One question has emerged: does this supermoon really have an effect on our health? According to studies, less deep sleep, a delay in REM sleep, and changes in heart rate may be due to the full moon.
The Science Behind Full Moons.
A new study published in the British Medical Journal of Medicine has found that there may be adverse effects of full moons on heart health. According to the study, the risk of dying from ischemic heart disease increases by 16% and 11% for men and women, respectively, during lunar phases.In addition, the risk of death from cardiovascular disease increased by 7%. Researchers believe that this may be due to higher blood pressure or changes in deep sleep patterns during lunar phases. This information is especially important because it can help identify people at high risk who might need more frequent monitoring or treatment. One limitation of the study was that it did not differentiate between those who had hypertension and those who were normotensive at the time of their death. It also didn't take into account possible pre-existing conditions such as diabetes. However, the findings are still significant enough that they should be taken seriously and investigated further. As an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about cardiac diseases and improving access to care for all patients, we encourage our readers to share these findings with friends and family members so they too can stay aware of any risks associated with the moon cycle!
The Effect On Sleep.
Individuals who live near the coast may experience some trouble sleeping during a full moon. In a study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine, people near the ocean spent less time in deep sleep and more time awake at night during a full moon. Also, some studies have shown that some conditions of the cardiovascular system fluctuate during a full moon. The conclusive effects, however, of the lunar cycle on humans are not clear. It's possible that we're more aware of our surroundings and are more inclined to associate lunar phases with events like sleep disturbances and heart rate changes.
It has also been suggested that those suffering from chronic mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, may be especially sensitive to lunar cycles. According to some researchers, this increased sensitivity could explain why schizophrenics often hear voices at full moons; in most cases, these symptoms occur when they are unable to fall asleep or enter REM sleep. It is still unclear, however, whether schizophrenics always hear voices during full moons or if they hear them only coincidentally.
The Effect On The Brain And Mood.
The full moon's effects on the brain and mood are hard to predict. We do know that it can cause changes in sleep patterns, including less deep sleep and a delay in entering into REM sleep. It also seems to have an effect on people's emotional states, with some studies showing decreased levels of hostility and aggression. A study from 2006 found that doctors prescribed fewer pain-relieving drugs during full moons. And other research has shown that heart rates during lunar phases are slower than average heart rates for the same day or week when there is no moon phase. While these findings are not conclusive, it does seem like there may be more risks associated with the full moon than we previously thought. It will take further study to figure out the exact effects of this astronomical event on our health and well-being. If you notice yourself feeling differently around the time of a full moon, consider keeping a log of your moods and activities to see if you can find any connection.
The Effect On Blood Pressure.
The effect of the moon on blood pressure is not conclusive. Some studies have found no change in blood pressure, while others have found that it can either increase or decrease depending on the individual and their conditions.
The full moon does have an effect on your sleep though: some studies have shown that there's less deep sleep and a delay in entering into REM sleep during this lunar phase. It also seems like there's an increase in heart rate variability during this time, which is usually seen as a protective mechanism against sudden cardiac arrest events. However, this may not be true for all people with all cardiovascular conditions; more research needs to be done. Additionally, because the mechanisms behind these findings are still unclear, it's hard to know what long-term effects those changes might have. More studies will help answer those questions.
Another potential explanation for why people experience different reactions could be attributed to something called seasonal living, meaning that seasonal variations can lead us to interpret new stimuli differently. So if you live in Maine, you're likely going to go through changes from season to season when considering factors such as length of daylight, temperature shifts, and precipitation rates. That said, most scientists agree that much more research needs to be conducted before we're able to fully understand how external stimuli (in this case, being a full moon) affect human physiology.