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Study: Full Moon May Cause Sleep Problems

We've all heard of animals acting strange when there's a full moon. Now, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology, that full moon might affect us as well.
We've all heard of animals acting strange when there's a full moon.  Now, according to a new study  in the journal Current Biology,  that full moon might affect you and me as well. 

The data was collected ten years ago but just recently released.   

 According to the lead author, people tend to get lower quality sleep around the time of full moons,  taking longer to fall asleep and sleeping an average of 20 minutes less than they do during a new moon

33 volunteers between the ages of 20 and 74 slept in a climate controlled laboratory with no windows for three and a half days. 

The participants and the researchers didn't plan to analyze the results in terms of lunar patterns, but decided to after the fact.

Now, here's the limitation with this study -- the number of participants, 33, is very small, so researchers say it might not work on a wider population.

Also, apparently the researchers didn't' control what the volunteers were exposed to the week before the study.

Study authors say further research, over a longer period of time, is needed.


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