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Can the moon influence your sleep? One study says yes

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Have you ever felt restless during a full moon? You may not be alone.

A new study in the journal Current Biology suggests people get less -- and lower quality -- sleep around the time of a full moon.

Participants in the study got an average of 20 minutes less sleep around full moons. Researchers also found that it took study participants about five minutes longer to fall asleep.

The amount of sleep was not the only thing affected by the full moon. Deep sleep also decreased about 30 percent compared to sleep during a new moon.

The number of participants in the study was relatively small, so researchers aren't sure if the results would apply to a wider population.

Read the complete study here: www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2813%2900754-9

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