What causes seizures in sleep? Nocturnal epilepsy explained

Epilepsy is a serious condition that is characterised by uncontrollable limb twitching, jerking, and in many cases, loss of consciousness.

Caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, seizures can affect brain processes and lead to symptoms such as confusion, a lack of awareness, staring into space and loss of bodily control such as bladder function.

Symptoms vary according to the type of seizure, and some will only suffer from seizures while sleeping – this is called nocturnal epilepsy.

Here is everything you need to know about the condition.

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