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Aug 14, 2014 6:54 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Poor sleep linked to increased risk of suicide in older adults

Elderly adults with sleep problems may have an increased risk of suicide even if they have no symptoms of depressions.

Researchers found men and women who reported poor sleep quality at the beginning of a 10-year study were almost 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide.

Difficulty falling asleep and non-restorative sleep were the most strongly associated with suicide risk.

Doctors may be able to identify people who are at-risk by questioning patients about their perceived sleep quality.

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