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Past research has shown that it is common for people with depression to report sleep disturbances. However, the relationship between sleep disturbances and suicide is not as well known. The current literature review looks at several articles relating to depression, suicidality, and sleep disturbances. Specifically, how sleep disturbances increase mood dysregulation which may leads to an increased amount of suicidal thoughts (Cukrowicz et al., 2006). Specific types of dreams (e.g. a nightmare) seem to be a prominent symptom of sleep disturbance that may result in greater mood dysregulation, and consequently, more severe and frequent suicidal ideation (Ağargϋn et al, 1998). In one study, women tended to report more frequent nightmares than men and were more likely to report suicidal ideation (Ağargϋn et al, 1998). From these articles, it is concluded that sleep disturbances are a possible risk factor for suicide among depressed populations. This could imply that therapists should incorporate sleep monitoring into their treatments for depressed and suicidal patients.
Julie Walsh Messinger
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Depression, Suicidality, and Sleep Disturbances: A Literature Review" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1386.