Lack of proper sleep, insufficient or problems that disrupts sleep can increase the chances of having a seizure, as well as the seizure's intensity and the duration.
However is not only the quantity, but the quality, of sleep that matters. A simple definition of a good nights' sleep is that it leaves a person feeling refreshed the next day.
It is unclear why sleep deprivation provokes seizures, however the sleep-wake cycle is associated with changes in brain electrical activity and hormonal activity, so seizures and the sleep-wake cycle are closely related.
Children need more sleep than adults. If a child consistently has more seizures when he or she does not sleep enough, reasons for this should be recognised and avoided in future.
Living with epilepsy
You may have questions about how you explain to your child about epilepsy, how to tell your child's school, as well as keeping your child safe.