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Nocturnal Seizures

General Information

A form of epilepsy, nocturnal seizures are uncontrolled spasms or convulsions that happen while you sleep. People who have nocturnal seizures often struggle with disrupted sleep, which in turn aggravates the seizures. It becomes a cycle, and it’s not always easy to recognize the connection.

That’s where our professionals come in. Goshen Physicians Sleep & Allergy Medicine has a team of experts who can diagnose and treat your sleep disorder. As part of our integrated care model, we can also work with your neurologist to find a personalized solution to your nocturnal seizures.

If you’re not sure what’s preventing you from having a good night’s sleep, talk to your primary care provider or contact us for a sleep disorders risk assessment at (574) 534-9911.

How to recognize the signs of nocturnal seizures

During nocturnal seizures, you may have convulsive moments or simply go stiff. Because they happen during sleep or when very drowsy, you’re not always aware you’re having a nocturnal seizure. Symptoms of interrupted sleep may be the first clue something is wrong, including:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Increased daytime seizures
  • Memory problems

How we treat seizures during sleep

Nocturnal seizure treatment focuses on treating epilepsy and improving sleep. Your neurologist can prescribe medication to control seizures, which is effective in 70 percent of people. This should help improve sleep, which in turn helps prevent seizures. You should also follow these tips for healthy sleep habits:

  • Go to bed around the same time every night.
  • Relax before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark and cool.
  • Get enough exercise during the day.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Limit stimulants like caffeine.

Talk to your primary care provider about a referral to Goshen Physicians Sleep & Allergy Medicine, where you can receive treatment from a board certified sleep specialist. Our experts understand that getting enough sleep is an important part of your health. Working together, our sleep specialists and neurologists can create a plan to improve your sleep and care for your complete well-being.

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