The interactions between sleep and epilepsy are well known. A nodal point of the relationship between sleep and epilepsy is represented by pharmacological treatment. Sleep disturbances such as drowsiness are among the most frequent side effects of treatment with antiepileptic drugs, since they can deeply modify both sleep architecture and the sleep-wake cycle. Severe daytime somnolence affects patients' activities and it may facilitate the occurrence of seizures. These considerations underline the importance of antiepileptic drugs having anticonvulsant properties that do not negatively influence sleep and daytime somnolence. In this paper we review some relevant aspects of the effects of antiepileptic drugs on sleep.

Effect of antiepileptic drugs on sleep

GIGLI, Gian Luigi
2000

Abstract

The interactions between sleep and epilepsy are well known. A nodal point of the relationship between sleep and epilepsy is represented by pharmacological treatment. Sleep disturbances such as drowsiness are among the most frequent side effects of treatment with antiepileptic drugs, since they can deeply modify both sleep architecture and the sleep-wake cycle. Severe daytime somnolence affects patients' activities and it may facilitate the occurrence of seizures. These considerations underline the importance of antiepileptic drugs having anticonvulsant properties that do not negatively influence sleep and daytime somnolence. In this paper we review some relevant aspects of the effects of antiepileptic drugs on sleep.
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