There’s a new study about epilepsy that says people suffering from it who sleep on their stomach are putting themselves at risk of dying suddenly in their sleep.
Epilepsy is more serious than we think. It’s considered a mental disorder and not just a simple occasion of uncontrolled convulsions and muscle spasms due to body fatigue. The signal comes from the brain directly in a group of nerve cells clustered together.
“Sudden unexpected death is the main cause of death in uncontrolled epilepsy and usually occurs unwitnessed during sleep,” said James Tao from University of Chicago in Illinois.
(Epilepsy does not choose the sex and age of its victims. In the US there are more than 3 million who are affected by it. The world incidence is 50 million. Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy cases are diagnosed in the United States every day.)
“Our findings highlight an important strategy for preventing sudden unexpected death in epilepsy – that ‘back is best’. Using wrist watches and bed alarms designed to detect seizures during sleep may also help prevent these deaths,” Tao said.
The research involved 25 studies. Included were 253 unexpected sudden deaths taking into account their body positions during the time of their demise? The result showed 73 percent of the individuals died while sleeping on their stomachs. Only 27 percent died in other sleeping position. It was also revealed that individuals who were 40 years or below were three times more likely to be found sleeping on their stomach at the time of sudden death compared to individuals who were above 40.
A total of 11 cases of sudden death occurred while the people were being monitored and their sleeping position was recorded. Similar to infant cases, adults often have an impaired ability to wake up after a seizure, especially a general seizure.
(Are you aware that there are more epileptics in the country than those who suffered from cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Muscular Dystrophy put together?)
The study was published online in the journal Neurology.