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Dangers of Insomnia and Drinking for Females with TBI

Women who drink alcohol excessively and who suffer from chronic insomnia are at high risk of suicide according to a study by Michael Nadorff, PhD and colleagues at Mississippi State University which was published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. One possible reason is that feeling hopeless about ever getting a decent night’s sleep can trigger depression which makes a lethal cocktail (no pun intended) when combined with alcoholism. Since insomnia is a very common consequence of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and people with insomnia are inclined to drink in hopes of getting to sleep, this is something that females with TBI need to guard against. If you are a female with TBI who is suffering insomnia and has begun drinking alcohol to cope, then you should see your doctor and try other means of getting a good night’s sleep.