By Andy | November 24, 2012 - 2:39 am - Posted in Insomnia, Sleep Habits

The full moon can affect people in different ways. Does the full moon affect our sleep? How about the cycles of the moon? A lot of disorders seem to follow the phases of fullmoon1the moon. While the moon is full, some people may suffer from insomnia, nightmares, strange dreams, and some people even sleepwalk. There is one more interesting fact that some people sleep better when the moon is full, even if its shine falls into their faces.

There is no doubt the phases of the moon do have an effect on the mind. In fact, the Moon has influenced life and the mind of Man since the beginning of time. The cavemen thought the moon was a God, and it’s depicted in many cave drawings. Many cultures, down through the ages, credited the moon with a great deal of influence. Even today, many of the New Age religions worship the Moon. Followers of astrology attribute a great deal of significance to the moon’s cycles. And the Pagan/Wiccan religion, for instance, is very moon-oriented.

The moon does have a certain magnetic attraction which can cause tides, but recent studies show that the magnetic pull of the moon can also affect fullmoon2people’s moods, and their brain activity. About your problem, I just got through reading this article suggesting that a full moon, or a phase close to such, excites the brain’s neuro-impulses, exciting the brain, and making it harder to sleep. neuro researchers think that because of the relationship between electricity and magnetism, the magnetic property of the moon can cause in increased amount of brain activity.

With all these many associations to the moon, it should come as no surprise that, when the moon is full, some people suffer from insomnia, others suffer from strange dreams and nightmares and some people sleepwalk. And others, for some reason, sleep better when the moon is full, even if it’s shining on the bed through an open blind.

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  1. July 27, 2009 @ 12:02 am

    is drinking coke affect our sleep?

    Posted by dodz
  2. August 24, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    havent slept 4 two n and half days never feel like this unless its a full moon

    Posted by smoove
  3. October 22, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    Now I get it! every month when there’s a full moon I have the darnedest time falling asleep & now I know why.

  4. November 19, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    When I go to bed I try not to check what the moon is since the sight of a full moon can cause nightmares for me. When there’s a full moon that I don’t see, I don’t know about the moon and I don’t get nightmares.

    Posted by Sophs
  5. January 20, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Have been restless the last two nights, waking every hour or so and just found out there was a full moon< iy has to be related as I usually sleep so soundly! Tired but facinated!

    Posted by Jane
  6. March 18, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    crippling awful.vivid.terrifying..I daren’t go to sleep. I know it’s the full moon because of the nightmares,I don’t need to look outside,this has happened since I was a child…went to bed tonite,blissfully unaware it was a full moon..but hey!! I know it now!!no one else is bothered..but they’d be bothered if they had my dreams. I typed in ” nightmares and the full moon ” and up this forum popped, so here I am…meet you all at the next full moon!

    Posted by anne churchill
  7. October 13, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    Me too Anne.. I’m a 52 years old male and have since childhood been affected by the moon and its phases. Terribly strange and intense dreams …more like spiritual experiences really sometimes awe inspiring..sometimes beautiful sometimes terrifying. I am a highly creative person and I often wonder if that leads to be more susceptible to these things…or is it the other way around?

    Posted by ty
  8. December 23, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    For me, I always make sure to close the curtains when a strong moonlight can shine in the room because not only I get nightmares, but I feel terrified once I wake up, I don’t dare to get off my bed and even to look at the objects in my room. I feel as if some kind of spirits abide in everything in the room watching me. Too awful.

    Posted by wiss
  9. January 2, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    one night on a full moon when i was 8. i came out my bed and i was standing on top of the stairs and i shouted my mum and she asked me what was wrong and i said” i need my…” ”i need my…” and she said ”you need your what” and i said ”I NEED MY” and she said ”just go back to your bed”
    but the next morning i couldint remember a thing. weird.

    Posted by tasha
  10. August 7, 2013 @ 3:19 am

    I just woke up and at first I was having trouble sleeping then I slept for almost an hour only to have a strange dream/nightmare. Today there is a dark NEW MOON. I assume it’s dark because since the sun set I haven’t been able to see it. And it’s a night with a clear sky.

    Posted by JJ

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