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Stressed and struggling to sleep? BEESWAX could help, scientists discover

An ingredient found in beeswax and wheat germ oil may reduce stress and induce a sound slumber, according to scientists. 

The chemical – found in a variety of plants including sugar cane and rice bran – was found to decrease levels of a major stress hormone in mice.

Experts say the compound, called octacosanol – which is used as a supplement for lowering cholesterol – could now be used as a new therapy for stress-induced insomnia.

They also say it is safe for humans because it is a food-based compound.

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