|REPORT: Seau Suffered From Sleeplessness|
by TSX of Scout.com, June 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm ET
Junior Seau Profile
Report: Seau had insomnia in months leading up to suicide Junior Seau had insomnia in the months leading up to his suicide and often took strong sleep aids, not always as directed, according to friends, USA Today reported Thursday in an investigative story.
Seau had active days, but his nights were different. Seau's 11-year-old son, Hunter, told his mother, Seau's ex-wife Gina, that he had seen Seau wide awake in his room at 3 a.m. a month before the suicide, staring at a television that was not turned on, according to the USA Today report, which recounted the final days of Seau's life.
Authorities say Seau shot himself in the chest with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver on the morning of May 2 at his home. There has been speculation that head blows and concussions received during his 20-year NFL career may have led to Seau's depression, and sleep disorders are common among people who have had a traumatic brain injury, University of North Carolina concussion researcher Kevin Guskiewicz told USA Today.
Friends told the newspaper that Seau often took Ambien, a brand name for zolpidem, a prescription drug prescribed for sleep disorders.
The FDA-approved information for Ambien warns that suicidal thoughts or actions have been reported by depressed patients using this class of drugs. It also says users should not take the drug if they drink, and friends say Seau did drink when taking the drug.
Seau had insomnia problems for at least the last seven years of his life.
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