What Happens If You Sleep With Your Eyes Open?

What Happens If You Sleep With Your Eyes Open?

Do you know some people sleep with their eyes open? Well, I am sure you are as shocked by this question as I was when I heard it first. But the reality is, this is a comparatively common phenomenon. Nearly 20% of people are affected by this condition. The eyelids do not close completely when they are asleep. As a result, they experience dryness in the eyes, and it can also result in severe complications if left untreated for very long.

This condition is called Lagophthalmos or sleeping with eyes completely open or partially closed. It still sounds slightly weird. This is a condition that can severely impact a person’s eye health. Often this is also known as Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. It can affect people of various age groups and both men and women. This is because there are a lot of causes for Lagophthalmos.

Causes of Sleeping With Your Eyes Open

So then the question is what exactly triggers this condition? Is it a natural development? Why do some people have and most don’t have it? Various reasons can result in this condition. It is primarily a muscular or nerve related disorder. In this condition, facial muscles or nerves are affected. As a result of this, the eyelids are not able to close completely.

So the medical term that causes Lagophthalmos is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles that enable the eyelid to open and close at will. It is called the Orbicularis Oculi, and when this is paralyzed for some reason, it results in people sleeping with open eyes. Some of the common conditions that can trigger this disorder include:

  • Stroke
  • Tumor
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Neuromuscular disorder or disease
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Autoimmune issues like Guillain-Barre Syndrome

However, these are not the only conditions affecting this disorder. Several infections can also trigger this weakness or paralysis of the Orbicularis Oculi. Different infections can cause this as well.

  • Chickenpox
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Leprosy
  • Lyme disease
  • Diphtheria
  • Botulism

A whole range of injuries or trauma can also result in this condition. Any type of injury or trauma may also result in this condition. In case there is any physical damage to the eyelids or any burns, it can trigger Nocturnal Lagophthalmos.

Many people also suffer from Grave’s Ophthalmology. This is common in those who may have hyperthyroidism. They face difficulty in closing the eyelids completely. There can also be genetic triggers for it. Some people may not be able to close their eyelids for no apparent reasons.

Symptoms of Nocturnal Lagophthalmos

Do you know why we blink our eyes or why it is essential to close our eyes? Every time you close your eyes, your eyeball is covered by a layer of tears. This layer helps in maintaining a moist covering for the eyeballs. In other words, it provides lubrication to your eyes. So, needless to mention that the open eyelids rob the eyes of this precious lubrication to a large extent. As a result, your eyes become dry. This dryness results in

  • Burning sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Redness of eyes
  • Irritation and Itchiness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Redness
  • Poor sleep

Most people who are affected have to continuously fight the sensation of scratching the eyes or rubbing the eyes. We all know that rubbing or scratching the eyes can never be good news. The eye is too delicate, and this can result in the long-term impact on your eye health. In other words, your vision can also be impaired if it is not taken care of well in time.

Cure For Nocturnal Lagophthalmos

But the good news is Nocturnal Lagophthalmos is treatable. The treatment for this mostly depends on the degree of complications. It can include introducing fake tears, applying eye creams, eye drops and other solutions. You can also use an eye mask or artificial tape. But these are only stop-gap solutions. They may avoid additional complications, but it does not solve the problem completely. All it does is to stop the problem from worsening any further. So the damage to the eyes is reduced only partially in this method of treatment.

For a more permanent cure, you will need to opt for surgical methods. There are various approaches to this method. The idea is to introduce a trigger that helps the eyelids to close completely while sleeping. The most common option is introducing an artificial weight in the eyelid to help it close on its own. Gold or platinum weights are used in this case.

However, the treatment methodology also differs depending on the triggers that result in Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. Some conditions are reversible, and in some instances, the damage is permanent. As a result, the type of surgery too differs as per that and also as per the patient.

Conclusion

Nocturnal Lagophthalmos affects sleep quality significantly. So individuals may also suffer from various other conditions as well. So, early diagnosis is one of the most critical factors that can help quick cure for this condition. If you are experiencing dry eyes and a constant urge to itch your eyes, it is best to visit the doctor.

In case your doctor suspects Nocturnal Lagophthalmos, they will also suggest a series of tests to confirm the conditions. If you have trouble closing your eyes, do not delay taking a medical opinion. The faster you seek help; the better are the chances for long-term benefits. If left untreated, it can also result in loss of vision.

Meditation Music And It’s Benefits

Meditation Music And It’s Benefits

Music has been known to actually naturally have a calming effect on people. This is because music has the power to easily alter an individual’s mood and behavior. According to research as this might end up going both ways actually, it may end up influencing someone to something negative or into doing something positive with themselves just because the music said so.  In the olden days, meditation music was used as a form of healing as it was believed to help in curing some problems and conditions. It was also used to communicate with spirits.

