Does closing your eyes for a long time count as sleeping

It's obvious that with closed eyes/being awake is just “resting” - so instead of referring to that as sleeping, it is purely “resting”

When we actually fall asleep many times we might not be able to clearly remember at all, it's somewhat like now.. now…. and then now… and then we already sleeping without even realizing, so what we defined and inquired regarding this is indeed correct but the part of going through stages much time remain as they are meaning, hard to recollect at all
When you rest your eyes, you essentially tell your body it’s safe and can take a break from focusing or thinking. a neuroscientist (Dr. Chiara Cirelli) from the University of Wisconsin, explains that “while we’re awake, all of our neurons are constantly firing, but that when we’re asleep, the neurons revert to an ‘up-and-down’ state in which only some are active at a given time” and that “during some stages of sleep, all neuron activity goes silent.” When you rest your eyes, the neurons will never go completely silent, but they do actually take a break and reduce stress.
Dr. Chiara Cirelli
No, closing your eyes for a long time does not count as sleeping. Sleep is a distinct state of unconsciousness that involves specific brain activity and physiological changes. During sleep, the body goes through different sleep stages, including rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, which have different characteristics and functions.

Closing your eyes for an extended period without actually entering a sleep state is typically referred to as "resting" or "relaxing." While resting or relaxing with closed eyes can provide some level of relaxation and restfulness, it does not provide the same restorative benefits as actual sleep.

During sleep, the body undergoes various processes important for physical and mental well-being, such as tissue repair, memory consolidation, hormone regulation, and energy restoration. These processes are not fully achieved by simply closing your eyes without falling asleep.

To ensure proper rest and overall health, it is important to establish regular sleep patterns and get an adequate amount of sleep each night. Most adults require around 7-9 hours of sleep per night, while the sleep needs of individuals may vary.


Sleeping is only sleeping once you have started going through the sleep cycles. Having your eyes closed does not count as sleep. because it's all about the brain waves. Sleeping brains send off different brainwaves to awake brains. though oddly R.E.M. Sleep does have some similar brainwaves to awake brains, hence why it is known as paradoxical sleep.

What Happens During NREM (non-rapid eye movement.) Sleep?

There are three phases of NREM sleep. Each stage can last from 5 to 15 minutes. You go through all three phases before reaching REM sleep.

Stage 1: Your eyes are closed, but it's easy to wake you up. This phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes.
Stage 2: You are in light sleep. Your heart rate slows and your body temperature drops. Your body is getting ready for deep sleep.
Stage 3: This is the deep sleep stage. It's harder to rouse you during this stage, and if someone woke you up, you would feel disoriented for a few minutes.
During the deep stages of NREM sleep, the body repairs and regrows tissues builds bone and muscle and strengthens the immune system.
As you get older, you sleep more lightly and get less deep sleep. Aging is also linked to shorter time spans of sleep, although studies show you still need as much sleep as when you were younger.

What Happens During REM (rapid eye movement.) Sleep?

Usually, REM sleep happens 90 minutes after you fall asleep. 
  • The first period of REM typically lasts 10 minutes. 
  • Each of your later REM stages gets longer, and the final one may last up to an hour. 
  • Your heart rate and breathing quicken.
  • You can have intense dreams during REM sleep since your brain is more active.
  • Babies can spend up to 50% of their sleep in the REM stage, compared to only about 20% for adults.


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