As you sleep, bodily fluids build up around the eyes, resulting in eyelid swelling when you first wake up. According to "Spavelous Weekly Spa Magazine," puffiness is usually reduced by mid-morning as gravity begins to drain away the excess fluid. Additionally, there are also a few home remedies you can try to reduce the swelling. Although puffy eyes may not be particularly attractive, in most cases they are not a sign of a serious medical problem and may be prevented by making changes to your diet or daily routine.
Apply a cold gel eye mask or a bag of frozen peas to the eyes in the morning. Close your eyes and keep the mask or peas on your eyes for at least 10 minutes before removing.
Pour a glass of milk and add a few cotton balls to the glass. After squeezing out the excess milk, place the cotton balls over your eyelids. In addition to soothing your swollen eyelids, the milk may also help reduce dark circles under the eyes.
Use cucumber or apple slices or grated potatoes on your eyelids. Cool these foods before applying, and keep on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes to help reduce morning puffiness.
Put a tea bag on your eye to help constrict swollen blood vessels in the eyelids. Any kind of tea bag can be used. Wet the tea bag and place it in the freezer or refrigerator for 15 minutes before applying.
Take allergy medication if you have allergies that affect the eyes. Keeping a steady amount of medication in your body can help lessen puffiness and reduce the possibility that puffiness will become a chronic problem.
Use extra pillows at night and sleep on your back. Both of these things will help prevent fluid from accumulating around your eyes.