A new study is the first to show that the treatment of insomnia in veterans is associated with a significant reduction in suicidal ideation.

Results show that suicidal ideation decreased by 33% following up to six sessions of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Further analysis found that the reduction in insomnia severity achieved during CBT-I was associated with a concurrent decrease in the odds of suicidal ideation.

This relationship remained significant after controlling for potential confounders such as change in depression severity.

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