Try to regulate sleeping habits so you have a consistent schedule and get enough sleep. Keep a log or diary of your sleep patterns, seizures and general well-being. Ask a partner or companion to record his or her observations too. Consider the following ideas to improve sleep.

  • Discuss your medicine schedule with your doctor or nurse. Changing times or doses at night may help sleep.
  • Limit caffeine and try to avoid it after noon time or mid-afternoon at the latest.
  • Avoid alcohol and nicotine prior to sleep.
  • Limit working or studying late at night. Stop work at least one hour before bedtime to allow time to relax.
  • Exercise in the early evening if possible.
  • Take warm showers or have someone give you a back rub before bedtime to decrease muscle tension.
  • Try relaxation exercises before bedtime.
  • Limit naps and don't nap in the early evening.
  • If anxious or worried, talk to someone or write down your feelings before going to sleep. Put this away and deal with these worries or concerns in the morning!
  • If you can't fall asleep within 15 minutes get up and do something else for 15 minutes. Then go back to bed and try again. Don't toss and turn in bed all night.

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Authored by: Steven C. Schachter MD | Patricia O. Shafer RN MN on 9/2008
Reviewed by: Patricia O. Shafer RN MN on 2/2014
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