Poor sleep quality increases suicide risk for older adults, researcher finds

August 13, 2014 8:16 PM

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Poor sleep quality increases suicide risk for older adults, researcher finds

Surprisingly, the study found that, when comparing the two risk factors, poor sleep predicted risk better than depressive symptoms. The combination of poor sleep and depressed mood was the strongest predictor of suicide risk.

“Suicide is the outcome of multiple, often interacting biological, psychological and social risk factors,” Bernert said. “Disturbed sleep stands apart as a risk factor and warning sign in that it may be undone, which highlights its importance as a screening tool and potential treatment target in sui...

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