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Arzneimittelforschung. 1976;26(6):1076-8.

[Liberation of growth hormone and melanocyte-stimulating hormone in natural and melatonin-induced human sleep (author's transl)].

[Article in German]


As in the early period of night sleep, plasma levels of human growth (HGH) are markedly elevated in afternoon sleep in healthy young males. Melatonin (50 mg i.v.) induces marked secretion of HGH when sleep is prevented. It decreases latencies for sleep onset and deep sleep significantly, and markedly enhances peak secretion of HGH during slow-wave sleep. Plasma melanocyte-stimulating hormone (betal-MSH) levels were influenced neither by melatonin nor by sleep.

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