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The Interface Between Sleep and Epilepsy

The Interface Between Sleep and Epilepsy Purpose of review To highlight the role sleep plays in epilepsy and the importance for evaluating and treating sleep issues in patients with epilepsy. Recent findings Recent studies show that patients with epilepsy have a twofold greater prevalence of sleep complaints. These complaints can stem from the epilepsy or its treatment. The identification of sleep disorders may require further inquiry as some standard questionnaires are not as accurate in patients with less perceived symptoms. Further work suggests that discharges from the epileptic focus during sleep or wake may have differentiating effects on the physiological sleep processes. This offers new insights to the possible mechanisms contributing to the development of resistant epilepsies. Additional studies suggest treating sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, benefits some patients, as does treating epilepsy may improve sleep. Summary Sleep disorders are prevalent in patients with epilepsy. Recognizing and treating comorbid sleep disorders affect patient quality of life and seizure freedom. . . . . . Keywords Epilepsy Circadian rhythm Sleep disorders Insomnia Sleep Seizures Introduction epilepsy on sleep, and the treatment sleep disorders in epilepsy patients are a small selection of topics in this complex link The relationship between sleep and epilepsy is bidirectional between http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Current Sleep Medicine Reports Springer Journals

The Interface Between Sleep and Epilepsy

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2019 by Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Internal Medicine; General Practice / Family Medicine; Otorhinolaryngology; Neurology; Cardiology; Psychiatry
eISSN
2198-6401
DOI
10.1007/s40675-019-00139-w
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Abstract

Purpose of review To highlight the role sleep plays in epilepsy and the importance for evaluating and treating sleep issues in patients with epilepsy. Recent findings Recent studies show that patients with epilepsy have a twofold greater prevalence of sleep complaints. These complaints can stem from the epilepsy or its treatment. The identification of sleep disorders may require further inquiry as some standard questionnaires are not as accurate in patients with less perceived symptoms. Further work suggests that discharges from the epileptic focus during sleep or wake may have differentiating effects on the physiological sleep processes. This offers new insights to the possible mechanisms contributing to the development of resistant epilepsies. Additional studies suggest treating sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, benefits some patients, as does treating epilepsy may improve sleep. Summary Sleep disorders are prevalent in patients with epilepsy. Recognizing and treating comorbid sleep disorders affect patient quality of life and seizure freedom. . . . . . Keywords Epilepsy Circadian rhythm Sleep disorders Insomnia Sleep Seizures Introduction epilepsy on sleep, and the treatment sleep disorders in epilepsy patients are a small selection of topics in this complex link The relationship between sleep and epilepsy is bidirectional between

Journal

Current Sleep Medicine ReportsSpringer Journals

Published: May 7, 2019

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