We've all been there...you're tired, you're ready for bed, but you just can't muster up the energy to take your makeup off.

So you decide to leave your mascara on and call it a night. But is that really a good idea? Let's find out.

The case against sleeping in mascara is pretty clear; it can cause breakage and sometimes even permanently damage your lashes.

Sleeping in mascara also clogs your pores and increases your risk of developing an eye infection.

Not to mention, it's just really bad for your skin in general. All of that being said, we know that sometimes you just can't help it. If you do find yourself in the situation where you have to sleep in your mascara, there are a few things you can do to minimize the damage.

First of all, make sure you're using a high-quality mascara that is meant to be worn overnight. Drugstore mascaras are generally not made for this purpose and will likely do more harm than good.

Second, use an oil-free makeup remover to gently cleanse your lashes before going to bed. This will remove any traces of mascara that could potentially cause irritation or lead to breakage.

Finally, invest in a good lash serum to help keep your lashes healthy and conditioned.

As tempting as it may be to just hit the hay without taking your makeup off, it's definitely not worth the risk.

Sleeping in mascara can cause all sorts of problems, from breakage and lash loss to actual permanent damage.

If you absolutely must sleep in your mascara, there are a few things you can do to lessen the impact, but ultimately it's best to just take it off before bedtime.

Your lashes will thank you!