This is no April fool’s day joke folks. According to an article in BBC News, a new study shows that problems with sleeping may lead to a higher instance of suicide.
The more types of sleep disturbances people had, the more likely they were to have thoughts of killing themselves or actually try to do so.
The study will be presented at a World Psychiatric Association meeting.”
However, this is mostly the case with people who have chronic problems sleeping, not your typical tosser and turner. The article also goes on to explain that an increase in possible suicides is no surprise amongst people with psychiatric disorders, however:
…it has been unclear whether the association also exists in the general adult population.”
The findings show that:
People with two or more symptoms of insomnia were 2.6 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than those whose sleep was not disturbed.
Early morning waking was the single trait most strongly linked to suicidal behavior.”
These findings have led scientists to develop some interesting theories:
Experts have suggested that a lack of sleep might affect the way the brain works, leading to poor judgment and less ability to control impulses.
It is also suspected that both sleep disorders and suicidal thoughts might be linked to an imbalance in the chemical serotonin, which plays a key role in regulating mood.”
Studies aside, the best course of action for those who suffer from chronic sleep problems is to consult your doctor immediately. It appears that these effects compile over time, so the sooner you address the problem, the more likely it is that you will be able to fix it without damage.
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