Lack of sleep raises suicide risk - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/09

Lack of sleep raises suicide risk

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New research suggests people with chronic sleep trouble may be at risk for suicidal behavior. 

For over a year, Polish scientists monitored the sleep disturbances and any suicidal thoughts of over 5000 people.  They found those with two or more sleep issues were nearly three times more likely to attempt suicide than those with no sleep problems.  The strongest link was with people who consistently woke up at least two hours earlier than they had planned in the morning. 

Researchers suspect it could be that sleep deprivation affects a person's judgment.  The study suggests a new reason for sleep trouble to be evaluated by a doctor.

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