We already know there's a link between insomnia and military service.
Studies have also found a link between nightmares, insomnia and suicide.
Now a study has found suicidal thoughts were reduced by 33% in veterans who underwent cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
In fact, researchers found that every seven point decrease in Insomnia Severity Index score during the CBT-i treatment was associated with a 65% reduction in the risk of suicidal thoughts.
Furthermore, as sleep improved, so did symptoms of depression. Quality of life also improved.
This research suggests that treating insomnia with cognitive behavioral therapy reduces suicide risk amongst veterans, and perhaps even anyone at risk of suicide.
Last updated: June 16, 2015