Sleep seizures – after a diagnosis of epilepsy, your doctor may conduct a brain scan through an additional MRI or CT scan to examine the areas of the brain affected by the seizure.
When a person is found to have a seizure during sleep, you should make sure there are no sharp objects around the person or items that could cause injury.
You should also not try to hold them but should bring them to the floor, put pillows on their heads to avoid them falling to the bed.
If muscle twitching makes it difficult for them to breathe, you should contact the nearest medical facility for help.
Silent nighttime seizures are easily ignored, and over time if left untreated, it can leave a person unable to wake up.
Seizures occur when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
People often know about seizures that occur during the day, few people think that seizures occur at night, when the body rests.
However, according to Verywell Health, seizures can actually appear as soon as a person is asleep.
Since nocturnal seizures occur when a person is asleep, diagnosis is difficult.
If no close relatives witness it, a person’s nighttime seizures can be ignored.
There are many reasons that can cause a person to have a seizure.
However, the cause usually depends on the age and medical history. Half of people who have seizures have no clear explanation.
Convulsions at night occur due to potential causes such as high fever, head injury or traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, infections such as encephalitis, meningitis.
Congenital conditions such as Down syndrome, genetics, abnormal brain development, stroke or Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly can also lead to seizures.
The silent course of seizures at night is often harder to determine because the people who experience them are all asleep.
Many people even have mild seizures, wake up normally in the morning and don’t know what happened last night.
Seizures can occur at any time when the person is awake or asleep.
According to a 2015 study of “Sleep and Epilepsy Syndromes” published in Thieme, scientists found that about 20% of people with epilepsy only have seizures when sleeping, 40% only have seizures when awake and 35% have seizures both when awake and when sleeping.