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Urgent epilepsy warning: Sleeping on your stomach could result in sudden death

by , 26 May 2015

If you - or a loved one - sufferers from listen up:

A new US study published in the journal Neurology has uncovered some frightening findings.

Epileptics who sleep on their stomachs are at risk of sudden, unexpected death!

Read on to find out how you can save your own life (or the life of a loved one) by sleeping on your back or side...

Sleeping in the prone position can cause sudden death in epilepsy patients

The new study analysed 1,106 studies from the PubMed, Web of Science and Scopus databases. Dr James Tao of the University of Chicago Medicine in the US and his colleagues led the study. 
The team identified 25 studies that included 253 sudden death cases among epilepsy patients. They went on to find that in 73.3% of cases, patients died while sleeping on their stomach.  Doctors call this the “prone” position. And, if you’re epileptic, it’s incredibly dangerous. 
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Why epilepsy patients might be at higher risk of sudden death during sleep

Researchers are unclear as to why younger people with epilepsy appear to be at higher risk of sudden death during sleep
Dr Tao does, however, say that it could be because they’re likely to be single, so they’re less likely to have anyone with them while sleeping. He also notes that if a patient has a seizure while in the prone position during sleep, they should turn onto their side.
There’s no cure for epilepsy, but refraining from sleeping in the prone position could saveyour life…
There’s currently no cure for epilepsy, so patients need to manage their disorder the best they can. Dr Tao suggests that epilepsy patients should avoid sleeping on their stomach and trying sleeping on their back or side instead. 
If you’re an epilepsy patient or have a loved one who suffers from this disorder, this urgent warning is for you. And Dr Tao urges you to take it seriously. If you could save a life (your own or that of a loved one), why not? It could be as simple as sleeping on your back or side…

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