The full moon has been related to different kinds of superstition and bad sleeping habits for children. Hence, a team of international research team conducted a study to see if moon phases affect the sleep pattern of the kids.
Moon Phases And Children
According to Psych Central News, the researchers investigated if the moon phases make any distinctions in children's everyday doings and the result is none. They believed that children are more prone to behavioral changes and they need more sleep compared to adults.
"We considered that performing this research on children would be particularly more relevant," Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, from the Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Canada said. To prove the authenticity of the claim, a group of researchers examined 5,812 children from different continents.
The study published in Frontiers in Pediatrics lasted for 28 months, which corresponded to the same time of moon phases. It goes from a full moon, half moon and new moon.
The Negative Effect Of Moon Phases
However, the only negative effect of the full moon in children's sleep is its brightness that can come into their rooms especially if their curtains didn't fully cover their windows. "[S]leep duration was 1 percent shorter at full moon compared to the new moon," the researchers revealed, Tech Times reported.
Moon phases may just result in five minutes lesser sleep that really didn't affect the kids' behavior. The researchers explained that their study has a "solid evidence" that the connection of moon phases to children's sleeping habit and behavior didn't really coincide by looking to the public health's standpoint.
Superstition In The Early Days
The superstition relating moon phases to behavior have been long believed since the Ancient Greek times. In the early days, it is believed that moon's gravitational force takes its toll on the people's mind, The Australian cited.
Dr. Chaput cleared that the only impact affecting one's brain are genes, education and earnings. Moreover, the researchers assumed that their study will not be that effective to end the connection of moon phases to behavior.
They clarified that further research should be done to verify if the moon phases really have its effects on humans. It has been known animals' behavior and activities depend on the lunar cycles.
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