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Question #4078 posted on 03/13/2004 12:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What causes the sleepies (or crusties or whatever you call them) in your eyes when you wake up? How come sometimes I have more than other times?

- Class too early

A: Dear Class too early,

Tears are made of salt water, protein, and fat. Eye crispies are the leftover protein and fat from tears that have dried up. When we're sleeping, our eyes are closed, and small tears seep out of the surface of the eye, where the water evaporates and the fat and protein dry up. Other possible components of eye crispies are sweat, oil, dust, and bacteria.

- FCSM, who is a little grossed out