State of Health (or Wellness) Seizure Triggers

This is a list of seizure triggers compiled from a survey of readers of this website.  Please keep in mind the following four things about this list.

A person’s overall health and well being is a huge factor in seizure activity.  For this reason, the top reported seizure triggers by a large margin were “sleep deprivation”, “stress”, “irregular eating”, and “overheating”.  While some of the items on this list may be called seizure triggers – others might be more accurately classified as things that make a person more susceptible to triggers by “lowering the threshold”.

Sleep issues are a big piece of the puzzle.  Getting enough rest is important to our health.  For those who suffer from seizures, it is critical.  Beyond getting enough rest, there are other issues.  For example, blood sugar drops while sleeping – and this may trigger a seizure.  Some need to eat something right before bed (legumes may help balance blood sugar, or a fatty snack may be in order).  The process of moving from sleep to waking or from one sleep state to another is partly a function of the brain.  Our brain waves and electrical processes change.  This can lead to seizure activity – especially if the change is abrupt.

This is not a complete or scientific survey and list.  Several hundred people responded to our survey.  The respondents were readers of this website from all over the world.  If you are willing to share triggers you’ve discovered that are not this list or the other two lists of triggers (Dietary and Chemical Triggers and Environmental Triggers) please email us and we will add it to the list.

The primary reason we’ve compiled a “seizure trigger” list is to assist people in identifying triggers in their diet – as that is the focus of this website.  Please see the list “Dietary and Chemical Seizure Triggers” for this information.  However, guarding our overall health can have a huge impact on our success or failure in managing seizures.

Reported State of Health Seizure Triggers

Lack of Sleep
Too Hot (overheating)
Anxiety, Fear
Missing/Skipping Medication
Missing Meals (some need more than 3 meals a day)
Vitamin or mineral deficiency
Low Blood Sugar
Spike in Blood Sugar
Over Exertion, heavy physical activity
Too Much Excitement (over stimulated)
Nasal Congestion, colds, flu
Low Immunity
Urinary Tract Infection
Bacterial Infection
Allergic Reactions (cats, mold, grass)
Fluctuating Hormones (menstrual cycle, puberty)
Strong/extreme emotion, sad
Emotional Pain
Deep concentration
Spinning (dizzy)
High Cholesterol
Surge in Blood Pressure
Low Sodium
Some report that Eating will trigger a seizure