Does the Moon Impact Your Sleep?

by | Sep 5, 2020

Written by Sarah Cornforth

Sarah Cornforth, The Magickal Creatrix is a UK artist and Moon addict with a love of the natural world. Other obsessions include hoarding tarot and oracle cards, creative journaling and making magick. At some point in her future there will be Llama's!


Inside this article, I talk about the relationship between how you sleep and the energy of the Moon

We take a look at:

  • Does the Moon Impact Your Sleep?
  • Why you Should Track Your Sleep and the Moon Together
  • My Moon Sleep Tracker
  • What Do the Scientists Say About the Moon and Sleep? 
  • Why Does the Moon Impact Sleep?
  • The Mega Moon Intensive

Sleep is the best meditation

Dalai Lama


Welcome to the Magickal Moments Podcast. Check out my episode on how to track how the Moon impacts your sleep.

Does the Moon Impact Your Sleep?

Have you noticed any patterns between the Moon and how well you sleep? 

Maybe at the Full Moon you are energised, restless and have trouble getting off to sleep. 

Or, you could be the opposite and find that the Full Moon energy gives you the best nights sleep of the cycle! 

There is no right or wrong answer to this as everyone is different.

You may also notice that the patterns between your sleep and the lunar cycles only apply to some and not all Full Moons or New Moons, and that’s okay too as every Moon is different.

There are a few things to consider when looking at sleep and the Moon:

  • The phase of the Moon
  • The sign of the zodiac influencing the Moon’s energy
  • Other significant planetary relationships
  • Life events
  • Physical and mental health.

Even with all of these factors to consider we can still glean lots of information about ourselves and our sleep patterns from working with the phases alone.

Let’s take a look.

Why you Should Track Your Sleep and the Moon Together

If you want to see the patterns in your life and make better decisions and choices based on these patterns, then you need to track what you’re doing.

I track my sleep using a sleep tracking app which is connected to a sports watch, however, if you don’t have this available, don’t worry as making a note of the approximate time you go to bed, fall asleep and wake up will give you plenty of data to get you started.

Inside the Mega Moon Intensive, sleep is just one of the things I show members how to track. We also look at mood, motivation, energy and productivity too. The next start date for this eight-week online course is 14th September with a limited number of places available. JOIN TODAY

In the above image, you can see a couple of charts I’ve created for July and August which track my total sleep hours, deep sleep hours and the phases of the Moon to see highlight the patterns they show.

I can see in July (above image) around the Full Moon my total number of hours sleep reduced. And a few days later the quality of my sleep reduced. This extended period of poor sleep quality meant I had a few challenging days as far as energy, mood and motivation were concerned. And I can see from my journal entries that this was the case.

Around the New Moon, my sleep time reduced but didn’t go below the red line which is where I’ve marked my minimum requirement of 7 hours. However, although I slept less the quality of my sleep was increased with a greater proportion of deep sleep. This extra quality sleep meant I didn’t need to actually be in bed sleeping for as long.

What does this all mean?

At first, this probably doesn’t tell you a great deal other than what you may already know about your sleep. But as you track your sleep each month you begin to see patterns arise.

Also, over time it is worth adding extra information into your tracking to show life events and other significant observations to really drill down on your personal lunar cycles.

We go through all of this in much more details inside The Mega Moon Intensive which starts on 14th September 2020. Join Today.

Does the Moon affect your sleep? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this article. 

What Do the Scientists Say About the Moon and Sleep?

A Swiss study showed that there was a significant sleep disruption during the time immediately surrounding the Full Moon taking people longer to fall asleep on the night of the Full Moon. It was also shown that less time was sleep in the deep sleep phase of the sleep cycle at this time.

A Danish study of 675 children aged 8 to 11 showed that kids slept longer around the Full Moon while a separate study of 319 adults showed they slept less.

A 2013 study, known as the Cajochen Study provided some really compelling data of 33 adults who were monitored over a period of three years and it was found that it took longer to fall asleep on a Full Moon and there was a reduction in sleep efficiency and length.

We can see that there is data to show patterns of sleep disturbance during the Full Moon from multiple experiments (more than those mentioned above), but why is the Moon impacting sleep and what does it mean for us?

Why Does the Moon Impact Sleep?

Our internal body clock has a 24 hour cycle known as the Circadian Rythm, this runs in the background to keep all the essential stuff working as it should and the sleep-wake cycle is part of this Circadian Rythm. When we have sleep issues something is interrupting this rhythm and the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin which makes it harder to sleep. It has been suggested that the light exposure from the Full Moon and the lighter night sky impacts the production of melatonin and therefore the quality of our sleep.  Dr. Alon Avidan, a neurology professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, says moonlight exposure in the hours before bedtime could theoretically disrupt a person’s circadian rhythm.

This is just one potential biological reason for the relationship between sleep and the Moon but nothing has been proven outright and the results of experiments have been very hard to replicate. 

Is it possible that we are just connected to the lunar cycles on a deeper level? 

We know that the Moon controls the tides of our oceans due to the gravitational pull from the Moon on the Earth and humans are made up around 70% water so could it be possible that the human body is affected by the lunar phases on the same way as well?

In the realm of astrology, it is believed that the Moon affects the water of the planet and the water inside of us all with the changes impacting emotions, energy, mood and sleep.

Here’s a list of some of the sleep-related changes people often experience during a Full Moon 

  • Less deep sleep which means feeling less rested the next day
  • Struggle to get off to sleep reducing the time available to sleep before getting up the next day
  • Vivid dreaming which can interrupt a good nights sleep
  • Restless sleep and spending more time in a light sleep or tossing and turning
  • Don’t need as much sleep and manage the day on less than usual
  • Find it hard to get up in the morning due to low energy and mood.

In Summary

It doesn’t really matter if there is concrete scientific data or not, as the complexity of the lunar energies and how to measure its impact on the human mind and body are still not readily available to us.

Instead, I recommend that you work with your own personal cycles, influences and results to learn more about who you are and how the Moon impacts you in your daily life.

The Mega Moon Intensive

On 14th September 2020, I will be running The Mega Moon Intensive for the second and final time this year. 

The Mega Moon Intensive is an online eight-week programme that provides you with a structure to do the internal work while tracking the results so that you can make positive future decisions and choices as you work towards your goals and dreams. 

Inside the programme we use: 

  • The themes and energy of the lunar cycle to provide the structure and themes for our journey
  • A tracking system similar to bullet journaling to log information and identify patterns and details we would otherwise miss
  • A process of mini daily journaling to explore feelings and emotions in real-time
  • And then we bring this all together in something I call the Mega Moon Map where you learn more about yourself in eight weeks than you have all year so far!

There are a limited number of places available as I like to keep the group small and intimate for better results. And I’m hanging out in the private Facebook group and a members area with you every step of the way. 

Every week for eight weeks you get access to new membership content in the form of videos and downloads, a live event to guide and support your journey, exercises and challenges to keep you moving forward and a supportive community to boost motivation and inspiration along the way. 

To find out more and join today just click the link below. 

What comes up for you with this one?

Does the Moon affect your sleep? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this article. 

Sarah x

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