The moon has always been thought to have mysterious powers and is tied to various folklore and legends.\u00a0 Now researchers in Switzerland have discovered evidence that suggests that the lunar cycle \u2014 otherwise known as phases of the moon \u2014 may affect our sleep cycles.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPeople have long announced that they have found it harder to both get to sleep and remain asleep during a full moon. While it was never clear whether our difficulty sleeping during a full moon was just a figment of our imagination or it really did wreak havoc on our sleep quality, scientists now claim the latter may just be the case.\r\n\r\nLunar Phase Sleep Study\r\n\r\nIn testing 33 men and women, all healthy and between the ages of 20 and 74, the researchers conclude that there is a link between our sleep patterns and the lunar cycle.\r\n\r\nOne of the most interesting findings of the study reveals that a substantial rise in sleep disruption occurs around the time of the full moon phase of the lunar cycle. The researchers found that total sleep and delta sleep \u2014 the later of which represents the deepest sleep in our nightly sleep phases \u2014 reached their lowest level during a full moon. Melatonin levels were also found to be at their lowest levels during a full moon.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not see the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase," chronobiologist and sleep researcher Christian Cajochen at the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel in Switzerland said.\r\n\r\nIn particular, the findings revealed the time around the full moon resulted in:\r\n\r\n\tparticipants taking an increased time to fall asleep by 5 minutes.\r\n\tparticipants spending 30 percent less time in the deepest phase of sleep.\r\n\tEEG scans displaying reduced slow wave sleep (deep sleep) when the full moon was in effect.\r\n\tparticipants sleeping 20 minutes less on nights with a full moon.\r\n\tparticipants revealing they felt they had their lowest quality of sleep during the full moon phase.\r\n\r\nAll study participants were deemed to be without both psychiatric conditions and medical conditions. All were screened for sleep disorders and sleep quality; all were considered to be good sleepers. None took any sort of medications.\r\n\r\nAll testing was done in circadian sleep study in a controlled environment in a sleep lab. The results of the study were published in the journal Current Biology.\r\n\r\nWhy Do You Sleep Badly During a Full Moon?\r\n\r\nResearchers suggest that we may have an internal biological rhythm that is connected to the moon\u2019s 29.5 days cycle. While we have so much more to understand about how sleep works, this study provides fascinating insight into the role the moon may play in our sleep.\r\n\r\nSo, if you are having a bad night\u2019s sleep, now you can blame it on the moon. Of course, only when it is full.\r\n\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep with Organic and Natural Latex Mattresses at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/sleep-science\/sleep-cycles-linked-moon-phases\/">PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.