Does a full moon actually affect people’s behavior?

- Asks Sue from Long Island, N.Y.

Is the moon making us crazy? [Credit: Stelios Kiousis.]
By | Posted March 31, 2008
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I admit that New Yorkers are not known for their superior driving ability, but on this one night the drivers seemed especially erratic. People kept cutting me off. One guy sped right through a red light, barely missing a collision with the crossing traffic. And some genius, perhaps British but probably not, forgot that in this country we drive on the right side of the road.

I thought about what made this night particularly favorable for lunatic drivers compared to any other. It wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s or very late at night, so drunk driving didn’t seem to fit. Only when I got out of my car and looked up did I conceive a possible explanation: the full moon.

The legend of the full moon’s effects on human behavior has existed for centuries, popularized by the myth of the werewolf. The words “lunacy” and “lunatic” are derived from the same Latin root that gives us the word “lunar,” as people often attributed intermittent insanity to the phases of the moon. While many people believe the full moon influences behavior, scientific studies have found very little evidence supporting the “Lunar Effect.”

In 1978, University of Miami psychologist Arnold Lieber wrote the book The Lunar Effect: Biological Tides and Human Emotions. He argued that the moon influences day-to-day behavior and concluded that homicides increased during the full moon after analyzing Miami’s crime records. Similar crime studies during that same time period, however, found no such relationship.

Then, in 1986, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada combined the results of about 100 studies and found “no causal relationship between lunar phenomena and human behavior.” They discovered statistical flaws in many of the papers that claimed to find such a link. They even reanalyzed Lieber’s homicide data and found no correlation.

More recently, numerous studies have been conducted by intrigued researchers, with most attempts to blame the moon for everything from suicides to vomiting after surgery coming up empty.

So with all this evidence to the contrary, what makes the full moon lunacy theory still so popular? Perhaps it’s the media, who know people are more likely to read a crime story if some police officer blames it on the moon. Or maybe people just want to hold onto an urban legend that’s been around for hundreds of years.

A more scientific answer may be selective memory. If some bizarre murder or car accident occurs, people are probably more likely to remember it if it happened during the night of a full moon.

After reading up on some studies — including one from the authority on this topic, the University of Saskatchewan — I’ve decided that the full moon was not responsible for my experience on the road that night. Perhaps I selectively forgot the thousands of other times I encountered lunatic motorists. Though I have no scientific evidence to prove it (just years of experience), I’m going with the theory that New Yorkers are just really bad drivers.

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  1. I was trying to think of an interesting project for this year’s science fair. My dad and I had just gotten out of our pool on a clear night with a full moon. Obviously, I’ve heard plenty of urban legends (like anyone else, I would think)and I asked him why people think it has magical effects on people. I was interested to find some info. on it. Your’s was the first thing I pulled up. I agree. It affects tides, not people!

    Jade H., September 26, 2008 at 1:39 am
  2. Well, I think the full moon has an effect on people who are mentally and emotionally unstable. I’ve concluded (with no scientific research of course) that since the full moon affects the tides, and humans are mostly water, that it only makes sense that it affects us. I can say from experience that it does not affect the general population, yet it does have an effect on people who are less stable.. Working at a psychiatric hospital, I see this often.. Let me know what you think :)

    Nursey, October 17, 2008 at 5:31 am
  3. I think the moon might affect certain people that might be emotianaly unbalance or unstable at a certain time of their life due. The moon might affect the endocrynological system or generate hormonal inbalances. But this is a personal hypothesis based on my own personal experience following moon cyles and my emotional state.

    Alan C., November 28, 2008 at 3:12 am
  4. Nursey, you clearly don’t understand anything about how tides work. It isn’t the water that is affected – tides also occur in rock (at smaller level, because rock is much more viscous). The sun raises tides on earth, too, at about half the level that the moon does. The reason tides are higher at full (and new!) moon is that they are in phase with the sun’s tides, not because the moon is full.

    Here’s the surprising thing – the moon is all there all the time, regardless of how much we can see of it – how much is illuminated by the sun.

    Andy, December 7, 2008 at 5:01 am
  5. I truly believe that it effects those that are bipolar. I have a son that is bipolar (he is 18 now) and I always know that he will be really bizaar when there is a full moon. He’s not homicidal…just does strange things. He is irrational too. Yes, he has mood swings a lot, but, they are very different during a full moon.
    That’s my two cents.

    Mom, December 12, 2008 at 3:48 pm
  6. Its called confirmation bias.

    sam, February 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm
  7. How come, on days of a full moon, most people I’m around are in a aggravated mood, having a bad day, or are just not quite themselves..? It is always that way on a night of a full moon, or in my opinion it is.

