Researchers at the University of Buffalo say that agricultural pesticides may be interfering with our sleep rhythms, reports the English-language Indian newspaper Economic Times. 

The research combined a big data approach, using computer modelling on millions of chemicals, with standard wet-laboratory experiments.

Disruptions in human circadian rhythms are known to put people at higher risk for diabetes and other metabolic diseases but the mechanism involved is not well-understood.

“This is the first report demonstrating how environmental chemicals found in household products interact with human melatonin receptors,” said Margarita L Dubocovich, Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UB.