The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 72, Issue 8, pp 687–690 | Cite as

Sleep and childhood epilepsy

  • S. Aneja
  • M. Gupta
Special Article


The inter-relationship between sleep and epilepsy is well recognized, Sleep is known to activate inter-ictal epileptiform discharges. A special timing of seizure in relation to sleep wake cycle is certainly a childhood epileptic syndrome. Children with epilepsy commonly have sleep problems which may be due to seizures or due to anxiety. Somnolence and diurnal sedation are frequent side effects of anti-epileptic drugs. thus epilepsy and its treatment can affect sleep leading to adverse effect on behavior, cognition and seizure control. Lack of sleep is an important trigger for epileptic seizures, therefore regular sleep must be a part of management strategy in children with epilepsy.

Key words

Sleep Antiepileptic drug EEG 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsLady Hardinge Medical CollegeNew Delhi
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyLady Hardinge Medical CollegeNew Delhi

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