Treating severe insomnia can reduce suicidality: study

Concomitant sleeping pill and SSRI can benefit some patients, researchers say

Short-term co-prescription of a hypnotic with an antidepressant may reduce suicidal ideation in certain patients with major depression and insomnia, researchers say.

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While not advocating for routine use of the combination in depressed patients with sleep problems, the US authors say their study suggests patients with severe insomnia may particularly benefit.

The Reducing Suicidal Ideation Through Insomnia Treatment (REST-IT) randomised controlled trial investigated the effects of placebo compared with a bedtime dose of controlled-release