The recent research stated that sleeplessness is a sign of suicide. It was observed that elders do not have peaceful sleep, due to some sort of depression and this disrupts the brain functions from resting.
The authors of the journal mentioned that there are about 1 million suicidal deaths reported annually, out of which more than 400 individual deaths were of elders, caused due to lack of sleep. These suicide cases occurred in the age group of 65.
According to one of the psychiatrists, “We suggest that poor subjective sleep quality may therefore represent a useful screening tool and a novel therapeutic target for suicide prevention in late life.”
Despite the treatment for comorbid depression, the researchers experienced an increase of 20% risk of suicides in those patients. Dr. Bernert of Stanford University wrote in his studies; “Targeting disturbed sleep as a visible warning sign of suicide may, in this way, constitute a novel opportunity for improved risk detection; this more narrowed, the demographic focus may specifically inform intervention among a group at heightened risk for suicide.”