Is it pos­si­ble to sleep with your eyes open?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q&a -

Not nor­mally, but there is a con­di­tion called noc­tur­nal lagoph­thal­mos where a suf­ferer is un­able to shut their eye­lids when asleep. Ac­cord­ing to one re­view, this oc­curs in up to 5 per cent of adults. This can be due to a va­ri­ety of fac­tors, in­clud­ing pro­trud­ing eyes or ab­nor­mal­i­ties of the eye­lids. There are also cases in which the cause has not been es­tab­lished. Noc­tural lagoph­thal­mos can lead to cer­tain dif­fi­cul­ties, from sore eyes to more se­vere prob­lems such as the de­vel­op­ment of ul­cers on the cornea. Do talk to your doc­tor if you are wak­ing up with red or sore eyes or have been told by some­one that you sleep with your eyes open. AGr

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