A new study from Uppsala University, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, shows that men’s sleep may be more strongly affected by the lunar cycle than women’s.
Previous studies have produced somewhat conflicting results about the association between the lunar cycle and sleep, with some reporting an association while others have not.
There are many possible explanations for these conflicting findings, however, and many previous studies that have investigated the association of the lunar cycle with human sleep have not controlled their analyzes of confounders known to affect human sleep, such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia.
During the waxing period, the amount of luminous surface of the moon as seen from Earth increases, and the moment the moon crosses the meridian gradually turns into the late evening hours. In contrast, during the waning period, the luminous surface wanes and the moment the moon crosses the meridian gradually turns into daylight hours.
Christian Benedict, assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University in Sweden, and lead author of the study, says: “We used home-based one-night sleep recordings of 492 women and 360 men. We found that men whose nights sleep was recorded in the increasing crescent of the lunar cycle showed Lower sleep efficiency and increased wake-up time after sleep onset compared to men whose nights sleep was measured in the waning crescent period. In contrast, women’s sleep remained largely unaffected by the lunar cycle.Our results were robust even when adjusting to chronic sleep problems and severe obstructive apnea. During sleep”.
One of the mechanisms by which the moon may affect sleep is sunlight reflecting off the moon at the times when people usually sleep. Additionally, a recent study suggests that male brains may be more responsive to ambient light than female brains.
Benedict concludes that the study “cannot explain whether sleep is causally linked to the lunar cycle or only correlated.”
Source: Medical Express
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