While the effects of prolonged sleep deprivation on seizure occurrence has been thoroughly explored, little is known about the effects of day-to-day variations in the duration and quality of sleep on seizure probability.

The results from this paper suggest that day-to-day deviations from regular sleep duration correlates with changes in seizure probability. Sleeping longer, by 1·66 ± 0·52 h, may offer protective effects for patients with refractory focal epilepsy, reducing seizure risk. Furthermore, the occurrence of a seizure may disrupt sleep patterns by elongating sleep and, if the seizure occurs during sleep, reducing its quality.

Katrina L. Dell, Daniel E. Payne, Vaclav Kremen, Matias I. Maturana, Vaclav Gerla, Petr Nejedly, Gregory A. Worrell, Lhotska Lenka, Filip Mivalt, Raymond C. Boston, Benjamin H. Brinkmann, Wendyl D’Souza ,Anthony N. Burkitt, David B. Grayden, Levin Kuhlmann, Dean R. Freestone, and Mark J. Cook.

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While the effects of prolonged sleep deprivation on seizure occurrence has been thoroughly explored, little is known about the effects of day-to-day variations in the duration and quality of sleep on seizure probability. The results from this paper suggest that day-to-day deviations from regular sleep duration correlates with changes in seizure probability. Sleeping longer, by…