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There's A Reason Why You Couldn't Sleep Last Night

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There's A Reason Why You Couldn't Sleep Last Night

Hands up if you couldn't sleep last night? Yup, us too.

If you spent the whole night tossing and turning - and now you feel like you haven't slept at all - then there could be a totally legit reason why.

Did you know there was a beautiful pink supermoon last night?

If you struggled to sleep last night, the moon could have something to do with it (Credit: Shutterstock)
If you struggled to sleep last night, the moon could have something to do with it (Credit: Shutterstock)
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Supermoons are the most impressive full moons, and the pink supermoon - which is the biggest and brightest of the year - peaked at around 3.30am in the UK last night. Which could explain why we had a very restless slumber. But why?

Well, the link between poor sleep and the moon has been debated for centuries. In one study, researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland found that on the nights around the full moon, people took longer to fall asleep; spent less time in a deep sleep; slept for less time and spoke about having had a poor sleep.

The study was a small group of just 33 people - but none of them had any idea the study was related to the impact of the moon.

The pink supermoon peaked at around 3.30am in the UK last night (Credit: PA)
The pink supermoon peaked at around 3.30am in the UK last night (Credit: PA)
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Meanwhile, a new study has revealed people sleep less and go to bed later the night before a full moon.

According to the research published in the journal Science Advances, the moon has a major impact on our sleep patterns.

American and Argentinian researchers found that sleep cycles in people oscillate during the 29.5 day lunar cycle and, in the days leading up to a full moon, people are more likely to go to sleep later than they normally would, with many of us sleeping for shorter amounts of time too.

Last night, Twitter was filled with people complaining they couldn't sleep. One person tweeted: "It's The Full Moon for me... I can't sleep."

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And another added: "I can't sleep during a full moon, so this Super Moon is really messing with me."

Of course, the bigger and brighter the moon, the more light streaming in through our curtains and blinds, but a lighter bedroom isn't the only reason why we could be conditioned to have a disturbed sleep during the full moon.

A lighter bedroom isn't the only reason why we could be conditioned to have a disturbed sleep during the full moon (Credit: Shutterstock)
A lighter bedroom isn't the only reason why we could be conditioned to have a disturbed sleep during the full moon (Credit: Shutterstock)
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The Sleep Geek, James Wilson told Tyla: "My theory as to why we sleep worse at this time is that when we had predators, a full moon would make us more vulnerable to being attacked and eaten.

"Therefore our bodies are designed to sleep more fitfully and therefore the quality and quantity of our sleep to be worse."

So is it our instincts kicking in?

Others believe the energy of the supermoon could have a direct impact on our psyche and emotions, leading us to become more unsettled both in the day and at night.

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Astrologer Lisa Stardust told Tyla: "A full moon occurs when there's a polarity between the sun and the moon. This tug of war takes a toll on emotions and illuminates truths to be exposed.

"Being that it's close to earth, the moon (who in astrology represents emotions) has a greater affect on our inner sentiments - most of which we cannot express."

After last night, we're so tired not even a full moon will stop us from snoozing this evening!

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life News, Sleep

Lucy Devine
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