A new study – published in the journal Scientific Reports – examines the effect of octacosanol in stressed sleep-deprived mice.
Octacosanol is an antioxidant whose anti-inflammatory, anti-adipose tissue, and anticoagulant properties have previously been documented in studies referenced by the authors.
The compound has also been shown to help to prevent Parkinson’s disease in animal models.
“[T]hese data clearly showed that, though octacosanol does not alter normal sleep, it clearly alleviates stress and restores stress-affected sleep […] For the first time, we demonstrated that octacosanol is a potent anti-stress compound with sleep-inducing potential,” researchers stated.
The authors also emphasize the advantages of octacosanol over the sleeping pills that are currently available.
“Being a natural compound and part of food materials are advantages over synthetic drug[s] and hence it can be assumed that octacosanol may be devoid of side effects or adverse reactions to [the] human body. Hence, we strongly suggest that octacosanol could be used as therapy for stress-induced insomnia.”
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