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A Full Moon Can Reduce Sleep by 20 Minutes

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After an awesome supermoon experience this week I would be curious to know if anyone had trouble sleeping? This study from 2013 showed sleep duration being reduced by 20 minutes, time to fall asleep increasing by 5 minutes and a 30% decrease in deep sleep during full moons.

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A quantified selfer over at Zenobase shows how to correlate your own sleep data to moon phases. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to import my Apple Health sleep data into Zenobase, but you might might have more luck if you are using a Fitbit, Jawbone, Withings or SleepCloud for monitoring your slumber you should be able to upload it to Zenobase.

 


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3 Comments

  1. Hum, are the quality of the windows curtains or blinds had been correlated with the result.
    If you have partial light protection you are liker to be touch by the light brought by a full moon and thus have more difficulty to sleep.

    It will be interesting to make this experience with a sleeping room which have complete darkness to see if the moon has an effect of itself or it’s just the reflection light which perturb the sleep.

    Regards,

  2. Expectations could play a role, too: If you know the moon is full, and you expect to have trouble sleeping, you might indeed have trouble 🙂

  3. @R – Reading through the experiment I got the impression that the participants were in full black out night conditions with no reason to think about the moon phase.

    "Thus, we have evidence that the distance to the nearest full-moon phase significantly influences human sleep and evening melatonin levels when measured under strictly controlled laboratory conditions, where factors such as light and personal moon perception can be excluded. "

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