Have you ever heard of the full moon and bad sleep? Some people report that they sleep worse when there is a full moon. This seems very far-fetched, but could it be that there is a grain of truth in it somewhere? We looked it up for you.
In this article, we look at the connection between the full moon and poor sleep and whether this is fact or fiction. In addition, we also give several tips to improve your sleep.
Are the full moon and poor sleep-related?
A study from January 2021 shows that the moon does affect how we sleep. Researchers included three groups of indigenous tribes from Argentina. One group had no electricity or artificial light, one group had a small source of artificial light and another group lived in a completely modern setting with artificial light sources and electricity. After the study, all three groups were found to have the same sleep rhythms, which ruled out the use of electricity and artificial light.
The subjects all slept the least 3 to 5 days before the full moon. When the researchers compared this with data from another study of sleep among college students in Seattle, they also found that these students also slept the least right before the full moon. This was different from the idea that people sleep worse during the full moon.
There are several theories about these findings. Some researchers say it's because of the moon's gravitational pull on Earth. Others say that the release of light from the moon affects our melatonin production.
Full moon and bad sleep: fact or fiction?
There are various theories about poor sleep during the full moon, from scientifically researched melatonin production to the moon's imaginary effects on our emotional and physical state. Everyone has an idea what it could be, but no one knows exactly what it is now.
To complete the hypothesis, we can say that bad sleep during the full moon is a fact. The cause of this is still unknown and more research needs to be done. What we can say is that many myths are surrounding the bad night's sleep during the full moon. So it is important to look closely at the sources of these claims.
Tips to sleep better
- Keep a rhythm of regular times to get up and go to sleep
- Don't eat too many fatty foods right before bed and avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Reduce the number of short naps you take during the day
- Try some relaxation exercises before going to sleep
- Reduce your exposure to blue light in bed
- Move more during the day