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Does the full moon disturb sleep patterns?

New study suggests human response to lunar cycles

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A full moon rises over Summit County, Colorado. Bob Berwyn photo.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — If you didn’t sleep so well the last couple of nights, you might be able to blame it on the moon.

A new study, published this week in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggests that lunar cycles have some influence over human behavior, perhaps dating back eons, when the moon may ave synchronized human behaviors for reproductive or other purposes, much as it does in other animals.

Today, the moon’s hold over us is usually masked by the influence of electrical lighting and other aspects of modern life, but the study offers some convincing scientific evidence that humans still respond to the geophysical rhythms of the moon, driven by a circalunar clock. Continue reading

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