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8 Things Will Happen When You Start Wearing Glasses Instead Of Contact Lens

8 Things Will Happen When You Start Wearing Glasses Instead Of Contact Lens

Wearing glasses has not always been a popular fashion decision. Remember the old adage, “Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.” Fortunately, times have changed and eyeglasses are more useful, popular and fashionable than ever before.

I personally abandoned my contact lenses after suffering a corneal abrasion that never healed properly, which makes contact lens wear difficult. At first, I struggled with the change, but as time marched on, I grew to discover many advantages and subtle life changes from wearing eyeglasses.

So what exactly will happen to you if you start wearing eyeglasses instead of contact lenses?

1. You’ll become more approachable.

Perhaps the most interesting change I noticed immediately when I abandoned contact lenses was that when wearing glasses, I became more approachable. Strangers talked to me on elevators instead of staring at their smartphones. People approached me at the local coffee shop and grocery store. Moreover, I became a source of advice and guidance to strangers and also colleagues.

Do my glasses have superpowers? Probably not. I sat in my armchair and contemplated the psychology of this phenomenon. I decided that ultimately, people form first impressions quickly and with the simple addition of eyeglasses, I was different in a profound way.

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The truth is, many studies show that those who wear glasses are perceived as more intelligent and successful. This finding is significant and partly answers why glasses make you more approachable. Eyeglasses also humanize you. Your glasses say, “hey, nobody’s perfect,” which helps people open up to you.

2. You’ll experience improved eye health.

When you see your ophthalmologist, is he or she wearing contact lenses or glasses? Typically, I notice that they wear glasses. There’s a reason for this fact. They know the risks of contact lens use.

Contact lenses cover the cornea of the eyes, which decreases the oxygen supply. When the oxygen supply is not sufficient from overwear of contact lenses or other factors, such as sleeping in contact lenses, hypoxia can occur which leads to red eyes, discomfort, temporary blurred vision and inflammation. This also increases your chances of getting an eye infection, which can be serious. Sometimes it can lead to vision loss. Moreover, dry eyes frequently occur for those who wear contact lenses.

Fortunately, wearing glasses frees you from dry eye discomfort that can occur from the frequent use of contact lenses. The risk of hypoxia-related complications is decreased, which lifts a heavy burden off your shoulders.

3. You’ll enjoy more freedom.

One of the immediate advantages of wearing glasses instead of contact lenses is you regain your freedom. With contact lenses, comes planning, scheduling and baggage. Lugging around eye drops, lens cases and solutions is a burden. Ensuring you remove your contacts on a schedule and using rewetting drops throughout the day is also inconvenient. What’s fantastic about eyeglasses is they only require a little cleaning rag and a sturdy case.

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Imagine you are an outdoor person who likes overnight camping or you are planning to hike a Colorado 14er. Carrying solutions and other contact lens paraphernalia weighs you down. Eyeglasses will give you the freedom you need in these situations. Or, perhaps you spend a lot of time traveling on business. Having the freedom to take a nap on a long flight without first removing your contact lenses in a tiny, turbulent bathroom is an amazing benefit you will certainly enjoy.

4. You’ll emphasize your signature look.

A signature look is not just for artists, designers and those who are famous. Anyone can establish a signature look, and wearing glasses is an excellent way to determine it. When I think of a signature style defined by wearing glasses, John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Jackie Kennedy and Tina Fey come to mind. Even fictional characters, such as Clark Kent, Claire Underwood and Noah Bennet have an unforgettable look, which is defined by their eyeglasses.

Is your style preppy, hipster, classic, bohemian, high-fashion or rocker? Do you have your own unique look? When you start wearing glasses, you can play up and define your unique style. For example, bold spectacles will completely transform you from “meh” to “geek-chic.” Or, a beautiful pair of designer frames will accentuate your high-fashion look.

5. You’ll see better at the end of a long work day.

I spend a lot of time on my laptop each day. Before switching to eyeglasses, by the end of a long work day my contact lenses would dry out and I felt as if I was looking through foggy windows. My eyes would be red, tired and sometimes they would twitch. Now, when wearing glasses, these problems are virtually eliminated.

Like me, a large number of people spend hours each day using computers and mobile devices, which can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged use of these devices contributes to dry, watery and tired eyes, and even blurred vision. These problems are exacerbated by contact lenses.

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When wearing glasses, your eyes will feel more fresh and invigorated, especially if you choose modern eyeglasses with anti-reflective coatings. These coatings provide improved comfort when using computers or other devices for long periods of time by reducing glare. They decrease glare by minimizing the light that reflects off the surfaces of your eyeglasses. As an added bonus, they improve night driving by increasing your field of vision and reaction times.

6. You’ll save some cash.

Contact lenses are expensive. With Hydrogel contact lenses, you typically pay $250 – $350 in the United States for a yearly supply, depending on your lens prescription. Solutions and drops can add up to nearly $350 yearly. Considering most contact lens wearers also purchase a pair of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, these costs really add up.

The cost of eyeglasses varies depending on the frames, lens category and add-ons. Nonetheless, an important fact to consider is that you can purchase many eyeglasses online that start at $95. The cost of eyeglasses increases with progressives, complicated prescriptions and add-ons such as photochromic lenses that darken when you go outside. However, the costs are typically less than with contact lenses. Even with all of these add-ons considered, most people who ditch the contact lenses and start wearing glasses save money over time.

7. You’ll emphasize your best features.

With carefully-chosen eyeglasses, you will emphasize your best features, while deemphasizing the features that you don’t like as much. Shape, detailing, color and fit can make your look.

For example, perhaps your eyes appear droopier than you wish or your forehead and upper-face are narrow. In this case, wearing glasses with cat eye frames will give your eyes a natural lift. Or maybe you have beautiful blue eyes and you want to highlight this feature. In this example, choosing eyeglass frames with a color that contrasts from your blue eyes, such as copper or red, will accentuate your amazing eyes.

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8. You’ll be more memorable.

Looking like everyone else is boring. One of the overlooked benefits of wearing glasses is you will stand out in a crowd. The uniqueness of your style will make you more memorable, which is a great asset in our competitive world.

Imagine you are interviewing for a job against ten other candidates. What can you do to stand out? Wearing glasses will give you a unique, memorable style, which will get you noticed.

Featured photo credit: Аня в очках / xvire1969 via flickr.com

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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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