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Doctor insights on: Why Babies Sleep With Eyes Halfway Open

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What causes an infant to rub eyes at night when sleeping?

What causes an infant to rub eyes at night when sleeping?

Check bedroom: There may be something he's allergic to, such stuffed animals, quilt or pillow. Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it normal for a 10 weeks old baby sleep with half of her eyes open?

Is it normal for a 10 weeks old baby sleep with half of her eyes open?

Can be: This does not happen frequently, but can happen and is not abnormal. She should be able to close her eyes at other times. All the best. Read more

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My child, she is 16 days old, her left eye is something wrong. After sleep some dust grow up and she can't open her eyes for some time.

My child, she is 16 days old, her left eye is something wrong. After sleep some dust grow up and she can't open her eyes for some time.

Can't open eye: Your baby may have chemical conjunctivitis as a result of the drops they put in the baby's eyes at birth. Try using a cotton all with lukewarm water to wipe away the matter, . If the condition persists see an eye doctor. Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to sleep without closing her eyes?

Is it normal for my baby to sleep without closing her eyes?

Yes.: This is a normal phenomenon. The most common condition that can somewhat mimic this partial eye opening in sleep is bell's palsy. Unlike the normal incomplete eye closure above, in bell's there is true weakness typically of the eye closing muscles on one side with frequent involvement of other facial muscles on that affected side. Commonly there is sound sensitivity and some change in taste. Read more

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Why do some people sleep with their eyes open?

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 eye lids 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"...: ...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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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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Can you train yourself to consciously sleep with your eyes open during the night?

Can you train yourself to consciously sleep with your eyes open during the night?

I wouldn't recommend: That. Closed lids help to prevent eyes from becoming too dry and protect against foreign bodies. Read more

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Can't sleep. Whenever I close my eyes I have a wierd problem where my eyes automatically try to open by blinkin.

Can't sleep. Whenever I close my eyes I have a wierd problem where my eyes automatically try to open by blinkin.

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the flight or fight response which gives rise to many physiological changes include dry mouth. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. Read more