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Researching the melatonin-sleep-COVID connection

Researching the melatonin-sleep-COVID connection
Researchers are studying the promising connections between the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin, COVID-19 and sleep.

Melatonin (Shutterstock) Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute in Ohio ran a computer analysis to identify drugs that could possibly be repurposed to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and melatonin emerged as a potential candidate.Analyzing patient data from Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 registry revealed that those who used melatonin were almost 30% less likely to test positive, the researchers said.“When we got this result, we were very excited,” study lead author Feixiong Cheng of the Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute told KIRO-TV.“If our findings can help the patients, that’s our goal and mission — and at the Cleveland Clinic as well.

Most Read “It is very important to note these findings do not suggest people should start to take melatonin without consulting their physician,” Cheng said in a statement about last month’s Cleveland Clinic study.However, the promising results might not be related to melatonin per se, but to sleep, Cheng told The Atlantic.

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