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A new study finds that around the full moon humans get less shut-eye and their slumber is not as deep, even if sleep is restricted to windowless rooms free of environmental and time-based cues—such as those found in a sleep lab. The findings … suggest that restful sleep takes a hit during a full moon as well as a few days before and after the phase. Still, no one has any idea why that would occur or what biological mechanism could be at work.
A scientific mystery: The full moon disrupts our sleep patterns – a curious curveball in the already complex and fascinating science of what we do know about sleep, the relationship between dreaming and depression, and how our internal clocks dictate our whole lives. (via oaluz)