This research was supported in part by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, grant number R15 MH80399 to Amy Fiske.
Insomnia Symptoms, Nightmares, and Suicide Risk: Duration of Sleep Disturbance Matters
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2012
© 2012 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 139–149, April 2013
How to Cite
R. Nadorff, M., Nazem, S. and Fiske, A. (2013), Insomnia Symptoms, Nightmares, and Suicide Risk: Duration of Sleep Disturbance Matters. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 43: 139–149. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12003
- Issue published online: 26 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 3 MAR 2012
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: R15 MH80399
Duration of insomnia symptoms or nightmares was investigated to see if it was related to suicide risk independent of current insomnia symptoms, nightmares, anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, and posttraumatic symptoms. The cross-sectional study involved analyses of survey responses from undergraduate students who endorsed either insomnia symptoms (n = 660) or nightmares (n = 312). Both insomnia symptom and nightmare duration were significantly associated with suicide risk independent of current insomnia symptoms or nightmares, respectively. Relations were also significant after controlling for anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, and posttraumatic symptoms. Results suggest that duration of sleep disturbance is relevant when assessing suicide risk.