Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California


UCLA Previously Published Works bannerUCLA

Sleep and Epilepsy, Clinical Spectrum and Updated Review.

  • Author(s): Wu, Ting
  • Avidan, Alon Y
  • Engel, Jerome
  • et al.

Electroencephalogram (EEG) recording is essential in the evaluation of complex movement and behaviors during sleep, but in particular for differentiating epileptic versus nonepileptic events. In general, epileptiform discharges occur with greater density in the first few nonerapid eye movement cycles, and approximately 12% to 20% of seizures occur exclusively at night. This review examines the epilepsy types and syndromes whose presentation is strongly influenced by the sleep state, with an appraisal about the role that sleep plays in facilitating seizures, while deleaneatign EEG findings and clinical manifestation. The review will summarize the typical semiology of sleep-related hypermotor seizures and contrasted with those occurring during none/rapid eye movement parasomnias and sleep-related movement disorders.

Many UC-authored scholarly publications are freely available on this site because of the UC's open access policies. Let us know how this access is important for you.

Main Content
Current View