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Full Moon Effects: How Full Moon Can Affect Our Sleep

28 November 2007 11 Comments

Does the full moon affect our sleep? How about the cycles of the moon? Many disorders seem to follow the phases of the moon. Cluster eadaches and epilepsy often follow this cycle. Women’s menstrual cycles tend to be very cyclic.

  • In fact, just 8 percent of those surveyed had problems sleeping while there was a fullfull moon moon, compared to 25 percent who said they had a particularly good night’s sleep on the night of a full moon. Good night, moon.
  • Reuters reports that researchers with the Austrian Society for Sleep Medicine & Sleep Research examined the sleep patterns of 391 people in several European countries. About half the subjects had sleeping disorders, but no one knew the researchers were interested in the effect of the moon. “When I deal with patients with sleep problems, so many say that the full moon stopped them (from) sleeping, that even I was expecting some small difference to show up in the study,” Gerhardt Kloesch, the Vienna University psychologist who led the current research, told Reuters.
  • Each morning when they woke up, the participants wrote in a diary an assessment of the previous night’s sleep, including quality of slumber and the length of time they slept. They were also equipped with movement detectors so the researchers could independently measure whether their sleep was restless or peaceful.
  • Although more data must be analyzed before firm conclusions can be made, Kloesch told Reuters he thinks those who enjoy a siesta may have an advantage when it comes to quality sleep time. “The Spanish subjects did appear to get to sleep more quickly and achieve higher sleep efficiency–sleeping time in terms of time spent in bed–than the Austrians and the Germans,” Kloesch said.
  • Full moon or not, it’s important to get the right amount of sleep each night. If you sleep toofull moon little–or even too much–you’re at a higher risk for a heart attack. In a separate research study, doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have determined that women who have a sleep imbalance–that is, sleep five or less hours a night or nine or more–run a greater risk of getting heart disease than those who sleep eight hours a night. Why? They aren’t sure, especially for those who sleep too much. Reuters reports that while the study involved 121,700 female nurses that began in 1976, the results are likely to apply to men as well.

documentation source: http://www.gateway.net

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  • Mike Thompson said:

    Now to clarify; the moon physical has two affects on earth gravity and light. The reason why no study will make a link between the moon and sleepless/behaviour is because everyone is different so how changes in our enviroment affect us may differ greatly. If anyone had spent a minute listening to the knowledge preserved in astrology from the last thousands of years one could see that astrological changes affect people profoundly. I noticed that I was strongly affected by the moon with extremes during the dark and full moon. In my understand according to chinese astrology a person has a specific crystallization of energy at birth and know and behold I was born during the dark moon.

  • Chloe Davies said:

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  • Stephaine Dugger said:

    Ok, I keep finding things about a full moon but the night of september 12th it was either a waxing cresent or wanning cresent. I have ask many of people and like myself they didnt sleep good. I want to know why this is but have had no luck.

  • Steven said:

    Many years ago, before I joined the army, an ex world war 2 soldier told me to watch people sleeping when there was a full moon. I was on guard duty one night out in the field on a training exercise. I noticed the full moon and remembered what he had said. I went around the encampment, where soldiers were sleeping in their sleeping bags. I was surprised how many were tossing, turning and talking in their sleep. It was not like other nights at all.

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