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Full Moon Insomnia: Why does she always wake me?
I have many answers for you, some from astrology, some from personal experience. The most important one being- you are not alone. The effects of the Full Moon are felt by everyone I know, even people who don't know anything about astrology, or the lunar cycle. Firstly, a Full Moon is bright. She lights up the night sky like a flashlight. These rays are reflected, but they are still rays of the sun. This is easily fixed by getting some blackout curtains- even if you only use them during the Full Moon.
The full moon has long been suspected to influence sleep cycles, among other human behavioural changes, but until recently this was unproven. Considered the most compelling of the data surrounding the lunar connection, the Cajochen study discovered the link after studying the sleep cycles of 33 adults for three years. But while the findings have proven that there is, in fact, a link between sleep and the moon, why this connection exists - and how, remains shrouded in mystery. To completely understand the power of the moon on humans and human behaviour, one must consider what a full moon does. And this positioning happens approximately once every 29 days, resulting in a full moon every month.
According to folklore, the full moon affects human sleep. International researchers are trying to determine whether there is any truth to the belief. Studies by a team at The University of Gothenburg in Sweden have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full. A Swiss research study conducted last year showed that the full moon affects sleep. The findings demonstrated that people average 20 minutes less sleep, take five minutes longer to fall asleep and experience 30 minutes more of REM sleep, during which most dreaming is believed to occur.
For three and half days, the subjects of the study, ages 20 to 74, were ensconced in a lab, where their hormone levels and sleep patterns were tracked. These changes were associated with a decrease in subjective sleep quality and diminished endogenous melatonin levels," the study authors wrote. Knowing that bright streetlights can keep people awake , we might guess that a full moon would have a similar effect. But the most interesting part of the study may be that sleep disturbances linked to the moon's phases seem to have nothing to do with the moon's light. In fact, during the study, the moon's brightness wasn't a factor at all. The test subjects spent their time in a room without windows, and didn't even know that the data collected would have anything to do with the moon phases. That way, personal perceptions or beliefs about the moon's influence on their sleep could be minimized.