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Sleep Seizures – One Of Various Sleep Problems

Every individual suffer with different kind of sleeping problems . It can happen that a number of people who have epilepsy will only encounter seizures while they sleep. Such seizures are called nocturnal. The remaining persons will therefore have seizures both during the day and during the night.

Sleep Problems – Sleep seizures

Sleep seizures Are More Frequent In NREM Phase

Researching on various sleep problems I came across a different kind of sleep problem that is sleep seizure which occur in a NREM phase of the sleep. When we go to sleep we can be in one of these two states which we alternate between throughout the night – REM rapid eye movement or NREM – its opposite. During either of these phases different parts of our brains are activated.

Sleep seizures are much more frequent during the NREM phase, while only partial seizures occur during REM sleep.

Sleep Problems: Detecting Sleep Seizures

How would you detect sleep problems in you, especially this one. The first natural way of detection is of course if you sleep together with someone and they notice that you are having seizures. Otherwise, if you live or sleep alone, you can detect sleep seizures by the consequences they cause, i.e. biting your own tongue or wetting the bet.

Doctors (neurologists) can also aid you in detection by using the similar techniques as for epilepsy, i.e. an EEG or an MRI scan. Furthermore, you can be tested by staying overnight while the doctors monitor your sleep quality / brain activity. In this case please do not be stressed. The procedure does not hurt at all and it does not matter how much sleep you do manage to get. While keeping you for about 8 hours the doctors can gather sufficient data to make an accurate judgement.

Sleep Seizures: What Causes This Sleep Problem

Seizures may result due to lack of sleep or incomplete sleep, i.e. when you awaken in the middle of the night one or more times or may be due to other sleeping problems. The more disturbed your sleeping is the higher the chance of both having seizures and, as well, having more of them. Therefore, especially if you are already suffering from the condition or with other sleep problems,  it makes good sense to control this aspect of the equation and get a good amount of quality sleep.

Sleep seizures: treatment

Simply the same methods are used as for epilepsy, i.e. prescribing anti-epileptic medicine.

Sleep Seizures: Consequences You May Face With This Sleep Problem

Naturally, going through such an ordeal, you will find yourself having great difficulty trying to get yourself up and out of bed in the morning due to the exhaustion and / or disorientation. Thus, you may need to take it slowly and allow yourself some time to readjust and get out of bed. Again, it is important to stress you always try to get a decent amount of sleep, so it will not help if you go to bed late. If it is difficult to do so due to your job, then speak with your employer about your sleep problems and see if they can allow you more flexible hours.

Consequences also fall upon driving. You can have a permission to drive either if you have not experienced them in the last 12 months or if you have only had sleep seizures for 3 years. The latter is because a person who only has seizures during sleep over such a long time span is very unlikely to have any seizures during the day, but it does mean that you can be quite tired during the day which can cause you to make mistakes.


  1. I saw a friend of mine having sleep seizures and it was really a frightening experience for me
    I haven’t really talked with him about it

  2. Its amazing that you could be having seizures during sleep and maybe you never will find out about it even until you die…