Benefits and basis of what blink through the eyes

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From serving vital purpose in the wholesomeness of it to serving still intents of lesser intensity in the part functioning of its essence, the naturally necessary mode in blinking is one that has been known to be a pursuit not in the least needless for the human eyes. Aiding the very adage in vision is one particularly known reason why all humans exhibit blinking as a behaviour and a tendency ingrained in their physiological aspect in living. But yielding importance in other related as well as definite modes and in not exclusively physical functioning at that is also what blinking asserts itself as being part of the bodily nature of an entire species relying rather on this seemingly peculiar form of display that interestingly ‘robs’ them off precious moments out of their waking time. That is a premise in much curiosity indeed as in what popular evokings as the blink and you miss reference might allude but the overall significance that the blinks of the eyes hold in all their rhythmic motion in the rather simple routine in fast and frequent opening and closing essentially is one that encompasses all visible and not so apparent as well links in holistic human existence and functioning.

The primary purpose of blinking is more than well established and equally evident in its more than often ‘prescribed’ means as a very helpful exercise in helping our windows to the world maintain all their health and power- of course in the visual entailing for what we rely them on. By providing moisture to the eyes as well as in helping them clear off from any foreign particles that interrupt with their efficient working and alter the optimum condition of existence while oxygenating them as well, blinking happens to singlehandedly assume the all important function in preserving the precious power of our eyes for us to perceive the world in as literal terms of it as possible. And this blinking does by lubricating and irrigating the eyes through the help of tears such that they do not dry out completely thus leading us on the path to encountering numerous problems of vision including the total loss of eyesight.

How blinking helps achieve this supreme purpose in attending to the definite strains subject upon the eyes is by their inducing salty secretions from the tear glands every time the lids close upon the organs of sight as well as by also delivering some protein laden moisture to them. As a reflex inbuilt into the human mode of bodily working such that it occurs as an involuntary, unconscious mostly activity in regularity, this momentary closing of the eyes is indeed a universal trait in all of humankind but the rate of its occurrence in different individuals tend to be not as exact. The general tendency is to hover around an average frequency of about four to six seconds but very intriguingly indeed, this transpires as a count far more frequent than what is needed to serve the purpose in moistening and cleaning the eyes. What emerges therefore is the definite prevalence of other motives as well that contributes to this average blinking speed and duration manifesting in such rapidness of occurrence.

Most significant of such motivations that lead our eyes to tirelessly partake that exercise in shutting and opening is one that involves the most important organ of the brain. The prime focus like always is on the extent and intensity of attentiveness that is entailed out of this reflex in necessity and that which blinking helps achieve by allowing the brain to rest, even when for very short periods of time but enough for it to adjust its focus in as optimumness as is expected out of it. Leading thus the brain on a break so that it emerges refreshed and energised much like what it does to the eyes is therefore the primary way that the blinks work to register themselves in such essence of rejuvenating and healing. But this again is not the only mode of functioning that blinking ascertains as part of its nature at least in what concerns the more psychological aspects of its influencing.

Blinking involves the brain in more assertiveness that what we generally think of and even beyond its utmost premise in readjusting focus by helping zone out for a while. Because even in all commonality of its occurrence for an average 15 blinks per minute in ordinary circumstances, this frequency in demonstration reduces almost by half- or even more so- to just some three to eight times every 60 seconds when we are engrossed in something particularly stimulating for the brain. This means therefore that blinking not only helps the brain to focus but it also happens to be an indicator itself of immense levels of concentration, albeit in the considerable suppression of its happening. That is a premise seemingly set in some contradiction but in eliciting still the best response out of every single activity in what strikes as important at the moment, blinking tends to be as essential and knowing a reflex of what it takes exactly to come across as something that matters and in such extent of it.

