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Contradictory findings about the effect of the full moon on sleep
Date:7/8/2014

full. Skeptics warn that both age and gender differences may be a source of error, not to mention more subtle factors such as physical condition and exposure to light during the day.

Need for more studies

Though fully aware of the issues, Mr. Smith is not prepared to dismiss the results of the Gothenburg study.

"The rooms in our sleep laboratories do not have any windows," he says. "So the effect we found cannot be attributable to increased nocturnal light during full moon. Thus, there may be a built-in biological clock that is affected by the moon, similar to the one that regulates the circadian rhythm. But all this is mere speculation additionally, more highly controlled studies that target these mechanisms are needed before more definitive conclusions can be drawn."


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Contact: Michael G. Smith
michael.smith@amm.gu.se
46-317-863-158
University of Gothenburg
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