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 three 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 may 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 for our health. For those who suffer from seizures, it is critical. Beyond getting enough rest, there are other issues. For example, blood sugar levels drop while sleeping and this may trigger a seizure. Therefore, some people may need to eat something right before bed, (legumes may help balance blood sugar levels, 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 and 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 are readers of this website from all over the world. If you are willing to share triggers you’ve discovered that are not this list, nor on the other two lists of triggers (Dietary and Chemical Triggers and Environmental Triggers), please email us and we will add it to the list.

  • Lack of sleep
  • Infection
  • Emotional pain
  • Constipation
  • Strong/extreme emotion or feeling sad
  • Fever
  • Strep
  • Over-exertion or heavy physical activity
  • Deep concentration
  • Pseudomonas*
  • Spinning (feeling dizzy)
  • Surge in blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Missing/Skipping medication
  • Bacterial infection
  • Inflammation
  • Missing meals (some need more than 3 meals a day)
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Low immunity
  • Too much excitement (over-stimulated)
  • Nasal congestion, colds or flu
  • Dehydration
  • Travel
  • Low Sodium
  • Too hot (overheating)
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Allergic reactions (cat, mold, grass)
  • Teething
  • Pain
  • Fluctuating hormones (menstrual cycle, puberty)
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiency
  • High cholesterol
  • Eating 

*Pseudomonas is a common bacterium that’s found in soil and water. It can cause chest infections, but these usually only occur in people with a weakened immune system or with a long-term lung condition such as cystic fibrosis.

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