Mar 21, 2014 1:40 PM GMT
The body clock could be ‘reset’ with a pill which could cure jet lag and ease the strain of working nights, scientists have discovered.
Manchester University researchers have found than an enzyme keeps the body operating on a normal 24 hour circadian rhythm.
When that enzyme is suppressed that rhythm effectively resets itself, making it easier for the body to adapt to being up at night or asleep in the daytime.
Previous studies have shown that when the body’s clock is out of synch for long periods of time it can lead to serious and even fatal health problems.
Team leader Dr David Bechtold said the findings paved the way for the invention of a pill to inhibit enzyme CK1epsilon in humans.