- The impact that the Moon has on humans has long been debated, but new research suggests that it definitely affects our sleep.
- A new study published in Science Advance shows that the phase of the moon has a real, measurable impact on sleep volume, and when we feel tired.
- The study participants wore sleep trackers and their habits were tracked for two months.
It is often said that during the different phases of a full moon moon people act differently than on any other night. Ancient civilizations often placed great importance on the phases of the moon and some believed that some things only occur during specific moon phases, such as the full moon. Now, science is giving some serious support for these theories.
In a new study published in Science advanceThe researchers asked volunteers from indigenous communities in Argentina to wear a sleep tracker for two months to track their sleeping habits. Roughly 100 people from the region participated in the study. The data were compared to sleep data gathered from over 450 residents of Seattle, and the similarities were unreliable.
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The study attempted to determine differences in sleep patterns based on moonlight, and since it is the brightest nights by full moon and day, it makes sense that indigenous people (some of whom are not limited to or limited to electricity Were) stayed later on nights with a bright moon and slept for about an hour less than other nights of the month.
This discovery, on its own, would be quite interesting if only for the fact that it provided us with a glimpse of how our pre-industrial ancestors might have behaved because of the different phases of the moon. However, when data from Seattle were included, the study takes an even more surprising turn. As it turns out, residents of the city, despite access to artificial light in so many forms, exhibited different sleep patterns depending on the lunar phase.
Lead author of the research Leandro Kashiragi said, “The fact that this modulation was present even in communities with full access to electric light suggests that these effects are mediated by something other than moonlight.” C.n.n..
But if light is not the only factor then how can the moon affect people? That part remains unclear, but researchers have their theories. One such theory is that humans have internal clocks that are more than just 24-hours of regular and sleep / wake cycles. Many animals have a spontaneous response at the time of year, even if seasonal changes do not bring with them dramatic changes in weather. It is possible that humans have had a similar adaptation for a long time, and when the moon is bright, staying up late burns into our DNA. Of course, this is just a theory.