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PsyPost - Feeling sleepy? Might be the melatonin in your brain


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BY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ON MARCH 6, 2015

If you walk into your local drug store and ask for a supplement to help you sleep, you might be directed to a bottle labeled “melatonin.” The hormone supplement’s use as a sleep aid is supported by anecdotal evidence and even some reputable research studies. However, our bodies also make melatonin naturally, and until a recent Caltech study using zebrafish, no one knew how — or even if — this melatonin contributed to our natural sleep. The new work suggests that even in the absence of a supplement, naturally occurring melatonin may help us fall and stay asleep.