Many stories have been told about fool moon, but can it really affect your sleep? Research has shown interesting results.
Researchers studied Toba-Qom indigenous communities in Argentina used wrist monitors to determine whether full moon actually affected their sleep. One of the communities had no electricity, another had a single source of artificial light, and the third community lived in an urban setting with electricity.
They found that participants in the three communities showed the same sleep pattern fluctuation as the mood progressed. People went to bed latest and slept fewer hours 2 to 5 days before a full moon.
It turns out that people sleep less before a full moon –even a group of university students from Seattle. The reason behind this remains unanswered. But it is believed that the gravitational pull cycles associated with the lunar month can make humans sensitive to the effects of the light –moonlight or artificial.
Can moonlight affect our health?
If the sleep loss is around half an hour, it is generally tolerated if you regularly sleep about 7 or 8 hours a night. For those who find it difficult to sleep, 20 minutes can have a greater effect.
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