Do You Sleep With Open Eyes ?

@molusk (857)
Philippines
October 10, 2007 6:51pm CST
OK, wonderful people, don't laugh now. Just asking. You see, when our house helper sleeps, she sleep with her eyes, half open. And all you can see in her half open eyes are the white portion of her eyes. Do you also sleep with your eyes half open, or do you knew of somebody else who sleeps this way ?
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@drannhh (15229)
• United States
11 Oct 07
This is called "lagophthalmos" and it can be a symptom of some health condition if the person does it regularly and for prolonged periods of time. Otherwise it can be just temporary fatigue.I am somewhat curious, though, how you happen to be able to see her eyes when she is sleeping. Doesn't she have a room of her own? This isn't the same housekeeper who sleeps with the lights on, is it?
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
11 Oct 07
The guy that I saw when I was a teen, had fell asleep on our couch with his head back, so we could see it real well.
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@molusk (857)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
Whew! drannhh, you amaze me with your good memory. Yeah, you got it. She's the one. But don't get me wrong, drannh my friend. I think I knew were you are leading me to. Let me explain. After lunch, when everything is already cleaned and in order, this house helper of ours will have her siesta by dozing off on a couch in the living room. This we tolerate since she has nothing to do, and she is alone inside the house since I will be in my shop next door, and my wife will be in her office. Sometimes however, when I need to get something in the house then that is were I would usually see her sleeping on the couch, all the while staring at me with those white eyes and snoring with her mouth half open.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
11 Oct 07
hahaha as far as I know I don't sleep with my eyes half open. I know of a few family members that do though!
@molusk (857)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
Creepy, isn't it ? Thanks, maddysmommy
@prazad (281)
• India
11 Oct 07
sorry, i cant sleep with opened eyes. But i have one friend who keep his eyes partially opened during very hard sleeping.
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@molusk (857)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
prazad, I think your friend might have the same sleeping condition with that of our house helper. Thank you for your response.
@prazad (281)
• India
12 Oct 07
ha ha might be.. i will get laugh when i watch them sleeping.. i heard that some cats, fishes, and dolphin sleeps with out closing eyes.
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
maybe sometimes.. maybe because i dont see myself sleeping. i dont notice if i already slept. i know i also sleep like that but i dont remember it. i just woke up and a feeling that i am sleeping with open eyes. i sometimes snor when i am really tired.. ^^
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@molusk (857)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
Well I guess when we are tired sometimes our body acts strangely like dozing off with our eyes half open. Thanks for sharing
@molusk (857)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
Well I guess when we are tired, our body sometimes acts strangely like dozing off with our eyes half open. Thanks
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
Sleeping with open eyes? Gandalf of the Lord of the Rings. I remember 1 scene in the return of the king that he sleeps with eyes open as if looking to you. Haha..
@molusk (857)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
Oh yeah...I do remember that..thanks for reminding me of those episodes..Gandalf sleeping with those wide eyes open.
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
I have a funny story regarding your topic. My sister used to sleep with half open eyes. When i wake up one time because we share a room, i asked her something. I just keep on talking to her. And touched her evenly because i received no response, then suddenly she moved and close her eyes whole close. I was curious so i wake her up and then she wakes up and she don't know what i asked. I just laugh silently and answer her softly to forget it. I thought she was awake too, but i was wrong, she is sleeping with half eye open. Sometimes we are not aware that all of us are like that. When we are tired for the day and when we sleep, we sleep deeply, sometimes we are half open eye when sleeping. This is not in general, but people can be like these.
@molusk (857)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
I agree with your observation that sleeping with half open eyes might be brought about by tiredness of the body. Our good friend drannhh has a medical term for this. Thanks, grecychunny26
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
11 Oct 07
I use to know this guy, when I was a teenager who slept like that. Man, that is so creepy and gross to a kid. My foster sister and I would peek at him around the corner and then run in our room and laugh. It's like their looking at you, but they don't see you.
