09 Jun Suicide and Sleep in Veterans
Past research has shown when people lose hope that they will ever get another good night’s sleep they become at high risk for suicide. Furthermore, insomnia and nightmares, which are often confused and may go hand-in-hand, are known risk factors for suicide. Returned serviceman often report sleep disturbances and when combined with other risk factors, such as PTSD and mood disorders, the risk of suicide is significantly increased.
Much of the previous research into the correlation between sleep and suicide has been centred on insomnia, however, recent research is investigating the link between Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and suicide among veterans. The research, presented at the 31st Annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS):SLEEP 2017, adjusted findings for comorbidities such as depression, anxiety and PTSD and showed that OSA remains an independent variable in the ideation, planning and committal of suicide in veterans.
To hear Dr Kathleen Sarmiento, MD, Pulmonary Sleep Physician and VA San Diego Healthcare System, discus the research and more about sleep and veteran health click on the link below: