Are You Full-Moon Sleepless?

The science behind the lunar effect on your slumber

Ashley Abramson
Elemental
Published in
5 min readJan 20, 2020

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Illustration: Haleigh Mun

FFor centuries, people have attributed all kinds of abnormal behaviors to the moon. The so-called “lunar effect” has been linked to changes in women’s menstrual cycles, induction of labor, and even aggressive behavior and psychosis. (The term “lunatic” is derived from a Latin word meaning “moonstruck.”) Insomnia or a bit of extra…

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Ashley Abramson
Elemental

Writer-mom hybrid. Health & psychology stories in NYT, WaPo, Allure, Real Simple, & more.