The night fright of nocturnal seizures

Epilepsy Talk

I can remember trying to rip out my hair. The inside of my head was going at a million miles an hour.

Sure, I was lucky I didn’t pee in my bed or fall off it. And happily I didn’t bite my tongue. Or end up bruised and sore.

But I was exhausted. With a horrible headache.

Like many, it was hard to stay awake during the day. (Hey, I’d just been up all night. Afraid to go back to sleep.)

It was an endless cycle. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t stay awake.

The curse of nocturnal seizures.

Well, I was in good company.

Studies have shown that 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).

But not everyone knows they’ve had a nocturnal seizure if they have…

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