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Are Sleep Disorders Driving Suicidal Thoughts in Young People?

Sleep disorders in young individuals significantly increase their risk of exhibiting suicidal ideation, reveals Melynda Casement, the lead author of a groundbreaking study published in Sleep Health. The research, conducted at the University of Oregon and Wayne State University, aims to assess the correlation between sleep disorders and suicide risks among youths, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive sleep health care and management.

In the modern healthcare landscape, sleep disorders and suicide represent critical issues, especially among young populations. The National Alliance on Mental Illness suggests that approximately 20% of high school students in the U.S. have seriously considered suicide. At the same time, the underdiagnosis of sleep disorders is rampant. Aligning with Neurobit's mission to provide innovative sleep health solutions, this study amplifies the need to address these interconnected issues more proactively.

The study evaluated the relative risk of suicidal ideation and attempts in youths aged 6-24, drawing data from U.S. emergency department encounters between 2015 and 2017. Analyzing diagnoses of sleep and psychiatric disorders, the study found that youths with at least one sleep disorder were three times more likely to have an emergency department encounter involving suicidal ideation compared to those without a sleep disorder. Surprisingly, only 0.32% of youth presenting to emergency departments were diagnosed with a sleep disorder, indicating a significant gap in diagnosis.

The findings bring to light an urgent issue in youth healthcare: the underdiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders that can amplify suicide risks. It paves the way for public health campaigns to incorporate sleep disorder assessment and intervention in suicide prevention strategies. Moreover, it underscores the value of Neurobit's offerings in addressing these vital health concerns.

Despite the high correlation between sleep disorders and suicidality, these disorders are significantly underdiagnosed, particularly in emergency departments. A challenge faced in the broader field lies in identifying and treating these conditions promptly to prevent downstream consequences like suicide.

Neurobit's cutting-edge solutions can bridge the gaps identified in the study:

  1. Neurobit Score, by leveraging AI and deep learning, accurately and consistently labels sleep events and health biomarkers, facilitating early identification of sleep disorders and identifying changes in patterns that can be interpreted to indicate risks.

  2. Z3 Pulse is a wearable ECG device that provides comprehensive sleep reports and personalized guidance, promoting proactive management of sleep health and potentially mitigating suicide risks.

  3. Neurobit Hub promotes the discovery of novel biomarkers and sleep-centric treatment strategies by collecting and analyzing extensive datasets, thus enhancing sleep disorder research.

Each product contributes uniquely to addressing the identified challenges and transforming the landscape of sleep health.

The importance of this study cannot be overstated, shedding light on the crucial link between sleep disorders and suicidal ideation in young individuals. Neurobit's technology is uniquely positioned to help in addressing these related issues, providing benefits for users, clinicians, and researchers alike.

We invite readers to learn more about our technology, try our products, and join us in promoting better sleep health for a healthier future. For further inquiries, please feel free to contact us.


Carbone, J. T., & Casement, M. D. (2023). Sleep disorders and relative risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in youth presenting to emergency departments. Sleep Health, S2352721823001158.

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