This is good news for all globe trotters, employees in night shifts and victims of sleep problems.
A new drug which promises to aid relief for jet lag has passed the test, and can now be trusted to retune the natural sleep rhythms following jet lag.
Essentially, the drug copies the effects of melatonin, the sleep hormone, on the body. This drug manufactured by Vanda Pharmaceuticals and known by the name, Tasimelteon, can reduce the time taken for victims to fall asleep. It can also help them stay asleep for longer.
During the study, scientists from the Harvard and Monash University recreated a jetlag situation with 450 people. They were divided into two groups, and had to stay awake for five hours longer than normal, for a week. One group had to take Tasimelteon half hour prior to their bed time, and the other group were given a placebo.
The findings of this study revealed that those on the drug were able to fall asleep faster than the rest; they were able to stay asleep longer as well. This was in direct contrast to the group that had taken the placebo.
The pill may hit the market in three years and promises to be less addictive than commonly used sleep medications.