There are so many myths around this world that often confuse us. And when there isn’t any science to back up the myths, we become all the more confused. Moonstruck madness has been relegated to a lot of folklores since forever. But now there are new findings which questions and confirms the influence of the moon and the relationship between sleep durations and the lunar cycles. Perhaps these new findings will actually give you promising explanations for why you feel so tired on certain days. In fact, “it must be the moon” is going to become the newest excuse for being exceptionally tired one particular day amongst the rest.
Well, there is a myth that when there is a full moon, people tend to sleep less. This is a very common belief and what’s more interesting is the fact that even though there was no science to back it up or prove the relationship between sleep durations and lunar cycles, a lot of people actually believed it and held the belief close as well.
Researches linking sleep durations and the lunar cycles
However, scientists and researchers based in Sweden have now not only quantified this major belief, but also presented a very authentic scientific reason behind it too. There is a definite correlation between our sleep durations and the lunar cycles. According to a study which was published in Current Biology, researches based in University of Gothenburg Switzerland actually conducted an experiment to find out the relationship between sleep durations and lunar cycles. For the experiment, 47 healthy individuals were chosen and it was found that they slept approximately 20 minutes lesser and always took 5 minutes longer to sleep during the phase of full moon. The study found out that when the moon is full, human beings get less sleep and also that their slumber is not as deep as other days even if they sleep in a windowless room where there isn’t any environmental and time based cues such as the conditions of a sleep lap.
Although the correlation between sleep durations and the lunar cycles was established, further study is needed into the experiment to determine the exact reason why this happens. The authors of the study linking sleep durations and the lunar cycles suspect that human brains become more reactive while the moon is full and thus it makes it very hard for people to actually calm down to an extent which lets them drift off and sleep. There isn’t any explanation for the biological mechanism which is at work, but the fact is that when the moon is at its brightest at night, it takes 5 minutes longer to sleep, the slumber is not as deep and the duration is also reduced by 20 minutes.
July 12th, August 10th, September 9th and a lot more to come in this year and beyond will be supermoons. Supermoon happens to be the phenomena when the moon is at its closest to the earth and is full ready to boot in its entirety. So on 12th July 2014, be prepared because this supermoon will definitely make you sleep about 20 minutes less. Maybe you will feel groggy, frustrated or something that has no science to back it up.