A new study in the journal Cell Biology suggests that people tend to get lower quality sleep around the time of full moons, snoozing an average of 20 minutes less than they do during a new moon.
People sleeping in the lab nearer to the day of a full moon also had lower evening levels of melatonin, a hormone important to circadian rhythm that drives the body’s cycles of day and night and, therefore, wakefulness and sleep.
Deep sleep was, on average, 30% decreased around the time of a full moon. Researchers suspect the human brain may have an internal clock that is somehow synchronized with the moon.
Check it out for yourself, the next full moon is Aug. 20.
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