@molusk (857)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
Yeah, Rozie37, very well and true. The one who is sleeping seems to be looking at you with blank white eyes. Thanks.
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
11 Oct 07
I assume I don't sleep with my eyes open cause I figure my husband would have mentioned it to me if I ever did. I have to admit, I think I'd be a little creeped out to see someone asleep with their eyes open! lol
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@molusk (857)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
Yeah. I remember that creepy feeling the first time I saw our house helper sleeping with her half open eyes, with the white sides of her eyes glaring at me, while snoring from her half open mouth. elisa812, thanks.
@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
11 Oct 07
Nope, not that I'm aware of, but I do know what you're talking about, it's just like how people sleep walk and things like that, just they keep their eyes open or partially opened.
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@molusk (857)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
Might be. Just like person who snores,and talks in their dreams.Your response is appreciated.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
sorry but i cant help but laugh at your discussion, and heres my response.... how would i know if my eyes are shut or open when i sleep, im sleeping so i wouldnt know. lol
@molusk (857)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
he-he-he...but didn't your husband told you that the whites of your eyes can been when you are sleeping ? roniroxas, my friend, thanks. At least I made your morning shine with a bit of laughter.
@antonbunot (9486)
• Calgary, Alberta
22 Oct 15
I don't . . but my wife with slightly open eyes and wide open mouth! she snores . . .
@djmarion (4901)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
i also see some people who sleeps with their eyes slightly open and it makes me feel amuse. but no, i am not like that, i guess i sleep with my eyes close :)
@Hakusik (55)
• Poland
11 Oct 07
My brother sleep witch Open eyes but i dont able tchis, i tchink this is incredible when somebody sleeps witch open eyes
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
11 Oct 07
LOL. I have seen someone sleeping with eyes half opened too. It's quite a sight. Fish also sleeps with eyes open. =D I do not think i sleep with open eyes. I slept in the same room with my parents and brother when I was younger. They have never commented about me sleeping with my eyes open. Given their character, if they see me sleeping with my eyes open, they will surely tell me. Since they did not, I believe i sleep with my eyes close. =)
• United States
11 Oct 07
LOL i know exactly what you are talking about!!! Growing up i used to dread going to my room at night if my older sister was already asleep... she would sleep facing my bed face hanging as if smooshed into her pillow with her eyes half way open... the white of her eyeballs and the drool from her mouth and just the whole enitre posistion she was in freaked me out!! I was so happy to grow up get my own room etc etc...i thought my days are half open wide eyes at night were over until about 3 years old i noticed my daughter sleeps the same way!! i used to talk to her and tell her no dont fall asleep yet almost there etc etc and then i realized she was already asleep!! if i walk by her room at night i peek in and sometimes im chilled because i see one eye looking wide open at me and the other half way open with white showeing... at night time in the dark its freaky and the worst part is i cant always tell if shes awake or asleep!!
@wseayuan (374)
• China
11 Oct 07
hi ,friend . it is funny ,i haveto say i have never see that .how can that happen,the people sleep with the eyes open.maybe that is ture .there are a lot of things that beyond our think.that must be funny when see that case.
@jiangli (363)
• China
11 Oct 07
In China ancientry,there was a famous general named Zhangfei!He always sleep with open eyes !one day ,one underling wants to kill him,but finds his eyes is open ,the person fells so afraid that to die!
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
no i dont. but i have a relative who sleeps like that. her eyes were slightly open when shes sleeping. unlike your house helper who is half, you can notice that her eyes were a bit open but not that much. ^.^
@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
11 Oct 07
I have seen my cat sleep with her eyes open so I know she does that. I am not sure about myself though. Nobody has ever told me whether I do or not. This is an interesting topic. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
11 Oct 07
Yeah, my sister does this to this day. She's 23. When she was younger she had convulsions frequently so when we first saw her sleeping peacefully (thankfully) with her eyes half open we were scared out of our wits! she's outgrown her seizures but still freaks me out when I see her asleep.