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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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He sleeps in his eye open, what could be the cause of that. Is that anything bad?

He sleeps in his eye open, what could be the cause of that. Is that anything bad?

Depends: If the eyes are open a little, it is probably not bad. If open enough so that dryness irritates the surface of the eye, then that needs to be corrected. Eyes stay open during sleep with Graves disease, tumors behind the eye, and lid dysfunction. If the eyes are red and/or the vision is being affected, then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can a person sleep with their eyes open?

How can a person sleep with their eyes open?

Lagophthalmos: Sometimes the eye doesn't close all the way. Depends on how deep of a sleep you are referring to and if the eye has closure problems. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to learn how to sleep with your eyes open?

Can it be possible for you to learn how to sleep with your eyes open?

MAYBE: MY GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS REPUTED TO DO THAT. I HAVE NOT ENCOUNTERED IT IN MY PRACTICE.
WHY DO YOU ASK? PERHAPS THE QUESTION WOULD BE BETTER PUT TO A SLEEP DOCTOR. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent myself from sleeping with my eyes open?

Are there any good ways to prevent myself from sleeping with my eyes open?

Paper medical tape: Some people tend to sleep with their eyes slightly open, though there can be medical conditions that keep your eyes from closing during sleep. I recommend being seen by an ophthalmologist to be certain. An easy way to initially approach this is to close the eyes and gently apply paper medical tape to the upper eyelid and the cheek. It actually does not take much force to keep the lids closed. ...Read more

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What happens if you sleep with your eyes open, does it influence your dream?

What happens if you sleep with your eyes open, does it influence your dream?

No: If you sleep with your eyes open, your eyes could become dry. You may want to see an ophthalmologist for an examination to check your corneas. If they are drying out, then an artificial tear ointment OTC applied at bedtime may be helpful. ...Read more

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Could people that sleep with their eyes open still see while they are sleeping?

No: Sensory input, including the eyes, is somewhat depressed during sleep. Besides sleeping with your eyes open dries them out and is uncomfortable. ...Read more

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When I'm on the verge of sleeping it feels like I'm suddenly falling of a cliff and I open my eyes and nothing happens. Why?

When I'm on the verge of sleeping it feels like I'm suddenly falling of a cliff and I open my eyes and nothing happens. Why?

HYPNAGOGICI: This is called a "hypnogogic" experience. If it happens right before you wake up, it's callled a "hypnopompic "experience. It is a very common phenomenon ... It's like semi-waking dream... Unless it really bothers you or inhibits your sleep, nothing needs to be done... Avoid high stimulation before you go to bed...If you are concerned... See your family doc and possible referral for a sleep study. ...Read more

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Sometimes at night as I am falling to sleep, I get a really fast spinning sensation. I cannot open my eyes to stop it and I feel paralysed?

Sometimes at night as I am falling to sleep, I get a really fast spinning sensation. I cannot open my eyes to stop it and I feel paralysed?

Sleep evaluation: Hello bunny, I would encourage you to see your physician for an evaluation. Depending on findings s/he may recommend consultation with a sleep medicine specialist (& possibly a polysomnograph). ...Read more

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Sir, Sometimes when we getup in the morning we feel difficult to get up/insufficient of sleep or unable to open eye even though we sleep 8 hrs.why?

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Sometimes when we getup in the morning we feel difficult to get up/insufficient of sleep or unable to open eye even though we sleep 8 hrs.why?

Fatigue: It is normal to feel slightly fatigued after a full nights rest for about for roughly 30 minutes. Generally 7-9 hours is an adequate amount of sleep. If you are feeling fatigued all through the day it is possible you are having nocturnal arousals or awakenings. Alternatively, there are forms of sleep paralysis that occur when awakening which can cause the above symptoms. ...Read more

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I am a 27 yo male and for the last 5/6 years I’ve been having horrible hallucinations whilst sleeping. I’m awake and eyes open but I see people etc?

I am a 27 yo male and for the last 5/6 years I’ve been having horrible hallucinations whilst sleeping. I’m awake and eyes open but I see people etc?

Hypnagogic hallucina: Tions can be due to sleep deprivation (do you have a sleep disorder?), narcolepsy (typically presents with it plus nap attacks, sleep paralysis, and cataplex),, psychosis, medications/drugs, or delirium. Consult with your physician to begin a work-up and receive a referral to an appropriate specialist if indicated. ...Read more

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When I lay down and about to sleep. When my eyes close I feel like I'm falling. And when I open them I feel wared out. Any cure or treatment? Help!!!

When I lay down and about to sleep. When my eyes close I feel like I'm falling. And when I open them I feel wared out. Any cure or treatment? Help!!!

