Friday, 21 February 2014

Symptoms and Causes of Having a Seizure in Sleep

It has been proven that when an individual experiences abnormal electrical activity in the brain, this can lead to seizures when awake or a seizure in sleep. The seizure is a transmission disturbances relating to impulses that are sent from the brain resulting in behavioral changes. Seizures will cause the individual to experience spasms, jerky movements and sensory and emotional changes.

When a seizure has been diagnosed as a chronic type of seizure it will be called epilepsy. When a seizure is caused from an extremely high fever located in the area of the brain it will be called a type of febrile seizure. Febrile seizures can lead to a host of problems such as brain infections, cerebral palsy, internal bleeding located in the area of the brain, trauma and even disorders of the metabolism.

Certain individuals who experience a seizure while sleeping will undergo convulsions. However, convulsions are not a common occurrence for individuals who undergo a seizure. The symptoms of a seizure will vary greatly from one individual to another and the affected side in the brain. Generalized types of seizures will usually occur in individuals who present a problem with both parts of their brains.

When an individual has a partial seizure, only one side of the brain will be affected. For the majority of individuals who suffer from a seizure, the seizure will occur in an awake state. For some individuals seizure in sleep is a more common occurrence.

This type of seizure is classified or better known as a nocturnal seizure, the seizure will occur in any stage of a sleep pattern.  These stages can include REM which is known as (Rapid Eye Movement), light sleep or even deep sleep. The seizure occurs due to the change in patterns relating to the individuals brain waves as they move from one stage in their sleep pattern onto another.

These seizures occur in children and adults and are more common in the stages of light sleeping. This is the stage just before the individual moves into a deeper sleep or the stage just before waking up. The individual will experience jerky movements, spasms, deep breathing and a stiffness of the limbs. In many cases of seizure in sleep the individual will not even remember or be aware of the seizure and wake feeling drowsy or with an extensive headache.

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