Poor Sleep May Increase Risk of Suicide, Study Shows
Poor sleep has been recognized as a risk factor to many diseases and also has a huge impact on the overall health and fitness of an individual. And now, a recent study has shown that poor sleep may not only bring physical diseases but may increase the risk of a person committing suicide, at least for adults 65 years old and above.
Study Involving 14,000 Participants
Led by Rebecca Bernert, an instructor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, USA, a team of researchers conducted a study with the objective of determining the effects of sleep problems on the risk of suicide. Given special attention was the relationship between sleep problems and depression since it has been thought that sleep difficulties might be considered a risk factor for suicides.
For this study, focus was given on adults from both sexes who were 65 years old or over. A total of 14,000 adults were tracked by the researchers for a period of 10 years. During that period, participants were assessed six times on sleep quality and depression symptoms. Separate questionnaires for both sleep quality and depression symptoms were given to the participants. Poor sleep, for the purpose of this study, has been defined by the researchers to include difficulty falling or staying asleep, waking up early in the morning, experiencing daytime sleepiness, and not feeling fully rested after a night’s sleep.
Poor Sleep, an Independent Risk Factor of Suicide
After the assessment of the data gathered, the researchers concluded that poor sleep, on its own, increases the risk of suicides for adults over the age of 65 years. The lead author of the study pointed out that poor sleep as a risk factor is independent of depression. It has been traditionally accepted that poor sleep only contributes to the depression of an individual which may then lead to suicide.
It was reported that those who had sleep problems at the start of the study had 40 percent odds of committing suicide during the next 10 years and before the onset of depression problems. Even when variables on depression symptoms are taken into account, there still remains a 30 percent risk of these people dying by suicide. Overall, those who do not feel well-rested after sleeping are twice more likely to commit suicide than those who have no sleep problems.
Need for Management of Sleep Problems
The outcome of this study underscores the importance of having the proper sleep. This not only include those over 65 years but for everyone. There is a need for those having these problems to get medical attention as soon as possible.
Special mention must be given to those suffering sleep apnea due to the disorder’s serious effects and that incidence has been rising. Sufferers of sleep apnea may benefit from medical assistance since it has been shown that this disorder can be managed safely and effectively. The use of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device has already been proven to help thousands of patients suffering from this sleep disorder.
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Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT
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