The effects of day-time exogenous melatonin administration on cardiac autonomic activity.

@article{Harris2001TheEO,
  title={The effects of day-time exogenous melatonin administration on cardiac autonomic activity.},
  author={Anjanette Harris and Helen J. Burgess and Drew Dawson},
  journal={Journal of pineal research},
  year={2001},
  volume={31 3},
  pages={199-205}
}
Melatonin has a functional role in the nocturnal regulation of sleep and thermoregulation. In addition to its action on peripheral receptors, melatonin may act by altering autonomic activity. To determine the effect of melatonin on cardiac autonomic activity, 5 mg of melatonin or placebo was orally administered to 12 young subjects at 14:00 hr, in a repeated measures design. Melatonin decreased sleep onset latency to Stage 2 sleep by 4.92+/-1.81 min (measured by Multiple Sleep Latency Tests… CONTINUE READING

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