Full Moon disturbs a good night’s sleep

Moon-Struck

“Even a man who’s pure at heart
and says his prayers by night
becomes a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms
and the moon is shining bright.”

Can you feel it?
Its grasping tendrils creeping through the night.
Not the light,
that full-moon’s shadowed face.
The other thing,
that atavistic force,
vein-coursing,
awakening the lycanthrope’s primeval curse;
those long-loping curs that prowl,
howling at the moon
full-bright.

Moon-struck,
lunatic,
asylum fodder,
tales of wizened wives.
Lives suspended by myth,
upended by fable, folklore, legend
where vestiges of truth lie dormant
waiting for the light.
Their mycelia leak
and haunt the night,
disturbing all who sleep
and ancient lore is proven right.

 

 

25th July 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “Full Moon ‘disturbs a good night’s sleep’.”  The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not ‘see’ the Moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase.”  A full moon can disturb a good night’s sleep, scientists believe.  Researchers found evidence of a “lunar influence” in a study of 33 volunteers sleeping in tightly controlled laboratory conditions.  Reportedly,  “there is a such a strong cultural story around the full moon that it would not be surprising if it has an effect.  It’s one of these folk things that you would suspect has a germ of truth.  It’s up to science now to find out what’s the cause of why we might sleep differently when there’s a full Moon.”

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