Hormone signaling in response to environmental changes are crucial to the survival of all animals. In major ways, epinephrine and norepinephrine are excreted to stimulate a response to danger, triggering the sympathetic nervous system to reroute body functions to focus on protection and flight.
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In more minor ways, environmental signaling moves the body through the general functions necessary to sustain life and promote health. At night, melatonin is produced in daytime-active animals to encourage sleep. Aldosterone and other mineralcorticoids are released in response to osmoregulatory needs, maintaining water and mineral balance in the body.