Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Suicide and Sleep

The researchers are also conducting two suicide-prevention clinical trials to test the efficacy of a brief, non-medication insomnia treatment for suicidal behaviors.

“Treatments tested for suicidal behaviors are alarmingly scarce in comparison with need and remain mismatched to the acute nature of a suicidal crisis,” she said.

“Compared to other risk factors for suicide, disturbed sleep is modifiable and highly treatable using brief, fast-acting interventions. Because sleep is something we universally experience, and we may be more willing to openly talk about it relative to our mental health, we believe its study may represent an important opportunity for suicide prevention.”

The findings are published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Source: Stanford University Medical Center

“Suicide is preventable,” she added. “Yet interventions for suicide prevention are alarmingly scarce.”