What is N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine?

N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, also known as Melatonin, is a naturally occurring hormone produced within the pineal gland of the brain. It affects our sleep patterns by inducing drowsiness and lowering our body temperature as our ‘bedtime’ approaches. Light inhibits the pineal gland’s ability to secrete N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, while darkness stimulates it. This is why humans naturally begin to feel tiredness and exhaustion as darkness approaches. This is also why working night shifts is considered unnatural and unhealthy. (more…)
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