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Monday, May 2, 2016

Why Kids Sleep With Their Eyes Open. . .

Have you wondered why your children sleep with their eyes open? Have you ever watched and observed children that sleep with their eyes open? What is the reasoning behind this?

Did you know that sleeping with your eyes open is called Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. It may be temporary or permanent and involves the eyelid muscle. It can be caused by Bell’s palsy, infection, stroke, surgery, and trauma. Therefore, there are a variety of possible causes.

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Sleeping with the eyes open can also be hereditary. This is quite common in babies and usually stops between ages 12-15 months. When babies sleep with their eyes open some Pediatricians believe it may be that baby is spending more time in REM sleep.

Although sleeping with open eyes can cause dry eyes, surgery will correct the malfunction of the eyelids not closing. Then again, if the eyes not closing have not caused any problems, there may be no need for concern. Sometimes it bothers the parents more than the child, because when you see your child sleeping with the eyes open, it is just something you are not used to seeing. You always hear, “Close your eyes and go to sleep. In addition, the sleeping with the eyes open may not occur all of the time or during the nighttime.

Do not confuse your child sleeping with their eyes open and children that sit up in the bed that may open their eyes while sleeping, but are unseeing. This can be a restlessness in and bed and range to even walking in their sleep. This condition which is different from a children sleeping with their eyes open and is called Somnambulism and Somniloquy a sleep disorder.  Does your child sleep with his or her eyes open?

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  1. All four of my girls slept with their eyes open when they were babies, but as they have gotten older it does not happen anymore.

  2. Thank you for sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays, very interesting. Blessings

  3. Hi Betty,
    I have always wondered about that! Now I know, thanks to you! I am so glad you shared your insightful post 'Why Kids Sleep With Their Eyes Open. . .' with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

  4. I never saw more than a flicker of eyelids when my littles were very small. I wonder if this is more common with preemies... Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

  5. I hadn't heard of this. Thanks for the information.

  6. I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and delightful post with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!

    1. Thanks Deborah. I was happy to do so.