Sleep and epilepsy.

Malow BA
Neurol Clin. 2005 23 (4): 1127-47

PMID: 16243619 · DOI:10.1016/j.ncl.2005.07.002

This article examines the relationship between sleep and epilepsy, an association that has been recognized since antiquity. The mechanisms whereby sleep facilitates seizures are under investigation, although the synchronizing role of thalamocortic networks seems contributory. Recognition of the variety of generalized and partial epileptic syndromes associated with sleep, familiarity with the differential diagnosis of nocturnal spells, and awareness of the role that antiepileptic drugs and sleep disorders may play in epilepsy are helpful in evaluating patients presenting with behavioral and motor disturbances of sleep.

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Automatism Diagnosis, Differential Electroencephalography Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe Humans Polysomnography Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm Sleep Stages Videotape Recording

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