People who have epilepsy are at greater risk of having seizures.
1. Not taking epilepsy medication as prescribed
Taking medicine that is prescribed by your doctor is important. Don’t try and self-managed your condition. If you’re concerned about your medication talk to your doctor and don’t do anything without their advice and guidance.
2. Feeling tired
Understanding your body is important. When your body is tired – your brain is too. It’s good to have a rest at this point, as feeling tired can lead to a seizure.
3. Not getting enough sleep
Sleep is what helps us repair, revive and recover; it’s vital for everyone, especially for people who have epilepsy. Getting enough sleep – and good quality sleep every night is essential. Check out our tips on sleeping well.
Stress can creep up on you in many different shapes and forms, such as, friends, schools, exams, the list is endless! But learning how to manage your stress can go a long way.
Once you’re old enough to legally drink, people with epilepsy need to be careful about how much they are drinking and how often (even more so that people without epilepsy). Visit this page for more information on alcohol.
6. Flashing or flickering lights
7. Menstruation (periods)
This isn’t something that girls can easily avoid! If you feel there is a link between your menstrual cycle and your seizures please speak to your doctor.
8. Missing meals
Like a lot of things in this list, skipping meals won’t help your body. People who have epilepsy need to manage their food intake to ensure they aren’t missing meals. Visit this page on fasting – food rumours and healthy weight
how to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
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