_Sedatives That Don't Interfere With REM Sleep
samtech at netcom.com
Wed Oct 11 20:44:54 EST 1995
I've recently used melatonin to promote sleep, and to some extent to relieve
chronic daily tension headaches. It's currently available over the
counter as a "dietary supplement"
I've heard some things about it but I don't know if they're true:
Can anyone verify the following?
- It's a hormone that is responsible for inducing nocturnal sleep
in normal humans.
- It's deficiency is linked with depression.
- It's production is disrupted by beta-blockers and benzodiazepines,
which causes disruption of restorative sleep.
I don't know whether or not it interferes with REM sleep (in what dosages).
Since it's a natural human sleep-related hormone I assume that there
are dosageswhich don't interrupt REM sleep.
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