Cure for Insomnia could be on the cards
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Scientists are a step closer to developing a cure for insomnia after discovering the enzyme responsible for waking people up.
Researchers in the US have found the chemical trigger that surpresses sleep and wakes people up, which can also be blocked to produce restful sleep.
Author of the study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Dr Subimal Dutta said: "Sleep, one of the most mysterious regular shifts in consciousness, is regulated by a delicate balance between biological processes, the environment and behavior, but the mechanisms involved in the regulation are not well understood.
"The ultimate goal of my research is to deepen the understanding of how sleep is regulated at the cellular level, which could lead to finding the causes and cures for a variety of sleep disorders."
He said blocking the enzyme caused both REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM stages of sleep, which were needed to stay healthy.
"Current treatments for sleep disorders do not achieve the ideal behavioral outcome, and are usually accompanied by many undesirable side effects," Dr Dutta added.
"A more specific, fine-tuned approach to treating these disorders by promoting alertness and treating insomnia would greatly benefit public health."