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As I’ve explained before on this site, dealing with epilepsy is a difficult task, but it isn’t impossible. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 50 million people around the globe suffer from epilepsy, and even with so many cases of the condition worldwide, there is no sure-fire cure. Luckily, there are ways to deal with epilepsy and ways to treat it. But even then, it helps to know a few warning signs of when a seizure might strike.

To be clear, you can’t always tell when a seizure will strike, but there are certain tells and signs that can alert you so that you can be better prepared for the future.

Common Warning Signs

Again, you can’t always tell when a seizure is coming, but sometimes your body can give you certain hints. The most common hints include:

  • Your senses are a bit heightened – In short, your sense of sight, hearing and smell might be overly sensitive to the point where you don’t want to experience any of these senses.
  • Anxiety – If you feel that you are getting overly anxious about anything, it may be a sign that a seizure is on the way.
  • Nausea and dizziness – If you’re epileptic and you start to feel nauseous and dizzy all of a sudden, you might be in the early stages of a seizure.

Whether you experience one of these signs or all of them before a seizure, make sure to document what you experience before and after the seizure. According to, most seizures are stereotypic in nature, meaning they tend to occur in the same way for the same reasons. If you can know what your signs are, then you can better prepare for a seizure, or even try to avoid it.


Seizures can simply happen without warning, but most times, epileptic seizures are caused by something called a trigger. Here are a few of the most common triggers:

  • Flashing Lights – This is possible the most stereotypical trigger for a seizure. Flashing lights can often lead to epileptic seizures.
  • Stress – If you are stressed out, your body can sometimes react by suffering from a seizure.
  • No Sleep – Sleep is important for your body and your brain, and if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you are putting yourself at risk of seizures.

Again, while there is no single cure for epilepsy, there are ways of treating it. And if you can learn about your epilepsy and avoid circumstances in which you might experience triggers, then you can potentially avoid epileptic seizures altogether.