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What can cause seizures?

By Anonymous February 5, 2015 - 1:46pm
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I have a friend who says she gets seizures from time to time. She thinks they are triggered by lack of sleep. Could that be possible?

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question. 

Since we don't know anything about your friend or her medical history, we can only speak in general terms. 

Seizures are due to an interference with the brains's electrical system. 

They can happen due to have epilepsy - read more on that here:


or due to very high fevers in young children - called febrile seizures. These are sometimes seen in adults. Read more here:


Drug or alcohol can cause seizures, as can brain tumors, burns, poisonings, rabies, meningitis, lupus, mono, head injuries and certain other conditions. There are many reasons someone can get seizures. 

Severe lack of sleep (for days) may also cause them but a general lack of sleep (say, a bad night's sleep or only sleeping a few hours a night) should not generally cause seizures. 

Anyone suffering from seizures needs to see their doctor to find out why.

I hope this helps! 



February 5, 2015 - 4:15pm
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