The very first use of music therapy was by the Turco-Persians psychologist and by a music theorist known as Al-Farabi, who was believed to have lived in the 9th century AD. He was known to use music to soothe the soul and calms the mind. In today’s society, music therapy has been considered to actually be a form of art and science. It has been utilized in helping with motor skills, cognitive functioning, emotional and effective development, quality of life and behaviors and social skills. Read more

Not Your Body

From a young age, we are taught to identify as our bodies.  We fill out forms for school, work and hospitals that are filled with bodily identification questions (gender, ethnicity, hair color, etc).  As we grow, social norms/stereotypes for our bodies guide our lives.  Boys are supposed to be tough and strong, athletic success or physical gains are desired and good grades in school will lead you to happiness.  The media also reinforces how our bodies are tied to happiness. From magazines touting easy body slimming/building exercise routines and celebrities who defy aging to television commercials showing young, successful, beautiful people enjoying life on a beach with their favorite beverage, we are constantly bombarded with depictions of the perfect body.  The message is simple, if your body is beautiful then you’ll be happy.  Follow a few simple exercises or take the new revolutionary health supplement or makeup product and you too can enjoy life like your favorite celebrity.

An issue with tying happiness to your body or bodily enjoyment is that it is temporary.  The happiness you received from these sense enjoyments will either fade away or will make you want more.  Think about it, was there an item you really wanted? What happened once you obtained that item?  It may have provided happiness for a while but it doesn’t solve your problems and can even become a source of stress, if you begin to worry about losing it.  Or exercising with the hope that a more physically attractive body will bring you happiness through increased relationships with the opposite sex. While the increased attention from others may bring more confidence or positive feelings, it can also lead to insecurities about what will happen if you don’t maintain your physical gains.  And this in turn will cause you to focus more time on your body and reinforce in your mind that your body equals happiness.

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Real Forgiveness

A couple of days ago I listened to a podcast of a man who, as a young lad, had lived on the streets of Ireland with a pack of stray dogs. He had been the youngest and smallest of triplets, only a couple of pounds at birth, born into the large family of an Irish father and a German mother, who were often at odds. The dog boy, Martin McKenna, was scholastically challenged, to say the least and hyperactive, what would now be called ADHD. I believe he still doesn’t write although was persuaded to “write” his book with a voice recorder. His father having treated him dreadfully, thinking he was good for nothing, and that the devil was in him. The other children didn’t get the same bad treatment. Whenever his father was drunk, a regular occurrence, Martin would hide or be beaten. When he was as young as seven his father began locking him in the cellar for days at a time, with nothing to eat but coal dust.

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Eventually Martin ran away, initially digging a hole in the ground to hide in, and eventually developing a life on the streets as top dog of a pack of stray mongrels. It was a raw existence, eating maybe every second day, living on pilfered bread and milk from the home deliveries of those times. After three years, with his brothers saying, come back, come back, Ma is sick, he returned to live at home and stayed until she died, at which time the whole family dispersed. Martin has gone on to make a success of his life, based on his in-depth understanding of the psychology of dogs.

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Simplify Your Life

Managing our life in this modern world all too often means managing a virtual avalanche of activities, responsibilities, decisions, information, and “stuff”. We have more on our plate than we know what to do with. Although we take on so much in the hope that it will bring us real happiness and fulfillment, very often we end up feeling overwhelmed, frazzled, stressed out and burnt out. Ironically, we experience relatively little peace, happiness, and satisfaction for all of our sacrifice and endeavoring in the pursuit of it.

Responsibility

If we are feeling overwhelmed by the fullness of our busy lives and yet we do not feel full and happy in the core of our hearts, then it is clear that something is out of balance. It is not just that we need less stuff in our lives, rather we need to be able recognize what is actually fulfilling for us and what is not, so that we can reorganize our lives accordingly.

In order to do this, we need to know very clearly who we are and what the actual purpose for our existence is. If we do not, then it will be impossible for us to discern what will be truly beneficial to have in our lives and what merely drains our valuable time and energy. Read more

Desire To Control

We are obviously not in control of everything. When we take an honest look at the immensity of what is beyond our control, it is a wonder that we would even try. In all of our years here, we have not even been able to gain more than very limited and temporary control over just our own mind and body – and virtually no control over the natural environment, other living beings, and so on. Yet, despite our tremendous lack of control, many of us still have such a strong desire to be in control that we feel compelled to keep trying – even though our attempts to do so our are causing us almost constant anxiety, frustration, and misery.

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So why do we do it? Why do we continue to try to control what is beyond our control?

Because we think we will find the happiness, peace, and satisfaction that we are longing for in manipulating material circumstances to our liking. We think if we can just control things enough, we will actually be happy and fulfilled – and remain so.

But the reality is that material things and circumstances can never bring us real and lasting happiness. Not simply because we can never completely control them, but because we are made of spiritual energy, not matter. Material things can stimulate temporary and superficial pleasure sensations in the mind and body, but they can never actually touch us – the spiritual being that is temporarily wearing the material mind and body.

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