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From Sleep Study, Clues to Happiness

Lack of Sleep

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  • A new study revealed levels of the neurotransmitter hypocretin, which helps keep you awake, soared during positive emotions, anger, social interactions and upon awakening.
  • Hypocretin has been previously associated with reward-seeking behaviors, and the new research suggests it may have a very specific role in human arousal and regulating happiness as well.
  • This may explain why people with narcolepsy, who are lacking hypocretin, also commonly suffer from depression.
  • Sleeping pills that block hypocretin may soon be coming to the market, but caution is warranted as they may negatively impact your mood

By Dr. Mercola

The brain chemical hypocretin, a neurotransmitter that helps keep you awake, is most widely known for its role in the sleeping disorder known as narcolepsy.


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