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Are there any ways to sleep with your eyes open?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I sleep with my eyes open.
I always have. So does my daughter. The condition tracks through my family back to mongolia, where it is far more common. The eyes may be half open or completely open. The tears are thicker, but some temporary dry eye symptoms can manifest briefly after awakening. In most nonhereditary cases, it is abnormal and dangerous, due to a neurological condition.Wetting gels help.

In brief: Yes

I sleep with my eyes open.
I always have. So does my daughter. The condition tracks through my family back to mongolia, where it is far more common. The eyes may be half open or completely open. The tears are thicker, but some temporary dry eye symptoms can manifest briefly after awakening. In most nonhereditary cases, it is abnormal and dangerous, due to a neurological condition.Wetting gels help.
Dr. Harold Peltan
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Fascinating information -- could this have been some kind of survival skill in early Mongolia?
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

We don't know much about this as the pts themselves usually don't complain, because they themselves don't know.
Its usually their significant other who may notice this. But i know personally that this does happen, because my wife does...Quite unnerving actually because you think they're awake but they're not. Dry eyes are naturally associated with this.

In brief: Yes

We don't know much about this as the pts themselves usually don't complain, because they themselves don't know.
Its usually their significant other who may notice this. But i know personally that this does happen, because my wife does...Quite unnerving actually because you think they're awake but they're not. Dry eyes are naturally associated with this.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Agree. My daughter and I both do this. It is from an inherited gene that comes from Mongolia.
Dr. Allen Fein
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes- in Bell's Palsy

One sleeps with eyes shut to prevent dryness to the surfaces of the eye.
One cannot keep eyes open indefinitely because the discomfort of eye dryness will insure that one eventually blinks, consciously or automatically. Corneas really get damaged without moisture which could drastically impact one's ability to see. In bell's palsy, the eye does not blink, so patches are worn for protection.

In brief: Yes- in Bell's Palsy

One sleeps with eyes shut to prevent dryness to the surfaces of the eye.
One cannot keep eyes open indefinitely because the discomfort of eye dryness will insure that one eventually blinks, consciously or automatically. Corneas really get damaged without moisture which could drastically impact one's ability to see. In bell's palsy, the eye does not blink, so patches are worn for protection.
Dr. Allen Fein
Dr. Allen Fein
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