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How much hours of sleep is required for an epilepsy patient ?

wat is the minimum hours of sleep needed for a student who suffers form fits ??? nw pu 2nd year
Asked On : Wed, 7 Mar 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear , that is a good question. You are a student and also suffer from epilepsy. Ideally the body requires about 8 hours of sleep to conduct repairs on damaged organs and to recuperate and rejuvenate itself. In your case being an epileptic does not mean you need more sleep than others, but more importantly you need to take your medications regularly and on time. You also need to ensure that you do not get into a situation that can cause you injury if you get a 'breakthrough fit' in spite of your medication. As a student, you do need 8 hours of sound sleep to rest your brain so that it will work actively again when you sit down to study after awakening. I hope this answers your query to your full satisfaction. Regards.
Answered: Wed, 7 Mar 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Finu Mathew's  Response
Hi ,

Sleep deprivation and Stress are well known factors which can precipitate seizures.Most seizure types are worsened by sleep deprivation. The general consensus is that people require about 8 hours of sleep a night.

It is difficult to define what is the normal quantity of sleep for any given individual for there are many who claim to be doing fine on lesser hours of sleep. One way to ascertain this is to check how alert and refreshed you feel after varying durations of sleep or how long you would sleep if allowed to sleep undisturbed.

Poor quality of sleep like reduced quantity of sleep can also give rise to problems like daytime sleepiness and mood alterations.

Sleep deprivation can give rise to a host of problems like irritability, low energy, poor judgment, increased reaction time, excessive eating and even affect immune function.

So from a point of view of your seizures and you as a student I am trying to drive home the importance of sleep.Also sleep restriction less than 6 hours a night can cause cognitive deficits as sleep plays a major role in memory formation and learning.

Good luck with your studies this year and hope you can do some smart planning and studying!
Answered: Wed, 7 Mar 2012
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