I have been diagnosed with epilepsy since May, 2008. I first started having partial seizures with deja vu aura about 20 years ago. I had them up to 2-3x/week or as infrequent as 1-2x/month, under a lot of stress, sometimes daily. I never knew what it was until I had a really big siezure in May 2008 and ended up in the ER. The neurologist put me on keppra 500mg 2x/day and I have had no more seizures since then. At first the side effects were a problem, but after a couple of months, I have been fine on the keppra.
Only one small problem: I don't sleep. I never sleep. I am pretty much always tired, drink coffee sometimes, so I am not a zombie, but at night I just can't fall asleep. I have been dealing with this for the last year and 3 months. The neurologist prescribed me xanex to take "as needed" but I don't like it. It does knock me out, but I just don't want to take it. I am not a big fan of medications of any kind
I also don't want to mess around with anything that will interfer with the effectiveness of the keppra. I would like some advice on something herbal or over the counter that can help a person to sleep, that does not have side effects or interfer with seizures or seizure medication. Nothing that is addictive. Any suggestions?