Seizure and Triggers

Sometimes you may become aware that specific events or circumstances affect your seizures. These are usually called seizure triggers, and recognising your triggers can help you to reduce or even avoid seizures. Some known seizure triggers include:

  • Missed medication doses
  • Lack of sleep
  • Physical fatigue and exhaustion
  • Stress, excitement, emotional upset
  • Menstruation/hormonal changes
  • Illness or fever
  • Poor diet
  • Medications other than prescribed seizure medications
  • Flickering lights or geometric patterns
  • Too much alcohol
  • Illicit drugs (such as cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, LSD, withdrawal from marijuana)

What are your seizure triggers? If you’re not sure the best way to find out is to keep a diary of not only your seizures, but what happens beforehand. Note things like being unwell, feeling stressed, drinking alcohol, just woken up, not slept well, or having your period. Check out the online My Epilepsy Diary which you can also put in your smartphone and set medication reminders.