Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Or, as we call in my family, "sleepies." Whatever you call them, they're kinda gross, and are quite humbling to find in the morning. Despite however beautifully your rest went, they're usually hiding in your eye corners in the morning-- or, worse, they hide until your coworker, horrified, mentions you might want to check a mirror.
But it looks like the story on eye-boogers is this:
"The general consensus is that this debris is the stuff leftover from dried out tears.... Tears are made up of water, protein, oils, and a mucous layer known as mucin, which typically coat the surface of the eye to moisten and protect it from viruses and bacteria.... When your eyes are closed and your eyelids are not blinking, dirt and debris within the eye isn't continually washed over by tears, which would help to dilute them. So at night, dryness causes the stuff in tears to precipitate out."
Ew and Oooooh! It's kind of poetic if you look at it that way: it's tear residue.
Does this make them any less gross to you? Do you have any fun names for "sleepies?"