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Can the moon really affect our sleep?

You may have had trouble sleeping last night and think you may have found the culprit: the full moon. Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStop

DESCRIPTION – For thousands of years, the night star has been blamed for all evils and especially for disturbing our sleep. Believed or proven scientific fact? An update with a sleep expert and a chronology biologist.

You may have had trouble sleeping last night, tossing and turning, looking for Morpheus. Too much coffee? Stress. After a glance out the window, you found the culprit: the full moon.

Several studies have attempted to understand this phenomenon. Many have been rejected due to their biased methodology, based solely on testimonials or a small sample size. “Nobody has yet provided formal proof of the moon’s effect on sleep,” says Christophe Syrou, a sleep doctor and author of a thesis that lists all the major studies in the scientific literature on the subject. On the other hand, recent American and Argentinian work, the results of which were published in January 2021 in the journal; The progress of scienceproposed a promising hypothesis: the influence of star brightness on our circadian clock, which regulates our 24-hour cycles.

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Source: Le Figaro

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