Suicidal ideation was linked with poor sleep in a study of about 5000 young adults, reports Healio.
To determine if objective and subjective measures of disturbed sleep predicted risk for suicidal ideation in young adults, researchers conducted a longitudinal study among 4,847 individuals aged 18 to 23 years. Fifty participants were prescreened from a university undergraduate research pool due to suicide attempt history and recent suicidal ideation.
Mean actigraphy values indicated 78% of the cohort reported insomnia and 36% reported nightmares.
When controlling for baseline suicidal and depressive symptoms, actigraphic and subjective sleep measures predicted suicidal ideation at 7- and 21-day follow-up (P < .001).
Specifically, variability in sleep timing, insomnia and nightmares predicted increases in suicidal ideation (P < .05)
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