|Posted by frankjamesbailey on October 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM|
In the past few weeks I’ve noticed that my right eyelid has been twitching a lot more. I didn’t really know why so I did some research on the Internet. It turns out I shouldn’t have been on my computer to do the research. Let me explain.
A few years ago, when I was still working in radio, I was doing a morning show. I would go to bed at 10 or 11pm then get up at 4am, talk into a microphone and stare at a computer screen all day! My eyelid was twitching a lot back then! (between 2005 – 2009) But, in late 2009, when I got this cleaning job that I hated, the twitching went away. Weird, huh?
Well, here it is October of 2012. I’m doing my voice over business full time! I work from home and I love it! The strange thing is, I noticed that my right eyelid starting twitching again. I didn’t know why. So when I did some research on line I read that staring at a computer screen all day is one of the causes of eyelid twitching! That and lack of sleep is another! (Stress, fatigue, and few more causes are a part of it too, but these others don’t pertain to me)
Well, I do go to bed late (between 10:30pm - 11pm) and I’m usually up at 5:30am to help get my wife off to work. She takes our son to the baby sitter and then I help my daughter Paige get on the bus at 7:15am. So I’m only getting about 6 and 1/2 maybe 7 hours of sleep a night. I thought that would be good enought. I guess not!
Now, here is a little confession. In case you didn’t notice or couldn’t tell, I only have 1 eye. My left eye is a glass eye. Which is probably why my LEFT eyelid has NEVER twitched! ONLY my right eye! Just my good eye! The eye that is put under a lot of strain. I need to take care of my one good eye because it’s the ONLY eye that I have to see out of!
It is very hard for me NOT to stare at a computer screen. REALLY!! I know I need to take breaks, but I do a lot of research on the Internet and I read a lot of blogs, articles and story’s. Emails, Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Youtube, doing voice overs, auditioning for VO work, making videos, watching videos….
My Computer Is My Life!!!!!
If you have eyelid twitching, like me, the cure is simple. Look away from your computer screen about every ½ hour or so. Let your eyes focus on something else that’s not at a close range. The best thing to do is to look at something OUTSIDE for a few minutes! Focus on something really far! And finally…pretend your 6 years old, GO TO BED EARLY!!!
If you’re a full time working voice over actor, no matter how much time you spend in the studio, you have to call it a day sometime! Try not to worry too much about the one that might get away.
So, if you’re reading this right now. Thank you!
I very much appreciate everyone who reads my blogs!
But…right now, for your own good, look at the birds outside your window. It will do your eyes some good.