Why can't we sleep with our eyes open?

Asked by vidyatmika | 27th Jul, 2009, 04:30: PM

Expert Answer:

Some normal people sleep with their eyes slightly open. This symptom, however, should prompt a search for an underlying neurological problem, namely bilateral facial

weakness

. One of the more common

causes of such a problem, particularly if it has gone unnoticed by the individual, is a form of muscular

dystrophy called facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. This may be quite mild in some cases and may present only as some asymptomatic facial weakness and mild shoulder girdle muscle atrophy. It runs in families from generation to generation.
While there is no way of treating several of the causes of facial weakness, eyes could be held closed by pads, or even by surgery in extreme cases.

Answered by  | 6th Aug, 2009, 11:34: AM

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