MODULE 3: Epilepsy Support and Non-medication Management 16 Epilepsy Self-Management: Managing Lifestyle and Wellness Managing your lifestyle and improving your overall wellness can be just as important as taking your AEDs regularly to help control seizures. Making a commitment to the treatment plan, including both medication and non-medication therapies, can help you live well with epilepsy.4,36 Let’s talk about some lifestyle changes that may help control your seizures and improve your quality of life.4,6,15,23,24 Reduce Stress For some people with epilepsy, stress can be a seizure trigger. People who experience stress can feel overwhelmed, anxious, or angry. Reducing stress may reduce the number of seizures you have. Some ways to reduce stress include yoga and meditation.4,6 Practice Good Sleep Hygiene Sleep is important for your overall well-being. Lack of sleep is a seizure trigger for some people. Good sleep hygiene means more than just getting enough sleep each night. It also means you should go to bed and get up at about the same time. Sleep in a cool, dark, quiet room. Try not to look at your smartphone, TV, or other electronic devices right before you go to bed. Avoid caffeine before bedtime.4,24 Eat Healthy Foods Proper nutrition (what you eat each day) may improve your overall well-being and may help with better seizure control.4,6 Try to eat regularly throughout the day so your blood sugar doesn’t get too low. Low blood sugar is a seizure trigger for some people.10 Choose healthy foods.4 There are some specific diets that can help some people with epilepsy.6 For example, the ketogenic diet is a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that may be prescribed by your doctor. Along with medication, the ketogenic diet may help control seizures for some people with epilepsy.37 You should talk to your healthcare team before making changes to your diet.6