FOR KIDS: Full moon shortchanges sleep

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FOR KIDS: Full moon shortchanges sleep

Lab experiments show people’s sleep suffers for a day or so every month

Lab experiments show people’s sleep suffers for a day or so every month

By Stephen Ornes

Web edition: August 2, 2013

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Losing sleep?

People don’t become werewolves during a full moon. But they may lose sleep, a new study shows.

Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serv.

Werewolves aren’t the only creatures thrown off by the moon’s cycles. A full moon subtly disrupts people’s sleep, reports a Swiss team of scientists. Even people dozing in a lab without windows experienced a small shortfall in zzz’s.

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C. Gelling. “Full moon may mean less sleep.” Science News. July 25, 2013.

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