Caring for someone with epilepsy

5th July 2018

A carer isn’t necessarily someone who works as in healthcare and gets paid. Quite often it’s a family member, partner or friend who assumes the responsibility of caring for a person with epilepsy. It can be a significant responsibility and is often exhausting for those who are taking care of a loved one. 1 in…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Sleep and epilepsy

25th June 2018

There is a link between epilepsy and sleep. In fact, some people only have seizures whilst asleep which can cause issues with the natural sleep cycle. Seizures whilst awake can also affect sleeping patterns and lead to a person with epilepsy being tired and missing out on important stages of sleep that helps the body…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)

4th June 2018

SUDEP is a fatal complication of epilepsy and is defined by death with no obvious cause. The average of premature deaths is higher in people with epilepsy and the reason is still uncertain, although strongly linked to seizures, particularly tonic-clonic seizures. One theory is that seizures can affect the heart rate or breathing rhythm of…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

How to stay safe in the bathroom with epilepsy

8th May 2018

For most people, the bathroom might not seem a particularly dangerous place, however, for those with epilepsy it can be extremely hazardous. It’s essential the precautions are taken to ensure people with epilepsy remain safe whilst using bathroom facilities, especially whilst bathing. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy then…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy

Swimming and Epilepsy – Staying safe in the water

12th March 2018

Swimming and water sports, in general, carry an inherent risk for people with epilepsy due to the danger of having a seizure in the water. Some may even choose to avoid the water altogether, however, with some preparation and making a few safety modifications there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to swim. Here are…

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Category: Leisure, Living with Epilepsy

Information on employing someone with epilepsy

13th December 2017

If you are an employer and you employ someone or are considering employing someone with epilepsy then you need to be aware of how their epilepsy might affect their work. If you already employ someone with epilepsy, the first step is to talk to your employee and make sure you are fully informed about their…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy