Interactions Between Sleep Disorders and Epilepsy in Adults: Milena Pavlova, MD


The associate professor at Harvard Medical School and neurologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital spoke about sleep disorders and epilepsy in adults at the 2022 AES annual meeting. [WATCH TIME: 5 minutes]

WATCH TIME: 5 minutes

“We decided that it will be very important to educate clinicians who are not sleep specialists and researchers about what is happening with circadian rhythm disorders, which more or less a lot of the times that manifest problems with the interaction between sleep disorders and epilepsy.”

As sleep and epilepsy continues to impact patient quality of life, it’s important to be educated on how these conditions interact with each other to provide the most appropriate approach for care. For example, patients who gain better control of their seizures through medication could potentially also see improvements in their sleep health and vice versa.

Milena Pavlova, MD, presented a talk about sleep and epilepsy in adults in a special lecture at the 2022 American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting, held December 2 to 6, in Nashville, Tennessee.1 The session consisted of topics centered on the interactions of sleep and epilepsy across the lifespan including newborns, adolescents, adults, and the older populations.

Pavlova, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and neurologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, was recently interviewed by NeurologyLive® at the 2022 AES meeting and provided a brief overview of the topics discussed during the lecture. She also further elaborated on the current state of understanding the relationship between sleep and epilepsy as it relates to the adults and children.

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1. Pavlova M. Sleep and Epilepsy in Adults. Presented at: AES Annual Meeting; December 2-6, 2022; Nashville, TN, and virtual. Special Lecture.
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