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Discovering your seizure cycles
Seer Research has found that seizure cycles are common for people with any type of epilepsy.
Our knowledge of seizure cycles can help to forecast your seizure risk*. Like a weather forecast, historical data of when your seizures occurred in the past can be used to reveal when your seizures might be more or less likely to occur in the future.
Seizure cycle tracking has the potential to help people living with epilepsy manage their condition and live a better quality of life.
How does the world’s first non-invasive seizure cycle tracker work?
Log your events, include details to help identify your triggers
Over time, the app will deliver insights about your seizure cycles^
See when you are more or less likely to experience seizure activity — Plan accordingly
^Individual seizure cycles are determined after at least 10 events have been logged in the Seer app. The frequency of seizures is a factor in establishing seizure cycles. Seizure cycle tracking becomes available once the app has identified strong seizure cycles.
A modern solution to an age-old question
Since ancient times, the question of if seizures could be predicted was largely theoretical.
Access to long-term EEG data and several critical discoveries have changed that and, now, we have clearer insights into how to track one’s seizure cycles.
Frequently asked questions
At this stage, we only support Fitbit devices. However, we eventually plan to support a range of wearable devices. The best way to stay updated with changes to the Seer app is to join our community newsletter. Alternatively, follow our social media pages.
Please note: Your Fitbit doesn’t record events, it acts as an additional source of data that the Seer app can use to better learn about your seizure cycles and improve your seizure cycle tracking. The use of a Fitbit smartwatch along with the Seer app is useful, but it is not essential.
Seer Research has found that underlying physiological heart rate cycles could better guide epilepsy therapy and seizure cycle tracking systems. Wearable devices, like Fitbit smartwatches, can help track this data. You can learn more on our ‘Breakthrough: Heart rate cycles’ webpage.
The Seer app was designed for use by people over the age of 18. People under the age of 18 are still able to create an account but we highly recommend this is done under the direction of an adult/caregiver. We have found that many caregivers use the Seer app for epilepsy management on behalf of people under the age of 18.
Please note: Seer hasn’t specifically validated seizure cycle algorithms in children under the age of 16, although, we do believe that the body rhythms that cause the risk of seizures to go up and down are also present in younger people.
Seizure cycle tracking has been shown to work with people experiencing different types of epilepsy. Currently all events reported in the Seer app will contribute equally to the seizure cycles uncovered.
We are aware that some people experience multiple types of seizures, and that seizure cycle tracking may be more important for some more than others — we would like to address this in future updates. If this sounds like you, we’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on how you might like different types of seizures to be managed within the Seer app. Please email us at email@example.com.
First things first, you need to download or update the Seer app. To access your personalised seizure cycles you need to log at least 10 events — you can log past seizure diary data to do this. When the app has at least 10 events and it can understand your cycles, it will begin to display the likelihood of you having a seizure.
The underpinning of seizure cycle tracking technology
In collaboration with some of the world’s leading epilepsy researchers, the Seer Research Team has published several papers on the topic of seizure cycles and cycle tracking in peer-reviewed journals.
Circadian and circaseptan rhythms in human epilepsy: a retrospective cohort study | 2018
Using data from over 10,000 seizure diaries (from SeizureTracker NeuroVista databases), this research paper verified that seizure cycles do exist and that most people have them.
Forecasting cycles of seizure likelihood | 2020
A majority of people with epilepsy exhibit circadian rhythms (24-hour cycles) in their seizure times. Using a mobile seizure diary app, this study developed personalized forecasts for it’s participants. Results showed that participants spent 67.1% of their time in a low-risk state and 14.8% of their time in a high-risk warning state.
Cycles in epilepsy | 2021
We know that cycles of epileptic brain activity operate over many timescales including daily (circadian), multi-day (multidien), and yearly (circannual). This paper reviews the tools identifying such cycles, highlights our knowledge gaps and explores how the concept of seizure risk can come to life.
Our research collaborators
*The Seer app is designed to display the likelihood of a seizure occurring for informational purposes only, and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and you should always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional. Seer Medical and its affiliates do not accept any liability for any omissions, errors, or inaccuracies in the forecast generated.