    Emma, February 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm
  8. I have never noticed changes in people during a full moon. however that may have something to do with the fact that i dont pay that much attentions to others during a full moon. all i can say is i believe that the moon effects individual in different ways. what i mean is its all psycological.i cant say for everyone how people react at the occurence of a full moon. i can only state my own reactions to it.In the 17 years i have been alive i have noticed that when there is a full moon i seem to feel more at peace with life when i look up upon it. i always end up feeling calm or in a good mood, but this is during any phase of the moon. sure when its full its more beautiful and eye catching but thats all that is different then during any other time.i do however notice that when its a new moon or when i cant seem to locate it in the sky i become sad but why this is probably has nothing to do with the moon.this is just my opinion on the subject. i do not wish my statement to change the views of others and i do not think that it is something that can be scientifically proven. After all i am only 17 years old and still in high school. what do i know.

    neshia, February 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm
  9. I believe in what most of you seem to believe in. Each person is affected differently by the moon. It may be the sun that affects the tides but then why wouldnt it affect us the same way. It doesnt have to be because the moon is full. but that the sun’s tides are inline. I think people get aggitated because of the superstitions but it does seem to affect people who are unbalanced such as the boy who is bipolar. whether it calms someone or makes them have a bad day….that is something isnt it. That is having an affect on that person’s life…no matter if they have a disease or not.

    gimpy, February 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm
  10. I believe that the moon has an affect on people who are aware of their connection to the energy of it. Those who don’t understand that connection, react negatively to it. Those who do understand it and are humbled by it, simply stare in awe of it as it supposedly creates havoc on those that are oblivious. This energy is and can be neither good nor bad, collectively. I think that the moon, in all of its power encompassing gravity, has an inspiring effect, not the opposite.

    Tonya, March 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm
  11. For the longest time I didn’t understand why some nights I just didn’t feel the need to sleep. I would sleep may an hour or two and awake refreshed and full of energy. Someone told me it was the full moon but I was very skeptical. The next time it happened I checked and it was on a full moon. I couldn’t believe it! I have a co-worker who experiences the same issues. I don’t feel homicidal or anything, I just have all this unexplained energy. As I have grown older I have noticed other things also such as strange stomach sensations and my heart rate changes on these nights. It’s strange but it only happens when there is a full moon. I’m not on any meds and I don’t even take vitamin supplements.

    Puzzled, March 11, 2009 at 9:29 am
  12. I believe that the moon has subtle affects on the human body. It’s silly to think that something that has such a strong effect on the tides–being that effect directed towards rock or otherwise–doesn’t also affect human beings.
    I believe that small psychological behaviors sprout up during different phases of the moon. I believe that when we’re in the womb it’s possible that the location of the moon may have a small, unmeasurable constitution in the way we psychologically behave after birth–our innate natures, perhaps. Of course, this is just my hypothesis; you could do thousands of inconclusive studies going either way. That’s the beauty of having an opinion.
    I’ve noticed from personal experience that I do things that are out of character on full moon nights. Usually, my moods are erratic and my day is always quite unusual. The funny thing is that I’ll be thinking this all day on a full moon night without even realizing the state of the lunar cycle.
    This is definitely a fun speculation that has always fascinated me.

    Jenna, March 17, 2009 at 3:02 am
  13. i hate you

    austin, April 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm
  14. I used to be a nurse and worked nights. When there was a full moon the patients would be really wrestless and not be able to sleep. I do believe that the full moon does affect peoples psyche.

    LoriG, April 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm
  15. I am not sure if it was all Native American tribes . . .but the women of the tribes had a place called the “Moon Lodge”. It was where they went during their time of menses. Why do you suppose they called it a moon lodge?

    Annie, April 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm
  16. Repond to “Puzzled”.

    Its weird that you mention cant sleeping during a full moon. I use to notice it too that some nights I cant sleep well. So when I was around 25yrs old, it just suddenly hit that on the nights I cant sleep, I always see the moon. I told my husband about the weird coincidence and he thought I was crazy. It would go on & on each month and on a FULL moon I could never sleep well. So at about 30 yrs old, I decided to do some research on the internet. I was surprised to find out that a lot of people also have the same experiences then I did not feel alone.

    Goddess, May 9, 2009 at 11:41 pm
  17. I personally believe there is some truth to the myth that the full moon effects people’s moods and behavior. I have experienced this myself. I always know when there is a full moon even without knowing it by a calendar. I have so much energy and can’t seem to quit talking and laughing and my sexual interest is greatly intensified as well as other sexual bodily functions. My family thinks I am crazy, but I know what I feel. My husband is beginning to believe me after some years of marriage. I have a grandbaby due on the 3rd of this month and I have my bet that it is born on the full moon which is the 4th. We’ll have to wait and see!

    Kristi, August 31, 2009 at 9:34 pm
  18. My daughter is very intuitive. She seems to sense things before it happens. She has been like this since she was little and is now 45. On a full moon when she leaves a store, the door alarms go off. She says she feels a magnetism on the full moon days.

    Barb, September 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm
  19. Well, i have a different take on this subject. Statistically it has no affects. However, i believe its more of a mental issue. If a person bellieves something will affect them chances are it will. They will find a common ground just vaugue enough for they’re theory, of believeing the moon has affects, to seem as reality. Almost as a horoscope.

    Amanda, September 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm
  20. I must say, all of you saying there’s no evidence have obviously never had an honest days work with the public under your belt. I’ve been a barber for a little over 3 years now, and I can absolutely say that the full moon 100% effects people.

    I see 100’s of people each week in my profession, and while I do admit there are always a few odd ones in the bunch, I can tell when it’s a full moon without ever paying attention to the calendar or the cycle of the moon. Every. Single. Time.

    On the days that it’s a full moon, my morning starts out with a few of our regular customers, but then all of a sudden we have strangers. And not just strangers, but STRANGE strangers. I live in a small town, so strangers are pretty rare in the first place when you know and remember just about every single one of your clients and know a lot of them by name. Full moon days bring in strange people, nomadic in nature. Behavior can include anything from alcoholic tremors, to retardation, to sexual perverts, to racists, anything you can think of. Most common in these full moon “lunatics” is also a lack of proper hygiene. I swear, these people must never touch water. Ever. When a lot of these strangers are coming in back to back, I smile to myself and think “full moon,” check the calendar, and I swear to god I’m never wrong. Well, one exception, New Moons can also stir up people’s heads a bit. Sometimes I can think it’s a full moon but it’ll be a new moon instead.

