Have you ever had one of those days when, even though you know you’re not premenstrual, everyone seems to be irritating you and you find yourself being bothered at the slightest comment? Well, today has been one of those…Crazy with a capital ‘C’.
I have been rushing around as usual, but instead of getting my jobs done relatively quickly and mostly easily, everything has been chaotic and difficult to deal with. Adding to this is my complete lack of ability to stay calm and my children’s ability to lose their shit at every turn.
I just thought it was a typical rubbish day and blamed it on a bit of hormonal loveliness, coupled with extra tiredness. That was until I had a conversation about the lunar cycle that really struck a chord with me (being a wannabe earth mother and a lover of all things spiritual, I was all ears). From what I was told, the moon could well be responsible for the general mood over the past few days, so off I popped to do a bit of research about the lunar effect (I am supposed to be packing to move house, but I am the queen of procrastination!)
Here are some of the ways the moon affects us… I am fascinated!
Tiredness: Feeling more tired than usual? That could be due to the extra light being omitted from the full moon. Many people find that the light of a full moon keeps them awake and it has been proved scientifically that we can lose up to 20 minutes sleep. This is definitely the case for us as we were camping at the weekend and the moon was so bright!
Emotions and stress: A lot of people note feeling emotional and stressed around the time of a full moon, but why?
Well, we know that the Moon’s gravitational pull has an effect on our tides. We also know that the moon’s phases coincide with biological rhythms in animal, plant and human life (being 70% water, it’s no wonder that we’re affected). For example, the Moon’s 29.5 day cycle matches with the average menstrual cycle.
It is believed that, in ancient times, when people lived in tribes and slept in groups, all women ovulated at the full moon and menstruated at the new moon. This phenomenon is often still apparent when women who live or work together find that their cycles match.
Often these days women are immune to the effects of the moon because of artificial hormones, processed foods and the use of sleep aids (eye masks and black out blinds). This can lead to fertility problems and irregular cycles. For anyone wanting to regulate an irregular cycle, you can Find out more here in this fascinating article.
Children’s behaviour: If research shows that the moon can affect our sleep time by up to 20 mins, it makes complete sense that our children are a little ratty around a full moon. Although there’s no scientific evidence specifically about the behaviour effects on kids, i’ve always noticed that my kids and animals are affected by it. I used to be a childminder and full moon days would be crazy. My dog is also out of sorts on a full moon.
Many teachers and nursery workers have also noted the changes in children on a full moon, and those in the medical profession say full moon nights always bring out the strangest behaviour, particularly in mental health patients. Indeed, the word lunatic comes from lunar.
My aunt who was a midwife also says that more babies tend to be born on a full moon.
So, between the tiredness, emotions running high, hormonal effects, fractious kids and tetchy pets, it’s no wonder I’ve noticed the full moon. From now on I am going to accept it with open arms and know that it will soon pass. It may sound a little far-fetched, but the more I learn, the more it seems apparent that the moon is really important. It also has a lot to answer for.
I am seriously fascinated by this and would love to hear your thoughts. Does the moon affect you and your family? Have you noticed changes in your mood? Your sleep pattern? Your pets? Please get in touch and tell me more.