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Does laughing in the evening improve your sleep?

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si_tvfunny_istock.jpgThose late-night Seinfeld re-runs may be providing you with more than a few chuckles.

According to a study reported upon by Psychology today, watching something funny before bed could actually be improving your sleep.

A group of researchers from the Moriguchi-Keijinkai Hospital in Osaka, Japan found that laughter boosts the body's production of melatonin - a hormone that helps maintain sleep cycles.

Forty-eight women participated in the study, all of them nursing at the time. At 8 p.m. on the evening of the study, half watched 87 minutes of humorous programming (Modern Times, by Charlie Chaplin) and the other half watched what was described as a "non-humorous weather information DVD," also 87 minutes long.

Breast milk was collected every two hours across the night and its melatonin content measured. Melatonin levels were found to be higher in milk from those women who had watched the funny movie.

Do you find yourself better able to sleep after watching something funny? What's your favourite comedic program to watch at night? Let us know in the comment section below.

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