The Bed and Sleep Blog at BedKing
HOME  |  Archives  |  BedKing Website  |  Contact Us

More moon, less sleep

December 17, 2013

Did you know that the moon affects your sleep?

New studies from researchers at the University of Basel, Switzerland, have shown that the full moon can have negative effects on your sleep.

Scientists have found that during the full moon it takes people on average five minutes longer to fall asleep and they would sleep for around 20 minutes less than normal. Researchers are still not sure how or why the moon affects our sleep patterns. Some researchers think that we may have some kind of  ‘moon clock’ that tracks the moon’s cycles, or maybe it evolved over hundreds of thousands of years - back to when hunting at full moon would have been more beneficial to our primitive ancestors.

The research was  conducted on 33  volunteers would could not see the moon and was a ‘triple blind study, meaning that nobody involved in the study knew what was being researched- including the technicians! This was because of the difficulty of Chronobiology, the study of periodic phenomena in living things and how they adapt to solar- and lunar-related rhythms. Imagine having to collect data about something that happens only once a month! So when scientists do manage to get volunteers that are willing to go through months and months of research, often they will collect as much data as possible - even if they are not sure what value it will have.

In fact scientists didn’t know what to do with the information until years later, when according to some, they ‘just thought of it after a drink in a local bar one evening at full moon’.

The moral? Stay out a little longer next full moon - you are not going to sleep anyway and you never know what brilliant ideas you will think up!

Read more at:

Latest Posts:
Sleeping Disorders: The Concise Guide to Sleep Apnea
» Sleeping Disorders: The Concise Guide to Sleep Apnea As bed supply specialists, the Bed King team is often asked to weigh in on mattresses and bedding for individuals who suffer from sleeping disorders. In a previous article, we took a look at insomnia; today we discuss sleep apnea, which is defined as a condition where the upper airway becomes blocke...
Choose Comfort Air Mattresses & Rethink the Way You Sleep
» Choose Comfort Air Mattresses & Rethink the Way You Sleep Have you ever been described as a fussy sleeper? We’re here to tell you there is no such thing as a fussy sleeper - only discerning individuals who know what they need in a sleeping surface. At Bed King, we have mattresses down to a science. This is why we offer a range of Comfort Air Mattress...
Sleeping Disorders Series: The Concise Guide to Insomnia
» Sleeping Disorders Series: The Concise Guide to Insomnia As bed supply specialists, we are frequently asked to recommend sleeping surfaces that will improve the experience of individuals who suffer from sleeping orders. Over the course of the next few articles we will take a look at the most current definitions of a few of the most well-known sleeping dis...
Copyright © 2009 The Bed King