ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A new study shows that a full moon could have negative effects on human sleep patterns.
According to the study, conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland, full moons not only affect how long people sleep, but also affect the depth of sleep and how long it takes to fall asleep.
Discover Magazine is reporting that levels of sleep-related hormones called melatonin are also affected by the lunar cycle.
Carefully managed laboratory conditions and a wide variety of participants representing different age groups and genders were reportedly implemented to prevent undue influence on the results recorded by the team.
Eric Chudler, the executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington, clarified to Bloomberg News that the study is not “saying the moon controls the person’s sleep pattern,” but rather that ” the body has an internal clock that’s similar to the lunar cycle.”
He added, “It’s different to the traditional myth.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recommend that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
Their official website additionally notes “Sleep guidelines from the National Sleep foundation … have noted that sleep changes as we age, although there is no ‘magic number’ as individual sleep needs vary.”
The study was published in the journal Current Biology, the magazine learned.