The lunar cycle does affect people’s sleep | Digital Trends Spanish
We know that the activities that human beings carry out are conditioned by light, whether natural or artificial.
Now, a study shows that our ability to sleep is directly influenced by the lunar cycle.
Research carried out by the University of Washington, Yale University and the University of Quilmes, in Argentina, indicates that, on the nights before a full moon, people go to bed later and sleep for shorter intervals.
Before the new moon, meanwhile, people do the opposite.
These observations of sleep variations were found in urban and rural settings, specifically in indigenous communities in northern Argentina and in Seattle university students.
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According to the study that was published in Science Advances: “Community participants showed the same pattern of sleep oscillations as the moon progressed through its 29.5-day cycle, with changes in sleep duration of between 20 and more than 90 minutes, and variations in bedtime between 30 and 80 minutes ”.
The results helped the authors confirm that human sleep patterns were conditioned by the lunar cycle.
“Taken together, these results suggest that human sleep is synchronized with the lunar phases, regardless of ethnic, socio-cultural and level of urbanization.”
Research also helps us understand the extent to which we humans are still conditioned by some phenomena in nature, despite sometimes thinking otherwise.
“Humans tend to believe that we somehow manage to control nature, and the use of artificial light is a great example of this. But it turns out that there are some forces of nature that we cannot escape, ”the researchers add.