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Does the moon cycle really affect human mood?

Does the moon cycle really affect human mood?


The moon has always been surrounded by a mysterious halo. For centuries, the moon and its possible impact on human behavior have been the object of ancestral charm and myth hype. Although a full moon cannot turn a person into a werewolf, some people believe that the full moon affects nighttime sleep or causes physical or psychological changes.


To find out if the moon phases affect humans, an international research team studied the children to see if their sleep patterns changed or their behaviors changed in daily life. The findings are published at the forefront of pediatrics.

He said that We think it would be more relevant to do this research on kids, because they are more responsive to behavioral changes, and sleep is more important to them than it is to adults, Jean-Philippe Chaput of the Eastern Ontario Institute The doctor said.


The study was performed on a total of 5,812 children from five continents. Children come from different economic and sociocultural levels, and some variables such as their age, gender, parents' highest level of education, measurement day, body mass index score, night sleep time, total time spent exercising and sedentary Levels are taken into account.

More than 28 months of data were collected, and the moon cycle is also 28. They divided the data into three lunar phases: full moon, half moon, and new moon. The results of the study showed that, on average, night sleep on the full moon was 5 minutes less on average (1% change) than during the new moon. No other activities have changed substantially.

He said that Our study provides convincing evidence that the moon does not affect people's behavior. The only significant finding is a 1% change in sleep during the full moon period, which is largely due to the maximization of our sample statistics. Chaput said. In a clinical sense, a 5-minute reduction in sleep during a full moon will not cause harm to health. In general, I don't think we should worry about the full moon. Our behavior is affected by many other factors, such as genetics, education, income, and psychosocial aspects, not by gravity, he added.

Although the results of this study are clear, the controversy over the moon may lead to further research to determine whether our physiological response is synchronized with the phase of the moon, and whether a full moon is more likely to occur when people suffer from mental disorders or physical illness. Great influence.

Folk culture and even some examples in professional knowledge indicate that the mental health or behavior of humans and animals is affected by the moon phase. Are there any scientific foundations behind these myths? The mystery of the moon will continue to attract people to explore in many years

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