New drug 'could combat jet lag'

26 August 2010 by , No Comments
Those suffering from disturbed sleep rhythms may be interested in a new medical breakthrough by UK scientists

Those suffering from disturbed sleep rhythms may be interested in a new medical breakthrough by UK scientists

A new pharmaceutical discovery could tackle the problems caused by jet lag, researchers have claimed.

Scientists from the University of Manchester and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge have managed to use a drug developed in the lab to reset the body clocks of mice.

Writing in PNAS, they claim the discovery that slowing casein kinase 1 can halt and re-establish the internal circadian clock which determines sleep rhythms may be applicable to humans, potentially improving time spent lying on mattresses.

In addition, the experts have suggested the medical breakthrough could also be used to combat certain psychiatric disorders and help shift workers to adjust their sleeping patterns and improve their overall health.

Dr Andrew Loudon of the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Life Sciences stated: “We’ve discovered that we can control one of the key molecules involved in setting the speed at which the [body] clock ticks and in doing so we can actually kick it into a new rhythm.”

Meanwhile, Stress Management Society director Neil Shah recently recommended that those struggling to rest in bed at night to establish relaxing evening routines to help them nod off.

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