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Does a Full Moon Affect Human Behavior?

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  • Many emergency-room doctors, firefighters and police officers enjoy swapping stories about the crazy accidents and incidents that take place on nights when the sky is enlivened by a full moon, blaming lunar cycles for the perceived uptick in unusual activity
  • Belief in a “lunar effect” and the intermittent insanity associated with it dates back to the Middle Ages when some believed humans could be transformed into vampires or werewolves under a full moon
  • While anecdotal evidence may lead you to believe there are more accidents, crimes, drug overdoses, ER visits, hospitalizations and suicides on nights featuring a full moon, scientific research has failed to prove a full moon has any bearing on human behavior
  • One small study to the contrary suggests your body and sleep may be affected by a full moon — resulting in it taking you longer to fall asleep, causing you to sleep less and producing less deep sleep

By Dr. Mercola

This natural phenomenon takes place once every 29.53 days, or roughly once a month. As it did in March 2018, it sometimes appears twice a month. It occurs when the moon is completely illuminated by the sun's rays as a result of the Earth being nearly directly aligned between the sun and the moon. By now, you probably know what it is: a full moon.


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