Epilepsy, regardless of type, is associated with a marked increase on sleep quality, day time sleepiness and sleep disorders in people with epilepsy. There is considerable evidence that seizures in general directly interfere with normal sleep architecture or sleep patterns. A complex relationship exists between sleep and epilepsy and is influenced by sleep stage, type of epilepsy and antiepileptic medications.1
Sleep deprivation not only compromises our physical health, it also affects memory, attention, cognitive function and everyday living, with an even greater impact on people with epilepsy and their seizure control.
Click on the video to hear Dr Dan McLaughlin, a neurologist specialising in epilepsy, offer practical tips to adjust sleep patterns to accommodate late nights and early starts for work, recreational and social events.
Practical tips for sleeping
To gain a better understanding about sleep architecture, sleep disorders, the impact of seizures and antiepileptic medications on sleep as well as strategies to improve your sleep see Epilepsy 360° Magazine article ‘While you were sleeping’.
Source: 1 Derry, C., Duncan, S., 2013, Sleep and epilepsy, The Future of Translational Epilepsy Research, Epilepsy and Behaviour, vol.26, no. 3, p.p. 394-404.