Lunar light could be keeping you up at night
The full moon gets blamed for everything from bad drivers to werewolves -- and all it does it sit up in the sky minding its own business.
You couldn't ask for a more innocent bystander than that!
And now, they've added one more "crime" to the list of the moon's alleged transgressions: sleep problems.
Supposedly, people need more time to fall asleep -- and spend less time asleep overall -- when there's a full moon flying high, at least according to one new study.
But we're not talking about hours of tossing and turning here. Just five extra minutes to fall asleep on average, and 20 minutes of less sleep overall, and that's based on this very, very, very small study with just 33 people.
I'd say that's not much of a difference at all... but I guess that wouldn't have made for a very exciting research paper.
Just about the only interesting discovery here is that melatonin levels may dip a little when there's a full moon.
Since the body uses light cues to start and stop production of this "sleep hormone," I guess that makes some amount of sense. But I doubt they're falling far enough to make much of a difference.
In any case, if your melatonin levels do fall enough to hurt your sleep -- whether it's due to age, lifestyle or the man in the moon -- there's an easy answer, and that's to add a supplement.
You'll find it in any vitamin shop or health food store.
And if the glow of anything is keeping you up at night, it's probably not the one coming from the moon.
It's the one coming from your TV or iPad.