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The kind of involuntary sleep you experience when you're really tired and trying to stay awake in a monotonous situation, like a class lecture. One minute you're propping your head in your hand, trying to pay attention, when all of a sudden you're out -- at least until your elbow slips sideways or your head falls forward, jarring you back to attention. Caused by a consistent lack of sleep over several days. Often the cause of car accidents, when the driver nods off during long hauls. Urban Dictionary

Usually results from sleep deprivation. Microsleep may be linked to narcolepsy and other sleep disorders such as severe insomnia. The person may believe they are awake but are actually in the REM cycle of the sleep process. It happens so quick that the person may not even be aware that they are sleeping. Episodes can last from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Usually, the person enters the dream state and may slip in and out of the REM cycle periodically. Urban Dictionary

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The word "microsleeps" in example sentences

But you'd probably be snatching subtle bursts of sleep even before you finally went to bed: sleep-deprived people slip in and out of "microsleeps" - seconds of sleep that occur without you noticing them, often with your eyes open. ❋ Unknown (2010)

Another symptom is the occurrence of "microsleeps," short bursts of sleep that can happen without a person even realizing it.

'microsleeps' which are 'very brief periods of loss of attention associated with events such as blank stare, head snapping, and prolonged eye closure which may occur when a person is fatigued but trying to stay awake to perform a monotonous task like driving a car or watching a computer screen.' ❋ Unknown (2008)

These pilots not only put in extended hours on duty but also crossed multiple time zones and had a tendency to fall into frequent, brief “microsleeps” lasting a few seconds. ❋ Tony Schwartz (2010)

During the critical final thirty minutes of the flight, the nonnapping pilots had an average of twenty-two “microsleeps” lasting between three and ten seconds. ❋ Tony Schwartz (2010)

Do you have what sleep researchers call “microsleeps,” brief episodes of sleep during the day when you just drop off for a moment? ❋ William Kent Krueger (2010)

These pilots not only put in extended hours on duty but also cross multiple time zones and had a tendency to fall into frequent, brief “microsleeps” lasting a few seconds. ❋ Tony Schwartz (2010)

White House staff have been seen nodding off in meetings (a good thing: those microsleeps can actually help them), and I can only imagine the toll this takes on their families. ❋ Unknown (2009)

The hallucinations that develop on the third day of wakefulness are thought to be hypnagogic hallucinations that occur during microsleeps or short periods of light sleep lasting about one to ten seconds. ❋ The Verger (2008)

"When you think you are awake, you are probably having numerous microsleeps that you are consciously unaware of," he says. ❋ Unknown (2010)

Man, I had a really bad microsleep during [trig] yesterday. I couldn't stay [awake] for more than [a minute] or two. ❋ W@tcher (2006)

I just [fell asleep] for [30 seconds], I just had a microsleep [episode]. ❋ NND9987 (2010)

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