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Why do we rub our eyes when sleepy?

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Asked by little_moma at 8:17 PM on Feb. 6, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • i don't

    Answer by Mrs.Mack. at 8:18 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • Its because when you are tired, your muscles start slowing down and getting "tired" too. The weakest muscles are the first to show signs of this - which are in your eyes. That is why you get the "heavy lids" from being tired, and rubbing them is an unconscious way to stimulate the eye muscles and get them to work better. That's also why you have bags under your eyes when you don't get enough sleep - sleep regenerates muscle tissue, which gets tiny tears and wears out during the day from use, resulting in blood vessel breakage. So when you don't get enough sleep, those muscles don't get repaired, and thus the "eye bags" appear.

    Answer by Iskkra at 8:30 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • I do it because my eyes start burning and rubbing them makes them water more. I know it's time to get sleep (no matter what) when I can no longer control the muscles in my eyes. I start to go crossed eyed. Very annoying.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 10:29 PM on Feb. 6, 2010

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