What is a seizure trigger?
Seizure triggers are any factors that may precipitate a seizure. Some people may find that seizures occur in a pattern or are more likely to occur in certain situations. Sometimes these connections are just by chance, but other times it is not. Keeping track of your seizure triggers can help you recognize when a seizure may be coming. You can then be prepared and learn how to lessen the chance that a seizure may occur during this time.
Common Seizure Triggers
Some people will notice one or two triggers very easily, for example their seizures may occur only during sleep or when waking up. According to epilepsy.com, the following are some common seizure triggers:
- Specific time of day or night
- Sleep deprivation – overtired or not sleeping well
- At times of fevers or other illnesses
- Flashing bright lights
- Alcohol or drug use
- Hormonal changes
- Not eating well, low blood sugar
- Specific foods, excess caffeine or other products that may aggravate seizures
- Use of certain medications
As for myself, I have a tendency to have most of my seizures in the extreme early hours of the morning (like 2am or so). I will also have more seizures if under a lot of stress, not eating well, or sleep deprived.
I compensate by practicing stress management techniques such as meditation or yoga. When my stress levels increase, then I schedule more time for meditation or yoga. This method has been very successful for me. I practice my stress management techniques while taking my medicine regularly.