    So yes, the moon is always there, but there’s something more to it. You can call it “bias confirmation” and I can call you a dumbass. I’ve had three years of case study and probably will have another 57 more on top of it (barber’s don’t retire until they die, sadly, and with this economy, yeah). This is assuming that some full moon lunatic doesn’t kill me before that time is up.

    A few of my most extreme full moon examples: Last full moon we had, a woman put her head under her husbands cape (he was caped up for a haircut) and acted like she was giving him.. a good time. Also, one time, a man told me clowns were staring at us from outside. Clowns named “Trevor.” Obviously, there was nothing there. I hope.

    – Oster

    Oster, September 12, 2009 at 10:28 am
  21. We live in daily cycles. The Moon phases are a part of Nature.
    There are four major phases of the Moon. Look at your calender if the phases are listed. The New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, and Last Quarter
    There are by nature two weeks of receiving energy called waxing. There are two weeks of energy releasing form our bodies called wanning. If you think of boiling water, it slowly gets hot until it reaches the boiling point. The boiling point gives rise to evaporation because water can not boil above a certain temperature. Your bodies boiling point is at the Full Moon phase.
    Your body will not evaporate so the Moons energy stops producing that type of lunar energy. The body starts to release the energy until it reaches the New moon phase. By nature we are affected by the Moon. Spell the word Moon and remove the the last letter n and replace it with d. Yes you have Mood Changes.
    The Moon is a very powerful force of nature don’t sleep on it.

    Darrick, October 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm
  22. Spend some time in an elementary school classroom on a full moon day.

    no doubts in my mind.

    Kristi, November 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm
  23. Okay, okay. We might not all believe about the effects on Full moon. But this is a real personal experince, that ONLY happens on full moon. I’ve recored it in a notebook, too. EVERY full moon, I cna’t fall asleep until sometime between 12 midnight and 2:30 AM. It’s never any other night just full moon. Who knows, maybe it’s just me or the full moon. Or just because I have the oh-so gifted 6th sense. I have no clue.

    Justice, December 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm
  24. About once a month my husband becomes irrational, moody and argumentative. I’ve kept track of these occurances on my calendar for several years, and they all correspond to the full moon. I didn’t believe it at first myself. I haven’t told him about this (he wouldn’t believe me) so it can’t be due to ‘bias confirmation’. Seems to me now that there must be some grain of truth behind all the folklore.

    Cynthia, January 1, 2010 at 4:47 am
  25. I find it odd why main-stream science is desperately trying to disprove the notion that full moon influences people, while at the same time admitting there is “very little evidence”? So there is evidence?

    P.S. Guess what, it’s full moon now :)

    Sven, January 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm
  26. scientifically speaking i can not give evidence on how full moons effect the minds and behavior of normal or consider unstable..but from a teachers prospective, when i worked in the school system teachers were always saying, it must be a full moon because the classrooms were more disruptive and the children were much more “wired”…we (my 13 year old son and a group of his friends) had a new years eve party this year..and it was interrupted by a spirit just before midnight…full moon or even a blue moon at that, i don’t know but i had a house full of very scared children! i have also heard from policemen that crime and incidents occur more on a full moon…you can argue the criminal minds have behavioral issues but what about the students…and our incident? animals also act differently during a full moon…i do think there is too much that happens to discount the fact that full moons do effect many aspects of people and not just those who are challenged

    Lisa Davis, January 11, 2010 at 4:43 am
  27. oh and obgyns also say more women go into labor during full moons! there was a study done on a university dorm hall that was to detect the girls menstrual cycles..the study concluded that women just being in the same general facility of others eventually change their dates of their menstrual cycles…also that was common in the school…and my best friends..the more women i was around on a daily or regular basis…our cycles would end up being right there together…i don’t follow horoscopes but those are also based upon the moon under which your born..and even though i don’t follow horoscopes..the zodiac profiles are so in keen with personalities that when i was in high school i could meet a stranger and guess their birthdays within 7 days of the date of their birthdays…and this is just through common conversation…. i’m sorry but i think we are much too skeptical of the unexplained and just not open minded at the years what has become apart of legends…eventually i think if there wasn’t some truth about things…it would just disappear…i think that is one of the reason’s that mental illness and certain behaviors are often more effected than what we call stable or normal…because we find and look for reason to say this has happened we seem to need understand..and it there is no logic to what has happened …i don’t think we nor anyone really understands the dynamics that not only control our actions, thoughts and experiences but seriously we only use a very very small percentage of our brains and those who use a higher amount we can’t even phantom what type of things we’d be capable of doing or achieving

    Lisa Davis, January 11, 2010 at 5:02 am
  28. I used to work in a salon and it never failed that after a strange day with some of the clients at some point I would notice that there was a full moon. I was not looking for a full moon so I know my observation was not influenced by that knowledge. I’m not a scientist but as a regular joe I have noticed strange behavior with people and then saw that it had been a full moon. I also noticed that when my 11 year old daughter was a baby she seemed more restless on nights that it was a full moon. I began noticing this pattern when she was about 4 months old. The nights that she fussed the most were always the brightest due to a full moon. I was able to predict this behavior and adjust to it just by looking to see when the next full moon would be. Just my own observations. I think that there are things that happened during a full moon that I just can’t chalk up to something else.

