Sleep and Seizures. How Much Is It Costing You?

Epilepsy Talk

Sleepless nights. Exhausted afternoons. Confusion. Memory loss. Trouble with concentration, mood swings and of course, seizures.

Which may increase in frequency or severity. Or even contribute to intractable seizures.

It seems like an endless cycle.

For people with epilepsy, sleep problems are a double-edged sword;epilepsy disturbs sleep and sleep deprivation aggravates epilepsy.

Plus, the drugs used to treat epilepsy may also disturb sleep.

Studies have shown that approximately 70% of patients with epilepsy experience problems with sleep.

10-45% of people with epilepsy have seizures that occur predominantly or exclusively during sleep, whereas 34% have seizures upon awakening and 21% have diffuse seizures (while both awake and asleep).

Sleep activates electrical charges in the brain that result in seizures andseizures are timed according to the sleep-wake cycle. That sleep-wake cycle is associated with prominent changes in brain electrical activity and hormonal activity, so seizures and the sleep-wake cycle are closely related.

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