Difficulty Sleeping May Contribute To Suicide Risk In Older Adults

The Washington Post (8/14, Kunkle) reports that a study published online Aug. 13 in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that “difficulty sleeping may contribute to a risk of suicide in older adults.” The study “examined data on 420 people who were an average of about 75 years old and living in the community.” The participants, made up of “400 control patients and 20 who died by suicide…were tracked over a 10 year period.”

The Boston Globe (8/14, Rice) mentions the study’s findings and adds that “according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, sleep complaints are actually one of the top 10 warning signs for suicide.”

Related Links:

— “Poor sleep appears linked to higher suicide risk in older adults, study shows,” Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, August 13, 2014.

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