    Kristen, February 23, 2010 at 9:40 am
  29. really the full moon affects me badly when the full moon appears it makes me in a bad mood and expecting horrible problem and it does happen i don’t know what to do i started to wait the full moon and really afraid of the days

    shereen, March 1, 2010 at 8:23 am
  30. it seems overwhelming, lots of people are recording their anecdotal evidence here that a full moon effects alot of people. maybe not all, but alot! i definitely get alot of the same effects – more energy, less sleep, i get very fiery and talk a mile a minute to anyone who will listen. i’m sure people think i am a bit nutty sometimes – maybe i should wear a warning sign during a full moon!

    Lee, March 3, 2010 at 3:15 am
  31. I too am sceptical about the things I cannot understand or have not experienced, but I am beginning to think the full moon and effect on moods is too obvious to just brush away. I have experienced many of the above mentioned, less sleep, becoming emotional, moody, quiet, headache’s. Some sceptics or scientists would point this to just my character but I am of a normal, happy, outgoing nature. I have recently realised that these ‘out of character’ experiences only apply when there’s a full moon and I don’t see it is a full moon until after the event. It is only these past few months that I began connecting the two. One particular day I was in a quiet mood all day, I new it but just couldn’t change it, nothing had happened to provoke it. On speaking to friends that night, one male admitted he was in a terrible mood and for no good reason and a girlfriend said she had been a terrible b**** that night and didn’t know why, these people are normally easy going and I was surprised to hear this and yes there was a full moon. I know this is not scientific evidence or proof of anything, but we have to wonder at the power of nature, don’t we?

    Sue Bradbury, March 4, 2010 at 11:56 am
  32. responding to comment number 2 by nursery, although our bodies are mostly water science has proven that the moon only affects open bodies of water and not water that is enclosed somehow.

    sindrek8, March 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm
  33. The full moon definetly effects myself and
    the people around me. I think the colder the
    weather the worse the effects are from the
    full moon. It starts about 2-3 days before the
    full moon and lasts about 2-3 days after. I’ve
    found myself not booking any real important
    appointments around those days because of
    the paterens in the past. Im not a superstitious
    person either at all. My roomate just agreed
    with me that we shouldn’t answer the phone if
    his mom calls during the full because she
    won’t admit to it but it effects her too. AVOID, AVOID,
    AVOID! if anyone has any good suggestions
    on what to do on the full moon for safe activities
    get back to us one
    thing is for sure don’t do any crime at that time,
    or go on a first date it’s worth it to wait…peace

    Heidi whitehead, March 27, 2010 at 3:10 am
  34. I am here to tell you first hand that it effects my husband profoundly… we had an ah ha moment about 2 yrs ago .. his behavior was completely off the charts … he gets irritable, hateful, can’t think properly, … it’s crazy. I asked him.. do you think it is because of the full moon? He looked up at me and we both sat there in silence… since that day, I’ve charted the full moon for every month . and I will remind him that one is coming so he can “brace” himself. We even have his boss keeping an eye on the Full Moon cycle. She can now see changes in him at work due to the full moon. I just had a huge fight with him today.. he is being such a mean spirited person and I called my sister to cry. She said to me, “is it a full moon”? I was like, HELL…. I forgot to chart all the full moons for 2010. And I’ll be damned if there isn’t one coming this Tuesday, March 30th. His behavior changes aren’t on the EXACT day of the full moon… it’s always a week before… so this happening today and yesterday makes perfect sense. I will back this up to my dying day, because I live with it. It is very hard for the person who has to take the negative energy that the other person throws off during this period each month.


    The Wife, March 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm
  35. I don’t know about scientific studies but six of my eight children were delivered during a full moon. In addition I can’t sleep worth a darn when the moon is in its last waxing stages. I’m also more emotional and subject to stress – more likely to lose my temper or respond confrontationally. As some of you have written maybe it’s the emotionally unstable who respond to the moon or maybe (just maybe) there’s something to it. I don’t have to see the moon to know it’s full. Maybe science can’t explain everything any more than religion. Just call me moonstruck.

    Jean Brockman, March 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm
  36. The full moon affects us all, just in a different way. We seem to discount the fact that we dont truley dont know everything 100% about the moon, but then again there are alot of things we dont know everything about. All im saying is that the moon affects us all in a way that is never going to be explained, weather you believe it or not, there is something out there that is more powerful then all of us.

    PowerHouse, March 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm
  37. I believe the full moon does affect human/animal behavior. Just like the flutter of butterfly wings of the on the side of the world will cause an effect on to others the oposite side of the world.

    sl., March 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm
  38. I CAN’T SLEEP DURING FULL MOONS. Be closed minded if you want. This is what happens to me. If it doesn’t happen to you… good for you. This is just a question for people that share my problem- what was the phase of the moon when you were born? I just checked mine for November 4th 1979 and to my surprise- FULL MOON. Go to, type in your birthday and check the phase of the moon. If you can’t sleep during a full moon and your were born on one, let’s hear it.

