Alcoholism and suicide have long been linked together. In fact, insomnia itself is linked to suicide. As it turns out, there is an interrelated relationship between all three conditions.
How Insomnia Acts as a Bridge to Alcoholism and Suicide
Some feel it necessary to have a few drinks to help with sleep. While this may work in the beginning, when the effects wear off, it will more often than not result in sleep disturbances, thus interrupting the much-needed Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. For those who may not turn to the bottle, insomnia poses its own risk, particularly in those suffering from depression. The sense of hopelessness that insomniacs feel, coupled with depression, may be the catalyst to push someone over the edge and commit suicide. As it stands, approximately 10 percent of Americans suffer from chronic insomnia disorder and another 15-20 percent suffer from short-term insomnia disorder. Both conditions are more common in women.
While more longitudinal studies would have to be conducted to properly decipher the link among the three, this preliminary study presented a good beginning. After analyzing 375 undergraduate students, it was inferred that alcohol abuse may result in insomnia, which in turn may bring about suicidal thoughts among this group. The years to come may allow us to gain a better understanding of the true connections these three conditions share.Back to Blog