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Why won't my eyes open after a scary dream? Any I don't even have eye crust!

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: Paralysis

In rem sleep our eyelid muscles are paralyzed.
If you wake up from a dream occurring during a rem cycle too quickly, your body muscles don't have time to become unparalyzed for a moment and you can't move or open your eyes. Can be frightening but not dangerous.

In brief: Paralysis

In rem sleep our eyelid muscles are paralyzed.
If you wake up from a dream occurring during a rem cycle too quickly, your body muscles don't have time to become unparalyzed for a moment and you can't move or open your eyes. Can be frightening but not dangerous.
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