Here is another brief article on the role that sleep plays in suicide. With COVID 19 in full swing, more people are struggling with sleep. These sorts of articles are important, but I always wonder if they are a double-edged sword, in that knowing that you’re not getting enough sleep can actually add to the stress that keeps you from sleeping! But knowledge is power, if used properly.
Based on 2018 epidemiologic data, 1.4 million adults per year make a non-fatal suicide attempt and 10.4 million have serious thoughts of suicide.2 Among the many risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, one that consistently emerges as an independent risk factor is sleep disturbance (broadly defined) along with the specific sleep disorders of insomnia, nightmares, and sleep apnea.