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Could Melatonin Be the Key to Healthy Aging?

A new British Journal of Pharmacology review highlights the role of melatonin—a hormone that is produced at night—in regulating sleep and the body’s biological, or circadian, clock. Research suggests that melatonin treatments may even help to improve the restorative value of sleep and to promote healthy physical and mental aging.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:01 am EST
"Deviant circadian rhythms and poor sleep quality are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive diseases, as well poor quality of life and increased risks of premature death"

A new British Journal of Pharmacology review highlights the role of melatonin—a hormone that is produced at night—in regulating sleep and the body’s biological, or circadian, clock. Research suggests that melatonin treatments may even help to improve the restorative value of sleep and to promote healthy physical and mental aging.

The review notes that, with age and certain diseases, the robustness of the circadian system decreases and melatonin production is diminished or shifted. “Deviant circadian rhythms and poor sleep quality are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive diseases, as well poor quality of life and increased risks of premature death,” said Dr. Nava Zisapel, of Tel Aviv University, in Israel.

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Link to Study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bph.14116/full

About Journal

The British Journal of Pharmacology is a broad-based journal giving leading international coverage of all aspects of experimental pharmacology. It publishes high quality original research and authoritative reviews. Each year a range of themed issues are published and a must-read supplement, the Concise Guide to Pharmacology, is published biennially.

The journal is now published in an online-only format. Issues are published fortnightly but are no longer printed; however, authors are still able to order offprints of their own articles through Author Services.

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