The full moon is said to cause rises in crime, increased births and higher incidents of crazy behavior… so, does it actually make a difference in sleep?
Evidence of “lunar influence” on a person’s sleep and behavior was found by researchers at Basel University, in Switzerland.
Researchers had thirty-three participants spend several nights in a sleep laboratory. More so, the participants were not informed of why they were performing the study – so that the data collected would measure the true effects of the full moon on their sleep.
Scientists found that during the night of a full moon the participants:
- Took five minutes longer to fall asleep.
- Slept 20 minutes less.
- Spent 30% less time in deep sleep.
Additionally, in order to avoid and remove the variable of “additional moon light”, participants slept in a completely darkened room. “The lunar cycle seems to affect human sleep, even when one does not see the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase,” said lead researcher Christian Cajochen.
So, the next time you wake up feeling a little groggy, in a funk, or maybe just a little crazy... you can blame it on the moon – and not the Netflix show you binged watch on a work-night until 2 in the morning.