Getting sleep by just closing eyes

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From: عبدالله ابو محمد
Country: Pakistan
Sent: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:30:33 +0300
Subject: Sleep is not for closing eyes only

Question:

In my research, I have concluded that sleep serves only one function: closing the eyes. Loss of consciousness follows only due to boredom. Note that fish that do not have eyelids do not sleep. There is more evidence to prove my thesis.

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Answer:

Science says that sleep serves neural function. The body of evidence is huge. You cannot ignore all that evidence and build your own theory based on a couple of observations. You can easily disprove your thesis by mechanically forcing a human being to keep his eyes open (with some irrigation to prevent corneal damage). Sleep will follow inevitably. That sleep will largely fulfill its function even during daylight (light has a major impact on sleep phase, not on sleep quality). To begin serious theorizing, you would need to answer the immediate question: if the function of sleep is to close the eyes, what is the function of closing the eyes?