Sleep struggles regularly affect many of us, and now a new study has revealed that the moon may be to blame for these issues – particularly if you’re a man.
Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden monitored sleep among both men and women, at opposite sides of the lunar cycle.
More than 800 participants were assessed as they slept, either during the waxing moon (when the amount of illumination on the moon is increasing) or a waning moon (when its visible surface area is getting smaller).
The researchers found that both men and women slept worse during the waxing moon than the waning moon.
However, this effect was particularly pronounced in men, according to the team.
It’s likely human brains respond to moonlight when the…