Insomnia Increases Suicide Risk

Researchers at Georgia Regents University examined the possible influence of insomnia and disturbed sleep among patients with a history of depression and suicide. Their analysis revealed that the connection between insomnia and suicidal thoughts may be influenced by nightmares, and also by the presence of negative attitudes and beliefs about sleep in patients who are suffering from depression. Earlier research found that the severity of insomnia among patients suffering depression corresponded to a higher degree of suicidal thoughts. Understanding how insomnia can contribute to hopelessness and thoughts of suicide can provide important new options for suicide prevention and treatment of depression and thoughts of self-harm.

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