The Moon: effects on human behaviour

You know what?..

Maybe we’re all a type of werewolf. Errrrr, wait. Don’t stone me yet, I’m getting somewhere. If you’re familiar with popular folklore, you must know about the werewolf myths – how some humans transform into these huge canine beasts once the full moon crests in the night sky. Now, these stories have been more of legends and fables, and there have been no actual modern-day accounts of people morphing into huge, blood-thirsty creatures with fangs and a chilling howl… But do people really change behaviorally or otherwise with the phases of the moon? What does science actually say of this?

Let’s check some interesting facts:

1. The full moon makes us insane! This is one of the foremost and most iconic beliefs about the full moon. In fact, the word ‘lunacy’ gets its source from the word ‘Luna’, the name of the Roman moon goddess. Majority of people won’t go stark, raving mad during the full moon but just engage in some subtle, weird behavior. Modern day theorists are now reluctant to attribute strange behaviors to a certain goddess, but hold such factors as the bright moonlight as possible culprits for any reported craziness.

2. Higher likelihood of sleep deprivation! There have been reports of the moon affecting our sleep-wake cycle. During these periods, it is claimed that more people tend to toss and turn on their beds, and have challenges initiating sleep. Whilst this is a widely propagated belief, there have been NO definite scientific findings to prove a strong association between poor sleep and a full moon. Perhaps you could test your sleep during the next full moon and let us know what you discover… 😉

3. More cases of digestive disturbances! We all know that the moon has a transiently increased gravitational pull on the earth during a full moon. This is what’s responsible for the peaks of the tidal waves. Guess what? It’s claimed that this also affects the human body in an interesting way. This gravitational pull also causes a shift or imbalance in the human body water which releases some ‘dormant’ parasites.
OUCH! 😱
These invade the gut and cause all manner of digestive disturbances and immune dysfunctions. So if you’re bloated or constipated, or having some hives or irritability, just look out the window. The culprit may be found in the night sky! Ha ha ha. 

4. Higher chances of epileptic seizures! No one seems to know how or why, but epileptic seizures seems to increase in probability with the appearance of a full moon. It is said that seizures become more severe and frequent in known epileptics, whilst previously seizure-free people aren’t spared. They have a higher likelihood of a first seizure during the full moon. This is a phenomenon that has baffled experts for so long and some have tried to conduct researches to ascertain the veracity of these beliefs.

5. Increase in fertility and births! There remains the age-old belief that the moon controls a woman’s fertility. In fact, the moons cyclical appearance has been linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle. In these cultures, a lot of significance is placed on moon watching, and its believed that more conceptions and births occur during this period.

Do you have anything to add? 😉☕️


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