Irrespective of whether we blink a normal number of times in normal events or tend to be not so allowing of its impact to manifest in as much frequency in circumstances of considerable engagement, what we are essentially doing still is resetting the brain such that it is even more wired in the primary pursuit in focus. And this revelation in definiteness paves also the path for more enlightening discoveries to be made about blinking itself, like the fact that blinking perhaps is not so much spontaneous nor as random as we make it out to be. In fact blinking seems to be guided by the activities occurring at that moment when we need to be letting the eyes perform its function in partial shutdown so much so that it might be rather predictable indeed. Blinking then perhaps is a tactic in much deliberateness as in shutting off the visual stimuli and allowing the brain its own sweet time in readjusting and refocussing and switching attention between pursuits so as to aid the performance of this central presence as much as it does with and through the eyes.

Such not so visible capacity in which blinking acts again is an area of its functioning not concentrated in just the range of what it helps the brain to do. Unexpected as it might be in its ingrained from birth nature as a bodily function, blinking also comes across as revealing of emotions in its characterisation as some sort of a body language or rather a behavior. And the one thing very prominently playing out through blinking in the frequency of its occurrence is the stress levels of the bearer displaying such behavior in erratic rapidness. It has been rather established a relation in directness that links being stressed to a greater tendency to blink more often and more rapidly. Equally impactful in affecting the rate and frequency in which one blinks would be such behavior as lying for instance even as a range of physical conditions can also substantially alter the movement of the eyelids in not always speeding it up but also sometimes in reducing the span of occurrence. Much versatile therefore are the dynamics across which blinking manifests as a function in all humanness despite its general perceiving as an action merely happening in necessary uniformity.

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Blink and miss might appear as a very real manifestation of something we have believed in all along as missing out indeed on what transpires in those numerous tiny milliseconds of the moments that we unintentionally, improperly and helplessly ‘sleep’ through our day. But laud indeed the veteran experience in blinking that ensures that we do not really miss out on anything important to these semi automatic shuts of the eyes. Drawing upon such inference of engaging in some activity that leads us to blink only along the ‘stop points’ of them- however you might choose to interpret that particular instance when we let the blinks take over us yet again, and it is more than certain that blinking isn’t always the all consuming character that we presume it to be. And that is what makes blinking even more curious and charmingly considerate a reflex that we continue to further the rest of our lives without even as much as (the irony in) batting an eyelid.

In such adaptability of it in emerging as a factor in influencing and being influenced in turn by everything that sums up the greater functioning of the human being, blinking for sure is not so ordinary a bodily function. In fact subject to many a curious interpretations has been the mechanisms through which blinking works out in its maverickness almost commanding such deliberations that often has the world pondering about these ‘sleeping sessions’ of the waking times. With the average human well whiling away 10% of their waking moments in this momentary blinks of what presents to the brain as a tiny nap of sorts, that in daily terms rounds up to some 40 minutes every 24 hours span of existence, blinking sure is intricately embedded in the entire sleeping notion as well. And that explains yet another benefit that we have come to know blinking to be harbouring of.

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Blinking in a certain proper technique of it is oft cited a means in helping one fall asleep. Known as reverse blinking, this practice in deliberately closing the eyes and opening it for some 5 seconds or so as an activity in considerable continuity of almost 5 minutes has been long propounded to be a way in inviting sleep on nights when we toss and turn in bed. And though there does not exist much information as to why this works or if it indeed it works at all, the theory popularly believed in is that of a tired pair of eyes by exerting the muscles of it. And much as we know of tiredness and fatigue or exercise perhaps being triggering of the sleepy feels, blinking too sounds like an idea real therefore in such attempts at using it as a means to fully achieve what it anyway does half heartedly all day, all life long.

To stress enough the importance of blinking even in all ordinariness of it that occurs also as not something we really ponder over, this both eyed wink of no impure intention is yet another of the marvels through which we humans as living beings are programmed to function. That already explains and establishes the basis why the blinks of the eyes are so essential an act to indulge in. But to stretch further and yet not ever enough the many a benefits of blinking calls for a concentrating upon its purpose as one exclusive exploration in half open eyed wonder.