Parasomnia pseudo-suicide

J Forensic Sci. 2003 Sep;48(5):1158-62.


Complex behaviors arising from the sleep period may result in violent or injurious consequences, even death. Those resulting in death may be erroneously deemed suicides. A series of case examples and review of the pertinent literature are provided to increase awareness of the possibility that some apparent "suicides" are the unfortunate, but unintentional, consequence of sleep-related complex behaviors and therefore are without premeditation, conscious awareness, or personal responsibility. The correct cause-of-death determination in such cases may have profound social, religious, and insurance implications for surviving friends and family members.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dreams / psychology
  • Glass
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parasomnias / complications*
  • Sleep Deprivation / complications*
  • Somnambulism / complications*
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology