Full moon shortchanges sleep

Lab experiments show people’s sleep suffers for a day or so every month

By Stephen Ornes, 16:04 PM August 1, 2013

People don’t become werewolves during a full moon. But they may lose sleep, a new study shows. Credit: USFWS

Werewolves aren’t the only creatures thrown off by the moon’s cycles. A full moon subtly disrupts people’s sleep, reports a Swiss team of scientists. Even people dozing in a lab without windows experienced a small shortfall in zzz’s.

Neuroscientist Christian Cajochen from the University of Basel and his coworkers studied data from 33 people. All had volunteered to take part in a sleep study. Because the first night sleeping away from home might prove uncomfortable or novel, the study focu...

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