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Sleep provides no respite

Insomnia and other sleep disturbances are frequently part of the suicidal process, and may become more acute over time. These problems make a further contribution to the exhaustion.

'The week he died, he wasn't able to sleep...'

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Suicidal person point of view

“I wasn't sleeping, and when I did fall asleep it was really horrible, I was just lying there with my eyes closed, it wasn't any restful sleep… So to have that on top of all these thoughts going in your head… Almost like you can't get any respite, it’s just continuous.”

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Suicidal person point of view

“I wasn't sleeping, and when I did fall asleep it was really horrible, I was just lying there with my eyes closed, it wasn't any restful sleep… So to have that on top of all these thoughts going in your head… Almost like you can't get any respite, it’s just continuous.”

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Family/friend point of view

“The last couple of month all this really unraveled and the sleeping; it felt like if he could've slept then I think he could've maybe got a bit more of a handle on how he was feeling. But that Saturday, the week he died, he wasn't able to sleep and he went back to his homeopath in town because he couldn't sleep. His mind was just getting… there was no calm. He was becoming agitated I suppose, and hadn't been sleeping. And then that night, he, for the first time ever he woke me up in the night. And he said to me: ‘I'm desperate’.”