Dealing with epilepsy

Trouble sleeping

It’s been a few years since I slept without waking up in the middle of the night or without a headache the next day. This excludes the days when I “slept like a baby” because I was extremely tired after working, shopping, travelling and other stuff like that.

It turns out that one of the “secondary effects” of epilepsy (the disorder) is having sleep disorders. What’s odd about this is that the lack of sleep or a really disturbed sleep can cause seizures. This is also my case, my seizures being provoked by fatigue and stress.

The second thing is that anticonvulsants should have a “sleeping” effect on the body, but most of the times it ends up in giving you a constant state of fatigue like you are sleepwalking (or sleep-running the marathon) each night.

Just wondering: are sleeping pills a solution? My neurologist recommended me to take a sleeping pill once in a while, but I didn’t want to. I’ll get back to you on this.