Some patients may find that seizures occur in a pattern or are more likely to occur in certain situations. Making this determination is important so that those situations can be avoided. Sometimes these apparent connections are nothing more than chance, but others may be real. Using a seizure calendar or diary can help patients keep track of any possible factors for your later review.

Common seizure triggers

  • Specific time of day or night
  • Sleep deprivation - overtired or not sleeping well
  • At times of fevers or other illnesses
  • Flashing bright lights
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Stress
  • Associated with menstrual cycle (women) or other hormonal changes
  • Not eating well, low blood sugar
  • Specific foods, excess caffeine or other products that may aggravate seizures
  • Use of certain medications
Reviewed by: Steven C. Schachter MD on 5/2008
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