Bad Moon Rising: How Lunar Rhythms Affect Sleep

Scientists at the University of Basel have confirmed that lunar cycles and human sleep behavior are indeed connected. Researchers say the study found that both subjective and objective perception of sleep quality changes with the lunar cycles. Around full moon, brain activity in the areas related to deep sleep dropped by 30 percent. People also took five minutes longer to fall asleep, overall slept for 20 minutes less, and showed lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles. Today, other influences of modern life, such as electric light, often mask the moon’s influence on us; however, in a laboratory’s controlled environment, the moon’s hold over us is still measurable.

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