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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED If you can fall asleep with your eyes open? DR MIRIAM STOPPARD Helping to keep you fit and healthy miriam@mirror.co.uk @MiriamStoppard.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

Well, you can't. Unless you have a condition known as nocturnal lagophthalmos where you can't completely close your eyes while you are asleep.

Most people are unaware that they're sleeping this way until someone tells them, but they may wake up feeling eye pain.

As many as one in five people have nocturnal lagophthalmos. It's a variation of the condition lagophthalmos where people can never close their eyelids completely. It's usually due to weakness of the muscles in the eyelids and eyebrows.

Lagophthalmos can be triggered by an injury to the face or skull, thyroid disease and Bell's palsy, but it can also be hereditary.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2019
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