Sleepless In SoCal - Los Angeles Local News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

From Tony McEwing

Sleepless In SoCal

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Share ThisMore>>

  • Griffith Park Mountain Lion Found Sick, Possibly Poisoned

    Griffith Park Mountain Lion Found Sick, Possibly Poisoned

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:26:14 GMT
    Rat poison may be responsible for the sorry condition of a wild mountain lion in LA's Griffith Park. The mountain lion is known to the National Park Service as ‘P-22'.
    Rat poison may be responsible for the sorry condition of a wild mountain lion in LA's Griffith Park. The mountain lion is known to the National Park Service as ‘P-22'.
  • myFOX Tech

    Tired, Sore Eyes? Enter: Gunnar Optiks Intercept

    Tired, Sore Eyes? Enter: Gunnar Optiks Intercept

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:39:18 GMT
    I met the folks from Gunnar Optiks at CES this year and they had something new to show me. The Intercepts. I have a big head, these are big frames, it was kismet but do they work as good as they look? We'll see.
    I met the folks from Gunnar Optiks at CES this year and they had something new to show me. The Intercepts. I have a big head, these are big frames, it was kismet but would my eyes revel in this serendipitous confluence of events? We'll see.
  • Mich. judge to killer: 'I hope you die in prison'

    Mich. judge to killer: 'I hope you die in prison'

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:42:06 GMT
    A Michigan judge goes off after a convicted killer mocked her victim's family during sentencing on Wednesday. Find out what made Judge John McBain say "I hope you die in prison."
    A Michigan judge goes off after a convicted killer mocked her victim's family during sentencing on Wednesday. Find out what made Judge John McBain say "I hope you die in prison."
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices