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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RIVER VALLEY & OZARK EDITION - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant

My hus­band sleeps with his eyes open, and it creeps me out! Is he re­ally asleep? —Brit­tany Lohmar, Los An­ge­les, Calif.

When we sleep, we don’t see or re­spond to ex­ter­nal stim­uli. But as we can sleep with­out ac­tu­ally clos­ing our ears, we can sleep with­out clos­ing our eyes, although the sleep is likely of poor qual­ity. One can man­age to dis­en­gage from visual in­put— con­sider hyp­no­sis and self­in­d­uced trance states—but for sleep, closed eyes are cer­tainly prefer­able. For Valen­tine’s Day, you should buy him a con­toured sleep mask that al­lows him to keep his eyes open un­der it. (How ro­man­tict) It could be­newt you both.

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