To Sleep, Perchance to Seize: The Odd Marriage of Sleep and Epilepsy

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This article reviews the complex and increasingly scrutinized relationship between sleep and epilepsy, emphasizing the differential activation of interictal epileptiform discharges and seizures during different sleep stages, the sleep-related epilepsies (those with preferential occurrence during sleep or following arousal), and sleep disorders that may exacerbate or mimic epilepsy. Recognition and treatment of nocturnal seizures and primary sleep disorders in patients with epilepsy may lead to improvements in seizure burden and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-163
Number of pages34
JournalNeurodiagnostic Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • EEG
  • Epilepsy
  • Parasomnia
  • Pathophysiology
  • Sleep
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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