THE MOON IS AFFECTING OUR SLEEP?
I would bet that most dental practices could make the comment “Is it a full moon or what”? One of those days where everything we do couldn’t go worse or the patients we treat seem to be from a different planet!
We’ve all heard how some people become lunatics during a full moon but the truth is, we are all affected by the moon in one way or another. The moon has fascinated the humans for the last few centuries and our fascination came to a point to make it possible for men to step on the moon. What not everyone knows is our bodies synchronize to its phases, especially with women whose menstrual cycle align to the rhythms of the moon and with epileptics whose seizures are more likely to happen during new moon. There are also some who find it harder to get some shuteye and remain asleep during a full moon and when they do get a chance to get the required number of sleep hours, they still feel sluggish and out of energy in the morning. To confirm if these claims are true, investigators from the Switzerland Centre for Sleep Medicine gathered a population of 33 volunteers to sleep in the lab. Data was obtained on EEG, melatonin levels, time to fall asleep/remain in deep sleep and how they feel the next day. Results show that volunteers had a hard time getting some sleep and stayed 20 minutes less in deep sleep during a full moon, without them even being aware of the lunar cycle, which is consistent with claims prior the study.
This information provides data that would explain some of the mysterious behavior patterns we all seem to encounter during a “full moon”! Most of us have experienced a bad nights sleep leading to the following day filled with any type of “power drink” we can get our hands on as well as a desire to “carb load” our tired bodies. Not to mention our cranky attitude! Perhaps with this information dental practices can have a better understanding and explanation of our patient’s behavior during the next “full moon”! It may not make for a smoother day in the practice but may hopefully assist us in being more tolerant of the situation!
Dr. Tucker has maintained a private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania since 1982. He is a graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Tucker has a special interest in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and has been actively treating patients in the Tri-State Erie area for the past 5 years. He is knowledgeable of various oral appliance designs, thereby enabling an individualized treatment for each patient. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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