Sunday, August 31, 2014

Suicides More Likely in Wee Hours of the Night

  Suicides are much more likely to occur between midnight and 4am than at any other time during the day.
  According to Michael Purlis, PhD at the U. of Pennsylvania, archival analysis of the National Violent Death Reporting System and the American Time Use Survey this data review is the first to suggest that circadian factors may contribute to suicidality and that insomnia, nightmares and the simple fact of being awake during these early morning hours may be risk factors for suicide.
  An important implication of these results is that treatment of insomnia may decrease the risk of suicide.

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