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    What does it mean if a child sleeps with their eyes ajar?

    The situation when a child, especially a small child, sleeps with his eyes frightens parents. Is it normal to sleep with open eyes?

    Lyubov Nekrasova advised parents not to worry, because in most cases this does not indicate any dangerous condition. She recalled that sleep is divided into two phases, fast and slow. During the first, a person’s temperature and pressure rise, the brain is actively working, a person can have vivid dreams, eyeball movements occur. During the second phase, the body is relaxed, there is no movement of the eyeballs, the sleep is strong and deep.

    th week of development, the fetus begins to sleep, and from the 36th week, his sleep is divided into fast and slow phases. But we must remember that the sleep of a small child is significantly different from the sleep of adults.

    phase,” the doctor explained.

    She added that in children, REM sleep predominates and occupies more than 50% of all sleep.

    “Because of this, the child’s sleep is often superficial. The features of children’s sleep are such that a child can not only sleep with his eyes ajar, but also spin in his sleep, make sounds, cry, and wake up often. At an older age, in addition to sleeping with eyes ajar in the fast phase, the child may begin sleep-talking, bruxism, ”the doctor explained.

    Nekrasova added that all these are benign phenomena associated with the age structure sleep and treatment, for the most part, such phenomena do not require.

    But if something worries parents, it is better to consult a doctor who will help find the cause of sleep disorders and explain whether it is really a dream with ajar eyes is the norm and feature of children’s sleep or indicates some kind of pathology.

    Alarming bells include nocturnal enuresis in a child over four years old, regular sleepwalking, temporary respiratory arrest (apnea), headaches , frequent nightmares during which it is difficult to wake him up and calm him down, accompanying a dream with ajar eyes.

    Is it possible sleep with your eyes open?

    Nekrasova explained that it is possible to sleep with your eyes open, but this It rarely occurs, for example, in case of extreme fatigue. However, a child can sleep with their eyes half closed and still get enough sleep.

    “The age norms for sleep duration are very conditional.

    In fact, he sleeps more often, just his daily sleep is frequent short naps with half-open eyes – this does not harm the development of the child and is enough to feel good and develop normally, ”the doctor said. REM sleep is shortened and the child begins to sleep less often with half-open eyes. In addition, the duration of sleep is reduced, but it becomes deeper, so the child’s body has time to rest.

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