Does the moon affect your sleep?

1:32 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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If you didn't sleep well last night you may be able to blame the moon!

In a new swiss study, thirty adult volunteers went to a sleep lab where their brain patterns and hormone levels were monitored overnight.

Researchers found it took participants five minutes longer to fall asleep, and they slept twenty minutes less, during a full moon.

they also found hormones related to sleep were lower, and brain activity associated with deep sleep went down thirty percent!

However, the participants were in a controlled lab environment. the researchers say modern influences, like electric light, may mask the moon's effect.

They say the link between lunar patterns and sleep dates back to a time when the moon synchronized human behavior. this is well documented in other animals -- like marine life -- where moon light coordinates reproduction.

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