Study Links insomnia to alcohol-related suicide risk.

A study in the February issue of SLEEP is the first to show that the treatment of insomnia in veterans is associated with a significant reduction in suicidal thoughts. Results show that suicidal ideation decreased by 33 percent following up to six sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Healthy sleep is a matter of military fitness and readiness, notes a commentary on the study.

A study in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine is the first to demonstrate that insomnia symptoms mediate the relationship between alcohol use and suicide risk, and that this mediation is moderated by gender. According to the authors, insomnia symptoms may present a treatment target to reduce suicide risk among those who use alcohol.

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