If you were tossing and turning and howling at your pillow last week, you’re not necessarily a lunatic, at least in the strictest sense of the word. The recent full moon might be to blame for your poor sleep.
In the days close to a full moon, people take longer to doze off, sleep less deeply, and sleep for a shorter time, even if the Moon isn’t shining in their window, a new study has found.
“A lot of people are going to say, ‘Yeah, I knew this already. I never sleep well during a full moon.’ But this is the first data that really confirms it,” says biologist Christian Cajochen of the University of Basel in Switzerland, lead author of the new work.
“There had been numerous studies before, but many were very inconclusive.”