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Grieving is harder of insomniacs

In a recent study in the University of Memphis a group of bereaved students was compared with a group of non-bereaved students. As expected, more students from the bereaved group suffered from insomnia than from the non-bereaved group.

The authors predicted that in the presence of insomnia it is more difficult to deal with the grief. They indeed found that specific sleep problems, like difficulty falling asleep because of nighttime rumination or waking up in the night because the sleeper was dreaming about the deceased, were related to more complicated grieving.

Source: Hardison et al., Behav. Sleep Med. 2005; 3(2): 99-111

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