Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Problem Sleepers Maybe Suicidal

People who suffer from constant chronic sleep problems are more likely to commit suicide, as a U.S study recently suggested. This study has caused enough concern that doctors are now being told to be on the lookout for patient that has reported troubled or disturbed sleep, even if they have no history of mental health problems at all!

The more varied types of sleep disturbances people had, the more likely they were to have thoughts of killing themselves, or may already have tried to do so. Scientists in the past have consistently linked sleep disturbances to an increased risk of suicidal behavior in people with psychiatric disorders and in adolescents but have not yet been conclusively proven until now.

Poor sleep and sleeping habits have long been linked with an increased risk of depression, but this study suggests that the increased risk of suicidal behavior is not necessarily linked to depression and thus can affect those that doctors might not feel are at risk. This is a great argument for people to get enough rest and sleep in our age where getting a good 8 hours sleep is harder and harder to come by.



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