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Full Moon 'affects sleep quality'

A full moon can prevent a good night's sleep, affecting our ability to drop off and get high-quality rest once we have nodded off, researchers have found.

The study of 33 volunteers, sleeping in tightly controlled darkened rooms, took five minutes longer to fall sleep and slept for 20 minutes less when there was a full Moon.

The research also suggested that around the full Moon, brain activity related to deep sleep dropped by nearly a third.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

  • 25 Jul 2013
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