Go to bed earlier!: You may be very exhausted when going to bed, and during pre-sleep there is a phase where the muscles are slightly stiff then relax (hypnagogic myoclonic twitch or “Hypnic jerk”) that is normal before entering into sleep. It's just that you are overly aware of this sensation, versus being already asleep. So, it's more pronounced when you're overtired! See: http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/web ...Read more

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Are there any ways to sleep with your eyes open?

Are there any ways to sleep with your eyes open?

To some degree: Our eyelids naturally stay (mostly) closed when we are sleeping. There are those whose eyes do not stay completely closed; these individuals tend to suffer from dry eyes. Certain eye/neurological conditions can prevent the lids from closing, but in a healthy person, you cannot sleep with the eyes wide open. ...Read more

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Why do some people sleep with their eyes open?

Uncommon: This may occur with muscular disorders of the lid which can prevent full closure. It also may occur with trauma and burns which contact the upper lid and leave portions of the eye open at night. If the opening is too wide, it may damage the cornea and impede vision. Discuss this with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How do some people sleep with their eyes open?

How do some people sleep with their eyes open?

Many causes: Some people naturally sleep with their eyelids open 1-2 millimeters. Sometimes there is an underlying condition that contributes to poor eyelid closure such as graves' disease or bell's palsy. Sleeping with the eyelids open can lead to dryness of the corneas (exposure keratopathy). An eye exam is important to assess the health of the cornea and determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

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How can some people sleep with their eyes open?

How can some people sleep with their eyes open?

Difficult : Usually they have a problem with their eyelids like a type of scarring, or they are just not completely closed. Others who have a sleep disorder and sleepwalk have their eyes open too but they are not resting ...Read more

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How do certain people sleep with their eyes open?

How do certain people sleep with their eyes open?

Depends: Ost people have some type of eyelid problem such as scarring to prevent them from closing. Others might be sleepwalking but the are not resting. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to sleep with their eyes open?

Is it possible for someone to sleep with their eyes open?

Not usually: Closing the eyes prior to and during sleep is a protective reflex which keeps the eye moist and healthy and aids sleep by blocking out the light. There are a few with trauma and a some rare conditions which prevent this. They usually need ointments and eyedrops to protect the eye. They are aided by Bell's reflex in which the eye rolls up during sleep and other activities. ...Read more

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Is sleeping with your eyes partially open cause for alarm?

Is sleeping with your eyes partially open cause for alarm?

Concern not alarm: Any exposure of your eyes while sleeping can lead to surface scars/infections and poor vision and discomfort. Extra lubrication with an ophthalmic ointment is needed and a full medical evaluation is recommended. ...Read more

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How is it possible for people to sleep with their eyes open?

How is it possible for people to sleep with their eyes open?

Unintentionally: Some individuals eyelids drift apart during sleep, giving them the appearance that their eyes are partially open. A condition, bell's palsy, is an often reversible paralysis, that affects the ability to close the eyelid on one side. Injections of Botox for blepharospasm can sometimes result in temporary failure of eyelid closure. All of these generally result in ocular drying. All not intentional. ...Read more

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Why don't people who sleep with their eyes open see anything?

Why don't people who sleep with their eyes open see anything?

Asleep: In order to see, the brain must be awake and working. The eye sends the images to the brain; the brain has to do something with the images. When it is asleep, it is not processs the images. ...Read more

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My girlfriend often tells me that I'm sleeping with my eyes half-open. What could be the problem?

My girlfriend often tells me that I'm sleeping with my eyes half-open. What could be the problem?

Nothing wrong: Many people sleep with their eyes partially open, without it being abnormal. Sometimes health issues such as thyroid can cause it. If eyes are irritated, ointment at bedtime to cover the exposed eyes will help. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning then decided to go back sleep, then I felt asleep but I was awake and I couldn't open my eyes or move and I felt really heavy?

I woke up this morning then decided to go back sleep, then I felt asleep but I was awake and I couldn't open my eyes or move and I felt really heavy?

"Sleep paralysis"...: "Sleep paralysis" is experienced by many people from time to time. When you dream, your muscles are virtually paralyzed (medical term "atonia"). It protects you and bed partners from injury: no leg action in dreams of running, no hitting if you dream of it. If atonia hangs on as you waken, that's sleep paralysis. It usually clears in a few seconds. If severe, frequent, or frightening, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal if I sleep with my eyes open? Is this harmless or is it a sign of some kind of facial atrophy?

Is it normal if I sleep with my eyes open? Is this harmless or is it a sign of some kind of facial atrophy?

Depends: Some people tend to sleep with their eyes slightly open, though there can be medical conditions that keep your eyes from closing during sleep. I recommend being seen by an ophthalmologist to be certain. An easy way to initially approach this is to close the eyes and gently apply paper medical tape to the upper eyelid and the cheek. It actually does not take much force to keep the lids closed. ...Read more

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