By GRACE EIRE | LittleThings
There is a lot of folklore and superstition surrounding full moons — the ever classic werewolf superstition is a prime example.
Whether or not you believe in werewolves, the full moon has been found to affect humans and animals in multiple studies. Some of the data is hard to explain at times, but the fact of the matter is that the data exists.
It is entirely likely that you have noticed at least some of these weird full moon facts in your own life already, whether a change in mood or perhaps even a full moon childbirth!
Which, if any, of these phenomena have you personally observed before? These 10 things that are said to happen during a full moon are absolutely fascinating.
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1. Menstrual Cycles Are Affected
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A 2011 study in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica showed evidence of the full moon affecting the periods of women 16 to 25 years old. While the reason has yet to be fully explored, the findings do point to a full moon influencing women’s menstrual cycles.
2. Sea Turtles Will Lay Their Eggs
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There are some species of sea turtle who wait for the tides to become more extreme during the full moon to come ashore and lay their eggs. This is because the higher tide will take them further onto the shore, where it’s better for them to make their nests.
3. More Babies Are Born
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A recent study has shown that the gravitational pull of the moon may have something to do with the amount of births. Statistics have shown a high rate of babies being born on or around the super moon. It’s still a bit unexplainable, but the numbers don’t lie!
4. Sleep Worsens
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One study that monitored brain activity on sleeping participants showed that it took longer to fall asleep during a full moon than during other phases of the moon. It also found less brain activity related to deep sleep and shortened sleep times all around.
There haven’t been many other studies to replicate these findings, but if you have trouble sleeping during a full moon, know that this might caused by our little rock in the sky.
5. Birds Communicate Differently
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Animal behavior during the full moon does vary from other phases of the moon. One species of owl, the eagle owl, uses its white neck feathers to communicate with other birds at night. During the full moon, this activity increases because it’s easier to see with all of that moonlight.
6. Emergency Rooms Heat Up
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Many ER doctors think that the full moon really does have an effect on the number of patients admitted, as well as the strangeness of the injuries they see.
While it’s hard to find a way to prove a definite correlation, it has been hypothesized that it’s simply the beauty of the moon that makes people want to leave their homes, thus putting them in more precarious situations than they would be if they’d stayed watching TV at home.
7. Crime Rates Go Up
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Multiple studies have found higher crime rates during full moons. It very well may be as simple as the fact that there is more light illuminating the night during full moons, making it easier for criminals to see what they’re doing. Really, though, who am I to rule out the possibility that the gravitational pull is affecting us in strange ways?
8. Moods Change
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Research has shown that the moon’s gravitational pull may very well be responsible for messing with our emotions. Those with unstable personalities or personality disorders may be extra sensitive to the moon’s pull.
9. Recovery Speeds Up
One study found that patients who had to undergo emergency heart surgery recovered faster when they got the surgery on or near a full moon, and that they had a higher rate of survival.
In this study, surgery patients during full moons were able to leave the hospital four days sooner than those that got the surgery during a different phase of the moon.
10. Predators Are Less Active
Because of the increased light of the full moon, prey animals tend to lay low during these times. In reaction to that, predators don’t have as much to prey on, so they also lay low. This probably sounds surprising considering all of the werewolf folklore out there!