• Question: I'm interested in sleep. Why to we get bags under our eyes when we're tired?

    Asked by bbediako to Xiaohan, Toby, Sophie, SarahC, SarahCarter, Sarah, Samir, Robyn, Ricardo, Petruta, Paige, Nuru, Nazia, NathanK, NathanJ, Nadine, Michael, Mahrukh, Lotte, Katrina, Kate, Jennifer, Ioana, Ebrima, Chun Hei, Bethany, Andrea, Amadou, Alieu, Alex on 9 Mar 2020.
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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 9 Mar 2020:


      That is a great question! The skin under our eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so you can see blood vessels there more than anywhere else. When we don’t sleep enough, the blood vessels in our body dilate and you see that as a darker tint of the thin skin under your eyes.

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      Nuru Noor answered on 9 Mar 2020:


      Really good question – I don’t know the answer but I’m going to keep an eye on this thread because now I want to know too!!

      That’s the great thing about science – trying to find out answers to questions where people may not know the answer πŸ‘

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 9 Mar 2020:


      Great question – I don’t know the answer either so have learn something new from Ioana’s answer! Now, what I would really like to know is how to get rid of them as it feels like I always have bags under my eyes at the moment… maybe that’s something new to research!?

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      I agree with Ioana’s answer.

      I also wrote a post about this a few years ago, so you can read here for more info:
      ScienceExplained. Why do we get bags under our eyes?

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      Great question! I did not know the answer, but thanks to Ioana I now do. Great to learn new things πŸ™‚

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      Honestly that is a really good question! I have absolutely no idea, so I will keep an eye on this thread. Thanks for the really good question!

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 12 Mar 2020:


      I think Ioana has answered this well!

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      Sarah Brown answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      I didn’t know the answer so have learnt something new here too! πŸ™‚

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      Me too!

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