It is still debated to this very day. Ai??Does a full moon effect human beings? Ai??Termed the “lunar effect,” it is described by Wikipedia as just a “belief.”Ai?? More and more evidence, however, is piling up supporting the idea that the full moon indeed does in fact affect our brains, and most notably our sleep.

According to BBC News, “Researchers found evidence of a ‘lunar influence’ in a study of 33 volunteers sleeping in tightly controlled laboratory conditions. Ai??When the Moon was round, the volunteers took longer to nod off and had poorer quality sleep, despite being shut in a darkened room.”

So what specifically did they find? Ai??In short, that brainAi??activity related to deep sleep dropped by nearly a third during a full moon. Ai??The cause, they believe, is the drop in melatonin levels, the hormone that regulates body clock cycles. Ai??You see,Ai??when it’sAi??dark, the body makes more melatonin. Ai??When it is light, it produces less. Ai??These subjects, however, were in completely darkened rooms during the studies, which were conducted on two separate nights. Ai??According toAi??Professor Cajochen, “The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not ‘see’ the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase.”

Says Dr. Neil Stanley, “There is a such a strong cultural story around the full Moon that it would not be surprising if it has an effect. Ai??It’s one of these folk things that you would suspect has a germ of truth. Ai??It’s up to science now to find out what’s the cause of why we might sleep differently when there’s a full Moon.”

There may be other unknown contributing factors as well aside from melatonin levels, but for now, the moon certainly does seem to have an affect on more than just the ocean tides.

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