Genes May Influence Sleep Of Seizure Disorder Patients

By Kathleen Lees
March 8, 2016

New research suggests that genetics play a role in sleep and waking time of seizures.

Researchers at Columbia University found that seizures were likely to occur at the same time in the sleep/wake cycle for many patients. 

"Our study provides the first evidence for a genetic contribution to sleep/wake timing of seizures. These results improve our understanding of the biology of sleep and seizures and can lead to better care of families affected by epilepsy," lead study author Columbia University's Dr. Melodie Winawer, said.