Current Biology에 매달 보름을 전후해서 숙면을 취하지 못하는 경우가 많아진다는 (하지만 아무도 왜 그런지 모른다는) 흥미로운 연구가 발표되었습니다. 과학과 ‘미신’이 만나는 지점이 더 많아졌으면 좋겠네요.
“A new study finds that around the full moon humans get less shut-eye and their slumber is not as deep, even if sleep is restricted to windowless rooms free of environmental and time-based cues—such as those found in a sleep lab. The findings, published today in Current Biology, suggest that restful sleep takes a hit during a full moon as well as a few days before and after the phase. Still, no one has any idea why that would occur or what biological mechanism could be at work.”