Sleep troubles linked to suicidal crises

Ambulance study suggests sleep disturbance is an independent risk factor

Sleep disturbance is associated with a significant increase in ambulance attendances for suicidal ideation, making it an important risk factor to consider during an acute crisis, researchers from Melbourne say.


In the first study of its kind, a team from Monash University's Eastern Health Clinical School analysed ambulance records for suicide ideation and suicide attempt over a five-year period.

They found that Ambulance Victoria paramedics attended almost 98,000 cases from January 2012 to June 2017, with 56% of those related to suicide