Sleep chemical from cerebro-spinal fluid

Sleep chemical from cerebro-spinal fluid

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Caption: Sleep chemical. Computer artwork of a chemical produced by the body which aids the sleeping process. This molecule was isolated from cerebro- spinal fluid after sleep-deprivation. The atoms are colour-coded: carbon (blue), oxygen (green), hydrogen (orange) and nitrogen (red). This chemical induces sleep in mammals when injected into a subject. It is thought that molecules such as these slowly and naturally accumulate during the day, provoking tiredness and sleep above certain concentrations. Other sleep-related chemicals include melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland. This is secreted largely at night, and may help to regulate sleep patterns.

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Keywords: biochemical, biochemistry, cerebro-spinal fluid, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, endogenous, lipid, melatonin-like sleep molecule, molecule, molecules, narcotic, narcotic molecule, natural, sleep, sleep chemical, sleep molecule

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