    Mikey, April 3, 2010 at 3:10 am
  39. I’ve believed in the full moon effects on behavior for 37 years. I worked in a Colorado hospital right out of high school, where we staffed an extra person in the ER and on the psych unit every full moon, because it was always busier. I’ve worked in the retail business for 17 years, and I could chart the NEW MOON and the FULL MOON phases without even looking it up, by the behavior of customers. I keep the “Phases of the Moon” chart on my homepage so that my staff and I can brace ourselves for the onslaught of cranky customers for 2 or 3 days before and during those times. It’s very consistent. We’ve charted it!

    Renda, April 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm
  40. I definitely notice the subtle difference in my mood swings when there is a full moon. It struck me one night when I was feeling particularly mischievous a few years ago that it might be a full moon. I am an events promoter and ALWAYS avoid putting a night on a full moon if I want it to run relatively smoothly, bolts fall out of place where you least expect.

    On top of that I feel PMS-y, irritated and stressed out during full moons. I also grow hair on my palms ;) Anyway, when the moon is full, its hard not to think that this great big thing in the sky wouldn’t have an effect on us.

    Zoanda, April 28, 2010 at 9:38 am
  41. I was with chap for 3.5yrs and at least once a month he always seemed to cause an argument,my mum jokingly said it was because there was a full moon so I sniggered back until low and behold the follow full moon he deliberately caused an argument. It was such an unbelievable pattern that I started setting an alarm on my mobile for the full moons and when he started I was already armed and ready for his on slaught,I ignored his comments etc and no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t get a rise out of me.
    I would also like to agree with the comment regarding the full moon affecting people with mental health issuse. I used to work with folk with special needs/learning disablities and challenging behaviour and one of the RMHN’s told me that before the recidents of the domestic house I work in lived in and institutionalised setting of a hospital that without fail every full moon the people who were predisposed with challenging behaviour kicked off and became more agressive and physically abusive,those predisposed with say depression were more upset and less cooperative. They obviously had to document the patients behaviour and a pattern emerged…….every full moon!!

    Bev, April 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm
  42. My son has had a cancerous brain tumor,has had surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to treat it, and a severe stroke and bleed out of the tumor. I can always tell when a full moon is coming as he hears more voices, does stranger things, gets agitated and very anger,loses ther ability to recall words for his speech,etc. He was diagnosed 19 years ago and as his dementia and brain deterioates, the full moon affects do also. There must be a colrolation.

    Kathy, April 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm
  43. I’m prone to depression, and around the times of full moons I feel much more down than usual. As well as this I often feel lethargic, unable to concentrate and am much more prone to forget or lose things.

    Joel Carter, May 31, 2010 at 11:13 am
  44. Think and you will know……

    BiG ChinG$, June 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm
  45. For many years I never knew when there was a full moon, but Harbor View Hospital was always full. I always thought it was just an act and not real. I have moved across country and now I know it is real.
    Many times now I feel very strange and dont realize its a full moon until I look. Saturday june 26 I think I would have blown my brains out if I owned a gun, but lucky for me I dont have one. Sunday I looked on the calendar and it said luna yena and I should have known.
    I honestly think I could be locked up 3 floors below the basement with only food and no light and I could tell you exactly when the full moon is.

    William, June 30, 2010 at 12:26 am
  46. When my dad first left my mum, he warned me to stay in her good books when it was a full moon. I, of course, just laughed it off at first. But my God, I wish I had listened to him!! Most of the time my mum is a completely rational, calm and friendly women, but when it is a full moon she goes completely mad!! SHe turns into this irrational monster who flys of the handles about anything however small. Its got the stage where a couple of my friends have actually witnessed it and are generally scared of me being with her around that time, and they’re my male friends!I completely agree now that the full moon does affect people’s moods and wish more research could be done and show this to be true…then maybe some sort of cure could be found, as I don’t think I can take many more of my mother’s rages!haha. I don’t think people really understand/believe the whole “full moon effect” unless they have witnessed it for themselves. Come live in my house for a couple of months and you will be a true believer! Still gotta find it a amusing when once a month I will get a text from my dad “Its time. Try to stay out of her way or come to my house. Love Dad”!!

    Clare, August 2, 2010 at 3:13 am
  47. i look after my mother with dementia. every now and again her behaviour will get worse more confused cant sleep sees things mostly at night. i have now noticed there is a very real connection to the full moon and my mums behaviour. Anyone else noticed this!

    maria, August 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm
  48. I have to disagree. I believe a full moon does effect people, i think it just depends on how self aware you are. Everytime I have been outside during a full moon, i feel energized, a sort of charge. It’s hard to explain but i do, and it’s happened before I even realized it was a full moon. But it has become so familiar to me that when i feel it i instantly look up to see that it is in deed a full moon. There are probably more incidences of violence due to this because it’s sort of like an adrenaline rush.

    Renee, August 20, 2010 at 10:10 am
  49. I have discovered that if you stare into the moon, it will make you act stupid like me. I know because my dad told me.
    I was staring into the moon and started singing twinkle twinkle little star.
    So don’t stare into the moon, it can be dangerous.
    It will make you act stupid if your on a date!!!
    If you want to know if you will go really hyper or not hyper if you look at the moon then visit this site:

    Fern, August 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm
  50. I definitely have difficulty sleeping when there is a full moon, waking in the middle of the night feeling fully rested after only a couple of hours sleep.
    I went to after reading Mikey’s posting on April 3,2010, and the moon was in its “waning crescent moon” phase the day I was born. So much for that theory, at least in my case. Sure would like to know why, though.

