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How does histamine affect my body's sleep-wake cycle?

Lawrence T. Chiaramonte, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Histamine serves a vital role in normal cycles of sleep and wakefulness -- called circadian rhythms -- that govern our 24-hour day. Histamine is produced in the brain in higher concentrations during the day, which keeps us awake and alert. Levels fall at night. If histamine production is stimulated at night, as is sometimes the case when mosquitoes or spiders bite us, it not only itches, but can keep you awake.
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