By On July 31st, 2013

Sleep Issues Arise During the Full Moon

Full MoonThroughout time there have been countless tales of odd behavior surrounding the full moon. Beyond the outlandish werewolf tales and scary stories, there have been countless suggestions that the full moon actually influences the way we act and raises rates of erratic behavior or crime. But, as of yet, the only proven connection between full moons and behavior are a set of studies starting in 2009 which linked full moons and pet injuries, women’s menstruation, and sleep deprivation.

Inspired by the suggestion that full moons incite sleep deprivation, researchers from the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Baesel investigated sleep behavior and brain activity near full moons, and they found that the lunar cycle truly can affect how well you sleep. The Huffington Post reports the researchers found that people have 30 percent less deep-sleep-related brain activity, get 20 fewer minutes of sleep per night, and take roughly 5 more minutes to fall asleep around the time of the full moon.

The study, published in the journal Current Biology, monitored 33 people as they slept in a lab. One member of the study, Christian Cajochen, summarized the results in a statement saying, “The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not ‘see’ the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase.”

Researchers noted that the correlation between sleep and moon phases could also partially explain the moon’s role in synchronization of human reproductive behaviors.

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