Living With Epilepsy 2017-07-22T19:38:50+00:00

Living With Epilepsy

Epilepsy affects many different parts of your life. Here are some ways to help lessen seizures and empower your life.

Epilepsy and Sleep

Sleep is essential for people with epilepsy, as a good night’s sleep can help you become more alert, improve your memory, reduce your seizures and reduce your stress. The non profit National Sleep Foundation’s mission is to improve health and well being through sleep education and advocacy.

Check out the National Sleep Foundations information on Epilepsy and Sleep here

Below is a Sleep Diary from the National Sleep Foundation to record your sleeping habits and learn how to improve them.

Click below to download the Sleep Diary

Track your sleeping habits to improve your sleep and reduce your seizures

National Sleep Foundation Sleep Diary

Epilepsy: The Night Thief – Read to learn more about types of seizures and medications and their effect on sleep. Seizures alone affect sleep. Medications have their own effects, so the more you know, the better you can manage your sleep and your seizures.

Epilepsy and Diet

Your diet can have a great effect on helping to control your seizures. Below is some information about the Ketogenic Diet as well as tips and tricks to help you stay healthy to lessen your seizures. Many people who have been unsuccessful controlling their seizures with prescribed medications have successfully curbed their seizures by following the Ketogenic Diet.  Click on the links below to learn more.

The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies

The Epilepsy Society – Diet and Nutrition

The Epilepsy Foundation – Ketogenic Diet

John Hopkins Neurology and Neurosurgery – Adult Epilepsy Diet Center

Eating Your Way to Seizure Control – American Epilepsy Society

Harvard Gazette – Unraveling the Secrets of the Epilepsy Diet (2012)

“The connection between metabolism and epilepsy has been such a puzzle,” said Yellen. “I’ve met a lot of kids whose lives are completely changed by this diet. It’s amazingly effective, and it works for many kids for whom drugs don’t work.”