Bad News: We’re All Werewolves
The moon affects us more than we may have thought. Especially when it comes to sleep.
According to this study, we sleep less around the full moon. This is true even if we’re in a room with no windows or clocks. During the full moon and the days surrounding it, people slept about 20 minutes less than normal and took five minutes longer to fall asleep.
Even crazier, the sleep we do get is shallower. Participants in the study experienced 30 percent drops in deep sleep, as per EEG assessments, and their melatonin – the sleep hormone – levels dropped. In subjective questionnaires, they noted that they were (surprise!) sleepier during the full moon and that their sleep quality was 20 percent worse.
No one knows exactly what biological mechanisms are at work here. Sleep researchers are, overall, much better acquainted with circadian rhythms than lunar rhythms. It probably points to something leftover from our “evolutionary past,” as Dr. Michael Hastings says.
This may lead to revolutionary new findings in the history of human evolution. Maybe we didn’t come from apes after all. Maybe there is no missing link.
Maybe we came from the one creature more affected by the moon than any other. Maybe the mythology is all wrong. We don’t turn into them; they turned into us.
Maybe we’re all werewolves.
– Josh Segal