It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body's circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal hour "clock" that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. When it is dark, your body produces more melatonin. When it is light, the production of melatonin drops. Being exposed to bright lights in the evening, or too little light during the day, can disrupt the body's normal melatonin cycles.
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Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. Conversely, four times as many patients had grade 0 toxicity with melatonin versus placebo, as reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Breast Cancer Symposium.
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