(Washington, DC) -- Jet-lagged travelers and shift workers may get a better night's sleep with the help of a new insomnia drug.
Researchers say their drug allows the body to produce more of the sleep hormone melatonin.
Patients involved in the study were shown to sleep longer and more deeply than those who received a placebo.
The researchers say people with so-called rhythm disorders may also benefit from the drug, which advances the
sleep-wake cycle by providing a "direct sleep-promoting effect."
The study was published in the "Lancet" medical journal.
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