Poor Sleep In Full Moon
Scientists have linked poor sleep to full moon. According to a research people have complained about not going to sleep when the moon is full.
Christian Cajochen, a sleep researcher at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel in Switzerland studied sleeping patterns in 33 different individuals and came to this conclusion.
“Around [a] full moon, people had less deep sleep, about 30 percent less deep sleep. They slept in general 20 minutes shorter, and it took them five minutes longer to fall asleep,” he said.
“There is darkness outside and our body has to adapt to darkness behaviour, which means in humans, sleep. So it’s a sleep-preparatory hormone. And this was reduced during full moon phase, although they didn’t see the light. And this probably causes or caused this little sleep disturbance,” he said.
“There is evidence these two clocks talk to each other – the circadian and the circalunar clock in other species. But we don’t have any clue in humans, first of all, whether there is a clock, a circalunar clock, and if yes, where is the clock, you know where in the brain. We know it about the circadian clock, we know exactly about the location, where it is for the circadian clock, but the circa lunar clock is still mysterious,” he said in an article published in journal “Current Biology”.
It was noticed that during full moon a hormone called “Melatonin” is produced in relatively lesser quantity. Sunlight also has a direct effect on the production of Melatonin.
Dr Neil Stanley a British expert on sleep told BBC that “With so much folklore and strong cultural connotations surrounding the full moon, it is not surprising to find they have a germ of truth, Stanley said, adding that “it’s up to science now to find out what’s the cause of why we might sleep differently when there’s a full moon.”