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The next time you have a difficult time falling asleep, you may be able to blame the man in the moon. For years people have said they have had trouble sleeping when there is a full moon. Many so called experts discounted such reports in the past. But now it seems there may be evidence that a link between lunar occurrences and sleeplessness is not lunacy after all.

Researchers at the University of Basel have discovered that moon phases may very well determine how well people sleep. This is actually the first time a study of this kind has highlighted such a connection. Basically, the study showed that with a full moon, brain activity related to deep sleep fell by 30 percent. Not only that but participants in the study took five minutes longer to fall asleep and slept twenty minutes less overall.

Scientists say this study is the first reliable evidence that lunar rhythm can effect sleep structure in humans. The question is why? That's the tricky part. I don't think scientists have really figured that out yet but there is one theory that it could be a relic from our distant past when human behavior was influenced by the moon. Of course modern living has now changed all of that but the effects from the moon apparently can still be felt.

So while it would be crazy to actually believe that a full moon causes humans to turn into bloodthirsty werewolves, turns out it can disrupt your sleep and perhaps make you a bit grumpy the day after.

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