    Bill, August 26, 2010 at 4:37 am
  51. ithink the full moon has an effect on sertan types of people

    milan, September 8, 2010 at 8:36 am
  52. I worked in a trauma unit of a major hospital for fifteen years. While there were plenty who believed in the ‘full moon effect,’ suicide attempts, broken necks from car crashes and other mayhem never showed a noticeable increase with a full moon.

    It may be important to note that a full moon makes for a more scenic outdoor night party of any kind.

    A moonlit night, by definition does not involve cloud cover. Don’t you suppose that far more couples are likely to go out for a walk under these conditions? Perhaps the tiny number that fall victim to crime or pedestrian catastrophe is offset by the night time crimes that occur under total darkness.

    If you live in a very rural area, the moonlit surroundings, which will allow you to drive without headlights will certainly make you feel different, but it’s probably lunar light, not special lunar spells of any kind.

    Trust the numbers. If you believe in the special moon powers, emotion probably supercedes facts at other points in your life, too.

    homebuilding, September 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm
  53. Well I’m a long distance truck driver and my co driver blames everyones attitudes on the full moons, and after awhile it was giving me a headache. I my self have experienced many odd things happening on nights of the full moons. However, I also have to note that as a driver I look forward to driving at night with a bright full moon as it’s much more light out and can see better. The first thing people seem to recognize is a full moon, and thus it must be the cause.
    It has been proven that the moon has no effect on our behaviour. I see this as being mans way of avoiding responsability, yet again. As for the theory that since the moon causes the tides to rise and fall, then it must do something to us. However by what means does the moon cause the tides to fall? Is it magic? Some ancient mystery that we have to yet discover? No. It was discoverd in 1687 by Sir Isaac Newton. Gravity. Tides are caused by the gravitational pull among the sun, moon, and earth. The size of the tides
    depends on where the sun and moon are in relation to the earth.
    So I think it’s time for people to start looking at people for the reason of the craziness. and realize themselves that it’s not the full moon, it’s just people in general.

    Mack, October 3, 2010 at 2:49 am
  54. I find that the moon does effect human behavior. When ever I am outside at night, in the moons presence I have a sudden surge or energy, I get the urge to sprint down my street, and just keep running. This sensation is especially strong when the moon is full, I don’t understand it, and I have been looking every where for an idea or answer.

    Jason Derribuss, October 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm
  55. Well we know that the moon has an effect on the tides in the ocean. are bodys are composed of about 60% or more of water it would make sense if the moon did have an effect on us

    J.Reyna, October 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm
  56. it must have some sort of affect but since the human body is 72% water.granted its contained in a body,but if the moon can move the sea im sure it can affect the 72% water content of a tiny human.even animals are affected.people need to get back to nature and realise the whole universes is interconnected.the whole solar system affects you in some way,just as earths forces affect you.humans are not immune to nature.

    santa claus, October 30, 2010 at 7:28 am
  57. IN response to “The wife”: My husband as well is affected by the moon. He gets so angry at me for one week at silly things that normally are not a problem. I get soooo deeply hurt the way he treats me during this week. Wouldn’t you know I did notice that its around the time of the full moon. I also swear by this and LIVE with it. I now will be prepared for the next one and stay out of the way! Also maybe let him know of it maybe he can tone himself down if he knows how rotten he is then. He’s a great guy otherwise! Wife, your not alone! hehe

    Mel smith, November 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm
  58. My son is autistic. I know he is affected negatively by the full moon. It only makes sense to me that a person affected by florescent lights might also be affected by the slight environmental changes of a full moon.

    autism mom, November 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm
  59. I don’t know about all of you who notice other effects during the full moon, but I’m convinced it’s mostly two reasons:
    One, people are affected by the amount of light they see. When they see more light at night, I believe it can certainly affect their behavior. It affects your circadian rhythym- when you feel tired and awake. It’s what makes you keep waking up early if you’re on a regular schedule- your internal clock. And it is, of course, harder to sleep when there is a bright light in your window. (Although if you have thick curtains it might be something else.)
    Two, women get their period on a cycle similar to that of the moon- a little less than a month. For hormonal reasons, they will act different during that time of the month. Their cycles somehow tend to sync so women who spend a lot of time together tend to be on the same cycle. With women making up half the population, of course that’s going to have an effect on everyone, even men who only might talk to them occasionally (ever noticed that one grumpy person can ruin your day?) It also accounts for when babies are born.

    Blaze, November 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm
  60. the thing is though i never notice the moon but when it is full moon i feel a bit happier some reason.Mind you i’m still in primary

    Bridie, November 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm
  61. my bros autistic so ill keep watch

    Bridie, November 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm
  62. Ask any cop or teacher and they will tell you that people go nuts during the full moon. I’ve been a dean/teacher at a NYC Intermediate School for almost 16 years. Children ABSOLUTELY misbehave more during the full moon. Its a fact.

    Dean, December 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm
  63. The fullmoon does indeed affect us. The same way the moon affects tides (water that is) it also affects OUR bodywater, since the body contains ~7o% water.
    Another thing are the magnetic fields that the moon enters (before its full) and stays in a couple of days before exiting (it takes a few days for it to exit). The power of those magnetic fields increase that time, and some of us can feel it even more then.

