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Struggling to Sleep? Blame the Moon

Volunteers found to sleep up to 50 minutes less when there is a full moon.

Many of us try to catch up on our zzzz's over the weekend, but you may have trouble this weekend. 

Latest study claims the full moon may be to blame for our restless nights.  Even when a group of test subjects were kept in complete darkness with no windows in sight, they had 25 minutes less sleep during a full moon.
It's a finding that supports centuries of folklore.  Many believe the moon changes our behavior according to the lunar cycle.  This has scientists trying to figure out the link between the body clock and the moon's movements. 

Many believe that there is strong evidence of a human circadian rhythm - the way bodily functions are synchronized with the 24-hour pattern of the Earth's rotation. 

In the study, researchers found that men appeared to be particularly susceptible to the lunar cycle, sleeping for 50 minutes less. 

The scientists did admit that they don't know if it is light from the moon that makes the brain more excitable. 

The study also looked at the content of the test volunteers dreams.  They found that the dreams did not vary with the seasons or with the days of the week.  But, in the week or so surrounding a full moon, they are noticeably more 'weird and bizarre.'

(sources:  The Health Site, The Independent, Science World Report)

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