Saturday, May 16, 2009

Suicides peak during season of midnight sun

You'd think gloomy winters would drive more suicides, but in Greenland, 80 percent of suicides occur during the summer months when the sun may only set for minutes at a time. (National Geographic) Of those suicides, 80 percent were males. And 95 percent died violent deaths: shootings, hangings, jumping.

What's driving the surge in violent deaths during periods of 24-hour sun? "Lack of sleep," say researchers.

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