What are your strangest reasons to cry

5 reasons why crying is really good for you and your eyes

24 October 2019

Author: Kate Green

Why do we cry

people cry for a number of different reasons, whether it's because he's happy, sad, overwhelmed ... or maybe they're just chopping onions. We actually produce three different types of tears, all of which are triggered by different factors. First, there are basal tears that protect your eyes from dirt., These tears are always present in your eyes, keeping them clean and bacteria-free, despite the strange dust particle that gets into your eye. They also have reflex cracks that form in response to irritants in the air, such as onion fumes, smoke, or chemicals like detergents. These tears wash away the irritants to make sure your vision isn't compromised. The final type of tears are emotional tears, triggered by a range of feelings. Perhaps the most common cause is sadness, but many of us have likely experienced it because of happiness, empathy, guilt, and "other intense emotions."

What in our tears?

It won't come as a surprise that the main ingredient in tears is water. However, they also contain salt, fatty oils, and more than 1,500 proteins. We previously wrote about the three different layers of tears, and how any imbalance in them can lead to dry eyes. First, we have the layer of mucus that holds your eye's moisture to the eye - so you don't cry all the time! We also have an aqueous layer to keep the eye hydrated and flush out bacteria, while the oily layer prevents the eye moisture from evaporating.,

You need a good balance of these three components to maintain good eye health. Ironically, if you suffer from dry eye disease, you can actually develop really watery eyes. It does this because your eyes are trying to make up for the lack of one of the three components and overproduce another element. We also produce less basal tears with age, which is why, as you get older, you might find yourself with dry eyes. This can also happen through hormonal changes that come with pregnancy and menopause.

What causes tears?

When your eyes feel irritated, they are causing your tear glands to produce tears. These glands are located above each eye, between the outer edge of your eyelid and your eyebrow. The tears produced in this case are reflex tears and your body's natural reaction to wash away irritating particles or substances., Common triggers for reflex tears are:

  • specifically syn-propanethial-S-oxide, the gas it releases when you cut it)
  • dust
  • Chemical fumes
  • Screen time
  • Bright lights
  • Strong smells
  • Reading small text or focusing your eyes for long periods of time

Experiencing pain can often be a trigger for tears as it is believed that crying has "pain relieving effects" and is therefore the body's natural response to severe physical ailments., Likewise, emotional tears are believed to have relaxing effects, slowing our heart rate and calm us down. We will discuss the benefits of these types of tears in more detail later, but it is clear to see that tears serve the purpose of making us feel better after pain or intense emotions, also on a basic level.

What are the benefits of wine?

Crying has several benefits, both psychological and physiological. Each person produces between 15 and 30 gallons of tears a year, with women crying an average of 64 times a year and men 17 times a year., While no one has been able to confirm exactly why women cry more, it's important to note that men have smaller tear ducts and that their emotional tears contain 60% less prolactin. More research in this area is needed to discover the biological reasons for less masculine tears. Women also cry "more intensely," according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, perhaps as a result of societal expectations that men hide their emotions more.

There are actually social benefits that come with tears, humans are the only creatures who cry emotional tears and perhaps add to our status as the most social beings on the planet with the most sophisticated language and communication. Tears have actually been found to promote social bonding, and studies show that people who cry and are comforted by friends and family actually feel better after crying than people who haven't cried but are still comforted.

Additionally, HealthLine note that "emotional tears contain proteins and hormones that are not found in the other two types of tears"., The theory is that these hormones help us feel more relaxed after emotional crying or have the pain relieving effects to experience reflexive crying. Historically, crying has been seen as a social signal to indicate that you are desperate or need help, perhaps with crying, people have become better communicators.

What are the risks of a lack of tears?

With minimal tears and subsequent dry eyes, come some risks. If you've ever wanted to feel better when you shed a tear or two, simply know you're lowering your risk for developing:

  • Corneal abrasion
  • Eye infection
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Visual disturbances

Regarding the infection, the tears of the eye - with adequate lubrication - will wash away foreign matter. This removes most of the risk of infection and also reduces potential visual disturbances. Corneal abrasions and corneal ulcers both occur because the eye is not sufficiently hydrated, so crying - whether it is emotional or reflexive tears - can help keep the eye lubricated .

Ultimately, the endorphins released by crying are believed to help make us feel better, be it through pain relief or whether it's the "chemicals our brain produces to promote well-being". Tears are also beneficial for eye health, help keep dry eye diseases at bay, and flush out potential risks of infection.