There is a belief that crimes, accidents, and exacerbations of psychosis occur more often on the night of the full moon. Many scientists call this hypothesis the “Transylvania Effect” and consider it only superstition.
However, there is a relationship between the full moon and sleep disturbances in humans, and it has been proven by a group of researchers from the University of Washington.
More than five hundred people were equipped with sleep tracking bracelets and recorded their data over two lunar cycles.
The result was interesting. All study participants in the last 3 – 5 days before the full moon began to sleep disturbances – people fell asleep 30 minutes later than usual and slept almost an hour less.
But even more interesting was the fact that sleep fluctuations in the subjects occurred not only on the full moon but also on the new moon!
And this fact completely rejects the hypothesis of the influence of moonlight on a person’s sleep.
As a result, scientists came to the conclusion that it was all about lunar gravity.
Indeed, it is on the days of the full moon and new moon that the Sun, Earth, and the Moon line up, and the gravitational influence of the Moon reaches its maximum.
Perhaps the full moon makes animals aggressive. In one of the hospitals in England, they analyzed the statistics of animal bites on humans from 97 to 99 years. Bites of dogs, cats, horses and rats were taken into account. As it turned out, during the full moon, animals bite people much more often than on other days, which can be clearly seen on the graph.
Based on what our editorial team has studied, the fact of the full moon keeps scientists from all over the world awake.
For example, researchers in Germany tested nurses’ claims that women are more likely to give birth on a full moon.
As a result, they analyzed the fertility data from 1920 to 1989, but did not find the influence of the moon, but found a dependence on the number of sunspots.
Even the footballers’ injuries have been tested for the influence of the phases of the moon – scientists from Tunisia and Qatar examined the medical histories of members of the professional Premier League of Qatar. No correlation was found.
Scientists from Tehran deserve special respect – after examining about 60,000 hospital visits, they proved that the incidence of injuries during the full moon does not increase.
Scientists from Miami also debunked another myth, proving that in psychiatric clinics, work is not added depending on the phases of the moon.
Yet the physiology of humans and animals is indeed subject to the lunar, circadian, and seasonal rhythms.
And the gravitational influences cannot be denied – the ebb and flow occur from day today.
Hundreds of proven facts are pushing scientists to conduct even more research and it is very likely that in the near future we will see real evidence of the influence of the phases of the moon on the fate of people, and astrology will have a chance to be scientifically based.