Formerly known as Grand Mal seizures, Tonic-Clonic seizures impact the entire brain, and are a common result of epilepsy. They serve as an issue for those living with epilepsy, and they can result in considerable injury. These can include those related to the loss of body control during the ‘tonic’ phase of the seizure, and those related to the muscle contractions – often resulting in a bruised or lacerated tongue.
For those experiencing epilepsy, it can be disconcerting to sleep alone. These seizures can occur at any time, and can often result in a sufferer falling out of bed – a potential source of injury, an inconvenience, and if these seizures are combined with a physical disability, the potential to spend the entire remainder of the night on the floor. Clearly, this was an issue for disability services, in Cairns, and throughout Australia.
Luckily, there is a solution. The Epiassist Safe Bed is the creation of a Finnish firm, who became intent on finding a better solution to this issue. This bed offers epileptics the chance to sleep more soundly in their beds, safe in the knowledge that if they experience a Tonic-Clonic seizure, they will not be alone.
Using a thin sensory blanket, the Epiassist Safe Bed is able to differentiate between the movements of a person in the midst of sleep, even a restless sleeper or dreamer, and those experiencing a Tonic-Clonic seizure. They are able to alert a caregiver, or an authority if you live alone, about your non-presence in bed.
They are a godsend for those seeking a better, more assured sleep at night – whether you are the sufferer, the caregiver or merely a concerned family member, and they are another step towards encouraging the independence and a better lifestyle for epileptics.
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