    These past few days ive been feeling rather strange: headaches, nausea, i was dizzy, and ive been in insomnia world. I was telling my friends how i wake up kinda tired from not being able to fall asleep. But when i go to bed at night, i dont feel tired at all, cant sleep – hence my insomnia period. I assumed that my body behavior had something to do with the fullmoon (it has been “fullmoon” period past few days), and i kinda got it confirmed after reading this line from a scientists article about the fullmoon vs human behavior:

    “Many people may feel wakeful at night with energy streaming through their body for the three days before full moon”

    We have more connection to the planets and universe itself and all other fields, parts and happenings up there, than we actually think. Kinda cool !! =)

    Dzeny, January 21, 2011 at 4:51 am
  64. Went to our local supermarket yesterday evening. The staff were crazy. Four shelf packers were horseplaying, almost bumping into our trolley. They were wrestling (playing)one was even running around with a knife. When we were in the fruit and veg department, we could still hear them going on like animals. When we came back that way, they huddled around us, shouting.We reported them to the shocked manager. When we were almost home, a car came tearing in the wrong direction up a one way street. Although it was dark, coutless seagulls were circling around, screeching. Then I realised the moon must be full. When I went outside later, a perfect full moon was hanging in the sky.

    As the moon’s energy has an effecton animals, I think people who aren’t rational get affected by La Luna.

    Snout, January 22, 2011 at 4:33 am
  65. It is one of those frustrating, hotly debated topics with no definitive answers. I, like many of the people who posted before me, regularly feel affected by the moon. For me it is usually a day or two before the actual full moon, i’m unusually energised, extremely positive, nothing fazes me. Then the following day, usually on the full moon itself, i’m muted, irritable, lacking energy. Usually i’m a level headed, balanced individual so the change is very noticeable. Though i don’t chart the full moon cycles, sure enough my moods match the moon every time. I’m not sure the effects are due to the moon affecting our bodily water content, perhaps it has something to do with the effects of prolonged illumination by the moon at night. I do know that i whole heartedly believe it effects me. I’m not sure i need a scientists report to accept it. We can’t all be crazy?!

    Mel, February 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm
  66. Its a scientist’s favorite game to prove any superstition wrong by taking test groups of selected, sane, competent people, who know they’re being tested for SOMETHING – even if its as vague as “behavioral studies”, and then observing them. There is an obvious and inherent flaw in this practice that only a rambling, self-deluded idiot couldn’t see. That’s utterly bunk, so that leaves the statistics. I am not sure where these scientists get their information, but I have two jobs and they both document and prove, without a doubt, that not only nights of the full moon, but the few days leading up to and after result in irrational and dangerous behavior.

    You see, my first job is with my uncle. At night, and occasionally during the day when they’re busy, I help my uncle pick up the deceased from hospitals, homes, and care facilities and ship them off to various mortuaries we are contracted out to. They do their thing, and we sometimes help with the funerals, but it allows them to focus on just their part without having to worry about picking anybody up. Without fail. Not from time to time, or with some frequency. WITHOUT fail, the days leading up to a full moon, and the days while it is waning, we pick up more deceased, steadily increasing/decreasing as related to the fullness of the moon, than ANY day where the moon is in any other phase. More specifically, on any given day throughout the month it is considered a busy night if we pick up three to five people. Most nights it is one person or nobody… Just to give you an idea of the size of our operation, we serve within a 150-mile radius of 10 different mortuaries in six cities – one of them the second largest in the state. Obviously we don’t get all of the “business,” but our numbers are consistent and we pull a clean profit for doing some very dirty work. Anyway, if we didn’t have full moons, it wouldn’t be a business worth having because that is the ONLY time we are able to make enough to pull a profit because on on those few days we can pick up anywhere from 10 to 20 a DAY. That means during a slow month that’s almost over if a full moon is waxing, that month, which may have only resulted in 10 jobs 3/4th’s of the way through, can easily turn into 100 pickups over a few days. Its exhausting work that requires an iron stomach at times, and there is no doubt in anyone’s that works for or with a mortuary, that the full moon phase means people are going to start dropping like flies.

    Obviously I need not say anymore, but my OTHER job is in internal IT Support and .NET Development. The development side has little to do with the public, but the IT side means I talk to my company’s 500 employees quite often. I’ve been here for about three years, and I’ve come to know them rather well. Most of them I won’t hear from for weeks UNTIL a full moon phase starts to kick in and then all of a sudden these semi-competent users turn into blubbering morons that forget their passwords, delete their files, COMPLETELY forget how to log in, and just generally can’t communicate over a phone enough to know what I’m saying or tell me what’s wrong. These are the toughest days to remain polite and I am thankful I am transferring out into full time development. Anyway, we have a strict ticketing system that logs all of this information and the frequency of, and it is also clear evidence to support that, when its not in a focus group and geared to meet a certain criteria, people act completely insane when there is a full moon. Hands down, screw your “science.”

    Thomas, February 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  67. @ Andy – You completely flubbed your explanation of the cause of tides.

    You said “It isn’t the water that is affected – tides also occur in rock (at smaller level, because rock is much more viscous). The sun raises tides on earth, too, at about half the level that the moon does. The reason tides are higher at full (and new!) moon is that they are in phase with the sun’s tides, not because the moon is full.
    Here’s the surprising thing – the moon is all there all the time, regardless of how much we can see of it – how much is illuminated by the sun.”

