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Link Between Suicide and Sleeping Problems

Published onsdag 10 januari 2007 kl 10.56
Sahlgrenska University Hospital

A new Swedish study reveals that sleep disturbances, especially nightmares, are common among people who have attempted suicide.

Co-author Nisse Sjöström of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska University Hospital says as far as they know, this is the first report ever on the association between nightmares and suicide. The researchers studied 165 adults, aged between 18 and 68, who were admitted to the hospital after attempting suicide.

Eighty-nine percent reported having at least one type of sleeping problem, with difficulty falling asleep as the most common. Two out of three reported experiencing nightmares.

The researchers report their results in the journal of the American Sleep Disorders Association.

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