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There are so many possible triggers for seizures, and each person will have their own individual ones, so the ones we will discuss here cannot be an exhaustive list.

Common triggers include:

  • Missed medication
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Irregular eating
  • Hormone changes
  • Visual triggers

There are also some less common triggers which you should be aware of, one of which is a sudden change in atmospheric pressure, such as during the taking off or landing process of an aeroplane, but it could be something as simple as moving from sitting to standing too quickly.

Extremes in blood sugar levels can also cause seizures, particularly in people with diabetes. For example, when the blood sugar is too high, it is more likely to cause a partial focal seizure, whereas when the blood sugar is too low, tonic-clonic seizures are seen to be more common. Eating grapefruits can also affect lots of medications, not just anti-epileptic drugs, this is because one of the chemicals in grapefruit interferes with certain medications, changing its properties and rendering it largely useless. Certain smells can also bring about seizures. It has also been seen that certain perfumes have had an impact on the likelihood of having a seizure.