Understanding the Moon, Your Mood and Your Health

Holy Hormones Journal:   And there you have it.  Science is finally beginning to realize just how much influence the moon has on our moods, our sleep patterns and our lives. And there is so much more to know.  They are calling this a ‘circlunar’ clock.  That is a great start – but one day, some day they are going to realize that the real source of health lies within the circalunar clock – that governs every cell on the planet.

When people start living with this rhythm they will find that there health returns.. their vitality energy, insights.  This is the missing link.  And because women were aware of their  menstrual connection to the lunar rhythm they became powerful leaders in their communities. Coupled with the fact that they all cycled together – which gave them greater power.  Is this the power that men are so afraid of?  Do women hold the key to the Holy Grail? What do you think?

See how well you sleep over the next full moon. Listen to how many people tell you how exhausted they are around the New Moon (very low energy) and then you will begin to see the pattern.  And next time you complain of insomnia… look to the moon.

Bad Night’s Sleep? The Moon Could Be to Blame

ScienceDaily
July 25, 2013

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(Credit: Current Biology, Cajochen et al.)

Many people complain about poor sleep around the full moon, and now a report appearing in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, on July 25 offers some of the first convincing scientific evidence to suggest that this really is true. The findings add to evidence that humans — despite the comforts of our civilized world — still respond to the geophysical rhythms of the moon, driven by a circalunar clock.

“The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not ‘see’ the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase,” says Christian Cajochen of the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel.

In the new study, the researchers studied 33 volunteers in two age groups in the lab while they slept. Their brain patterns were monitored while sleeping, along with eye movements and hormone secretions.

The data show that around the full moon, brain activity related to deep sleep dropped by 30 percent. People also took five minutes longer to fall asleep, and they slept for twenty minutes less time overall. Study participants felt as though their sleep was poorer when the moon was full, and they showed diminished levels of melatonin, a hormone known to regulate sleep and wake cycles.

“This is the first reliable evidence that a lunar rhythm can modulate sleep structure in humans when measured under the highly controlled conditions of a circadian laboratory study protocol without time cues,” the researchers say.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.