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Ramelteon has a different mechanism of action to conventional insomnia treatments. It acts on melatonin * receptors to induce a state close to physiologically natural sleep. Since the drug promotes sleep without needing to suppress anxiety or sedate, it is expected to show a good safety profile.
- * Melatonin is the hormone that induces sleep; it regulates the circadian rhythms that govern when we sleep and wake.