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Sleep Disorders

31 January 2011

Sleep problems, teen suicide may be linked

Teenagers who thought about or attempted suicide were more likely to have suffered sleep disorders in earlier years, according to American researchers.

Teenagers who thought about or attempted suicide were more likely to have suffered sleep disorders in earlier years, according to American researchers.

"It's easier to broach the topic of sleep with patients, since it's easier to talk about a physical problem," said Dr Wong, who worked with colleagues from the University of Michigan on the study, scheduled to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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