Could a Full Moon Keep You Up at Night?

Study finds it’s a time when people get less shut-eye, have shorter periods of deep sleep

moon-hdTHURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) — Many myths have told of the powers of a full moon, from werewolves to sudden madness to unexplained seizures, but new research suggests an impact close to home: Sound sleep may be harder to come by when the moon is in its full glory.

The study suggests that the human body is cued not only to the daily rising and setting of the sun, which regulates circadian rhythms, but also to the phases of the moon.

Published in the July 25 online issue of the journalCurrent Biology, the idea behind the finding was dreamed up in a bar one night as the Swiss researchers were having a drink. [Read more…]