Insomnia drug helps jet-lag, shift-work troubles
Dec 1, 2008
Reuters

An insomnia drug that helps the body produce more of the sleep hormone
melatonin may improve sleep for jet-lagged travelers and shift workers,
researchers reported on Monday.

Maryland-based Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. reported on two studies of its
drug tasimelteon, also known as VEC-162, that showed it helped patients
sleep longer and more deeply than a placebo.

They said that people with so-called circadian rhythm disorders could be
helped. These disorders are common causes of insomnia that affect millions
of people whose activities are out of sync with their internal body clocks.

These disorders entail persistent sleep disturbances, insomnia when trying to
sleep and excessive sleepiness while trying to remain awake, the researchers
said.

"...Tasimelteon has the potential for the treatment of patients with transient
insomnia associated with circadian rhythm sleep disorders, including people
affected by jet lag, or those who work at night, and early-riser workers," they
wrote in their report, published in the Lancet medical journal.
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