Understanding the relationship between epilepsy and sleep disorders can help clinicians improve the management of both disorders according to a recent review in Epilepsy Research.
- Sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and parasomnias often occur in patients with epilepsy.
- Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Mayo Clinic reviewed the symptoms and diagnosis of these sleep disorders to help clinicians screen patients with epilepsy at risk for these problems.
- The review also explores treatment options and several case reports that illustrate the consequences of said sleep disorders in those with epilepsy.
- Latreille et al believe that employing the latest diagnostic and treatment approaches to co-morbid sleep disorders may improve patients’ functional status, alertness, quality of life and seizure burden.
Latreille V, St. Louis EK, Pavlova M. Co-morbid sleep disorders and epilepsy: A narrative review and case examples. Epilepsy Res. 2018; 145:185-197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2018.07.005