There are several techniques, methods and ideas that can be used in order to reduce intensity and duration of sleep seizures and later present-stop them completely. Among useful measures are: prevention of sleeping on one’s back, prevention of mouth breathing, good air quality and thermo-regulation during sleep, physical exercise with nasal breathing only during the day, not having large meals just before sleep, etc.
Some epileptics have seizures during night time without being aware about them in the morning. Sleep seizures are similar to sleep apnea. Both produce devastating effects on well-being and performance of the person due to absence of reduction in deep stages of sleep.
Seizures develop due to ineffective breathing during sleep. As a first step, it will be right to study effects of sleep on breathing and why the severely sick are most likely to have acute health problems and die during sleep. This GoogleVideo clip will help to understand this Morning Heavy Breathing Effect:
Morning Heavy Breathing Effect
Our breath parameters solely control existence, appearance, duration and degree of sleep seizures. How to they relate to each other? The more you breathe, the less oxygen, blood, and CO2 are delivered to your brain. Hundreds of research studies have confirmed the following law of respiration: over-breathing (or breathing more than the tiny medical norm) REDUCES oxygenation of tissues. This specific effect takes place because of qualities of carbon dioxide: this chemical is a dilator of blood vessels and is indispensable for discharge of oxygen to organs. Meanwhile, normal (or high) brain oxygenation and CO2 content are very important for well-being of the brain.
Check your chances of seizures with a simple DIY body oxygenation test
To check one’s breathing, regularly measure your stress-free breath holding time started after your usual exhalation. Exhale as usually, pinch your nostrils and monitor how long you can be without breathing and without any discomfort. This test measures oxygenation and blood supply to your brain. The weightier your breathing, the less the quantity of oxygen delivered to the body cells and brain. These are practical results:
If you have 1-5 s for body oxygenation, you can have a life-threatening seizure. Severe degree of overbreathing possible types of seizures include tonic seizures, myoclonic seizures, complex partial seizures, clonic seizures, atonic seizures, status epilepticus, absence seizures or Petit mal and tonic-clonic seizures or Grand mal.
If you have 5-10 s CP, you can end up getting simple partial seizures, complex partial seizures and absence seizures; more severe varieties of seizure can be aggravated by nervousness or any provocation that further intensifies your breathing and decreases your oxygen content in the body down to nearly 5 s or less.
11-20 s: people can develop myoclonic seizures, atonic seizures, and simple partial seizures or focal seizures. A more severe kind of seizures can be triggered by strong enough stress or lifestyle factor that further intensifies breathing so that your cells oxygen content down to around drops to around 5 s.
20-40 s tissue oxygenation: seizures are virtually impossible provided that the patient will not lessen their cells oxygenation.
Over 40 s: all versions of seizures are impossible. Note that 40 s for this particular breath hold is the clinical norm.
It is wise then to retrain one’s respiratory pattern so that to have normal respiration parameters 24/7. Then all seizures will be avoided naturally. Breathing retraining requires special breathing techniques: Amazing DIY breathing device, Buteyko method, Strelnikova breathing gymnastic, Frolov respiration device and correction of risk lifestyle factors:
- nasal breathing all the time
- breathing using the tummy all the time
- eating only when really hungry
- physical exercise with strictly nose breathing
- straight posture all the time
- proper thermo-regulation
- prevention of sleeping on one’s back
- good air quality
- and many others.
Lifestyle Factors for Prevention of Sleep Seizures
There are, on the other hand, special techniques how to stop seizures during sleep too. The crucial factors are:
– How to Maintain Nasal Breathing 24/7 Manual for prevention of mouth breathing and higher body oxygen levels
– Prevention of sleeping on one’s back (sleep only on your tummy-belly and/or left side)
– Normal heat exchange (do not use too warm blankets)
- Good air quality (open windows or air ionizer)
- Avoid any large meals after 6 pm
- Good air quality (open windows or air ionizer)
- High body oxygenation index when you go to sleep (hence, do not eat just before sleep; if you have to, sleep in a sitting position in an armchair)
If you get about 1-2 hours of any physical exercise with strictly nasal breathing, it is certain that your sleep will be much better. More information about causes of epilepsy and its link with breathing, CO2 in the brain, and medical studies about natural treatment and prevention of epilepsy and seizures: Stop Seizures with Breath Retraining – Cause of Seizures