Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 01 Feb 2018 Super blue blood moo ...

Super blue blood moon can mess with your sleep and mood

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 1, 2018, 3:19 pm IST
Updated Feb 1, 2018, 3:19 pm IST
Expert reveals how it impacts men and women differently.
A picture taken on January 31, 2018 shows the moon during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the "super blue blood moon" up in the sky above the Bosphorus straits in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP)
 A picture taken on January 31, 2018 shows the moon during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the "super blue blood moon" up in the sky above the Bosphorus straits in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP)

Many people took to social media to reveal the strange reactions they were having to the super blue blood moon.

It may sound bizarre, but Scientists in the past have shown that the phase of the lunar cycle can affect our sleep, amount of it and our moods. The reason behind it is not yet know.

 

However, in a report by the Daily Mail University of California professor Dr Matt Walker explains what the super blue blood moon did on people and how it has different effect for men and women.

"Have you ever thought about what the term lunatic actually means? It comes from the notion that something happens, physiologically and mentally, to human beings during the full moon," Dr Walker explained. People get about 30 minutes less deep sleep on a full moon night.

 

“We go from no moon - where sleep time is a little lower - to the half moon - when our sleep time is at its peak - to a full moon, when deep sleep gets to its lowest point, then back to half moon," Dr Walker further went on to say.

People have dreamless sleep and get less rest. However, it has a bigger effect on women as they experience a drop in REM sleep but men experience a spike in REM sleep.

Dr Walker said men "end up having a lot more REM sleep, which has been associated with mood and emotion regulation".

Sleep deprivation has an impact on our mood, Dr Walker explained. "When we're tired, our emotions fluctuate more. Sleep resets the magnetic north of our consciousness," he said.

So women today could feel restless and moody today. For men, they sleep times go up and the moon is at its peak size. The full moon also makes some people hungry.

 

January 31's lunar eclipse is the first since 1866. That's a pretty remarkable thing wouldn't you say?

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