Effect of Full Moon on Sleep

Full Moon in starry sky

You probably know that you don’t feel yourself after getting a poor night’s sleep. Instead of waking and feeling completely rested and energized, you might wake feeling like you just want to go back to bed. Though you can blame away your poor sleep on stress and other factors, there might be a link between a full moon and your lack of sleep.

Effects of the Moon

A recent study found that during a full moon, people have a hard time falling asleep and/or sleeping throughout the night. Though some might claim that these problems occur because the moon appears brighter or shines through the windows, the study found that even those without exposure to the moon can still suffer from similar problems. Participants in the study slept in laboratory settings without windows and could not see the moon outside. A large number of those participants had difficulties falling asleep, and most participants woke multiple times throughout the night. Though researchers are unsure of what causes these problems, they did find a clear link between a full moon and sleeping problems.

Get More Sleep

Getting more sleep is likely important to you. A good night’s sleep leaves you feeling ready to take on the world and better able to handle stress. During a full moon, it’s especially important that you avoid caffeine. Even tea and decaf coffee still contains trace amounts of caffeine, and you may find caffeine in some desserts and other dishes. You’ll also want to take the time to clear your room of any distractions before getting in bed. The light emitted by electronics, any light coming through your windows and even small messes left around the room can distract you and make sleep feel impossible.

A full moon can disrupt your sleep and change your sleeping patterns, making it hard for you to fall or stay asleep. Though researchers aren’t sure why this happens, you can reduce the effects of the moon when you remove distractions when falling asleep.


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