Can epilepsy cause sleep problems? Epilepsy can worsen your ability to sleep and can also make existing sleep disorders worse. Some of the drugs used to treat epilepsy may also affect sleep. Some seizure medicines may make people more sleepy. Others may lead to problems falling or staying asleep.
Which nerve is responsible for epilepsy? The vagus nerves branch off the brain on either side of the head and travel down the neck, along the esophagus to the intestinal tract. They are the longest nerves in the body, and affect swallowing and speech. The vagus nerves also connect to parts of the brain involved in seizures.
Can epilepsy lead to other neurological disorders? The epilepsies have many possible causes, but for up to half of people with epilepsy a cause is not known. In other cases, the epilepsies are clearly linked to genetic factors, developmental brain abnormalities, infection, traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, or other identifiable problems.
Is paralysis and epilepsy same? Epilepsy causes changes in electrical activity in the brain that can stop it working for a brief period. The result is a seizure, which is sometimes called a convulsion or fit. Afterward, the person may experience weakness or paralysis, and this is known as Todd’s paralysis.