    Here is an accurate explanation:

    MS, March 7, 2011 at 2:16 am
  68. I have the greatest answer ever! The moon effects mostly Dyslexic people. The Theory behind it is that a Dyslexic person has both brains left & right to be the same size which gives off more nerons that goes up & around the membrane which makes them ADHD. Dyslexic people have more water in the brain. I have a deaf Dyslexic son who is almost 17 yrs.old & I can honestly say that the full moon effects him tremendously. It starts a few days before the full moon! I’ve worked with alot of special ed teachers and they say the kids act up all the time on a full moon. The kids who act up are mostly the special ed kids who are Dyslexic or have an emotional set back. If the world could understand the full moon like a women on PMS and be prepared, than there won’t be too many fights between a husband & wife! 1 week before a full moon & 1 week before a women’s period should be highlighted on a calender. Buy a calender that shows the moon cycles & it will help you to prepare you for kids, spouses, work, bosses & people on the bus or driving to work!! I have about 40 yrs. experience of observing the moon & how it effect people & animals too!! Aloha from Hawaii

    Ama, March 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm
  69. Here’s my two cents. The light of the moon is just a reflection of the sun rays right? maybe the reason everyone is so restless and more energetic is that the suns rays give off a chemical called serotonin. This chemical more or less “wakes you up/gives you energy”. Would it be so hard to believe that you are getting serotonin from the moons rays as well? That’s my two cents and i also notice myself sleeping less and acting in a different way(better in my opinion).

    Jeremy, March 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm
  70. and for the day time incident. you are getting bombarded with serotonin at night and at day when the suns out. usually you have the night with no exposure at all. with the full moon your getting a double dose so the chemical levels in your body are of course higher. again completely speculation and self opinion. =)

    Jeremy, March 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm
  71. BULLSHIT! Moon has effect on humans.

    Tomas, March 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm
  72. Oster I completely agree and have experienced this. When there is a full moon, we have strange customers and people Dont act themselves. Our bodies are 80% water and the moon effects bodies of water around the world so why wouldn’t it effect humans? Pay attention tomorrow March 19th, the moon is supposed to be the closest and fullest in 20 Years. Pay close attention to behaviors.

    Kasey, March 19, 2011 at 3:58 am
  73. I have been wondering about the tides. I mean, not only tides outside, but if there are tides within us. If we are made mostly of water, could it be that some tides inside are connected to the ones outside? Since the tides of the seas outside are connected to the wind which is connected to the sun and moon. So could the odd behavior be completely connected to the tides, winds,and moon? Do we even have tides inside us?
    I’m pretty thoughtful about this topic. I have found that at least once a month I don’t sleep as much and wake up. I usually want to look out my window once I suddenly become awake, but that could be because of something else. The moon must have SOMETHING to do with us. After all, I feel that the galaxy is part of me and I am part of it. Does the moon change our behavior for a very specific reason? It is said that there is a reason for everything. So what is the reason for odd behaviors connected to the moon? Are we playing an important role? Is it a natural instinct from ancient ancestors? Or does it exist to help those who need help feel alive?

    Larissa, April 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm
  74. i had experienced it personally.It affected my behaviour a lot on those near by days

    varadarajan, April 6, 2011 at 11:30 am
  75. I don’t have any theories regarding the affect the full moon has on humans but I have noticed on nights when the moon is full I get reall tired and groggy. It all kind of gets foggy from there and I often wake up in my backyard naked with no recollection of how I got there…. Anybody else experience this?

    spacemonkeyy, April 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm
  76. I must say that I do not get as much sleep as I need and feel tired. However, I don’t wake up in my backyard, unsure of how I came to be there, but I do get up and wander around when nobody else is up. I feel restless and uneasy, I never want to return to my bed during the walking, but walking around the house late at night helps. I must admit that I do sometimes walk out into my backyard and I am aware that I am doing so.

    Larissa, April 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  77. My observations of the full moon over the years are that two days before the full moon ,some people become angry and violent,one day before the full moon some people are suicidal and depressed.These are observations of myself as well.

    nathan, April 18, 2011 at 2:12 am
  78. I lived in Paris, France for over 2 decades and during that time regularly went to the fitness club 3-4 times a week. European customs, being different than those in the US, meant that there are no individual shower cabins at sporting facilities, but large communal shower rooms with 20 or more shower heads sticking out of the walls and all the guys showering in plain sight of each other.

    During these 20+ years, (and I will try to be as tactful here as possible), with absolutely no ‘sexual’ connotation whatsoever, every few weeks the normal calm shower environment with everyone nonchalantly chatting while soaping up, would become more silent as practically ALL the guys quietly faced the wall since they were all in a publicly embarrassing position. Upon noticing this, every time I would then go home and check the calendar and, bingo, it was the full moon. These where not isolated occasions, but a regular occurrence noted, and then verified, as always occurring at the full moon and at no other time.

    jj, April 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm
  79. I often find blood under my fingernails and large wolf-like footprints all around me whenever I have a full moon episode.. I am so scared… I must be sleep-walking.

    spacemonkeyy, April 19, 2011 at 6:44 am
  80. i do believe that your beavior is affected because it hapend tome, it was so afful i wanted to kill someone and eat them.

    Khristal, May 6, 2011 at 10:43 am
  81. Who are we to be so closed minded. I believe the moon can change the mood of a human being.if the moon can shift the wave of a tide why can’t it shift the mood of a human. We all should be open to all possibilities. I like to think the univers as mystical, because it is. We shouldn’t base what we believe in simply because of statistics. Someone should really study on the moon and the characteristics of the moon instead of beliving untrustorthy websites and statistics.

    Jada, June 5, 2011 at 2:41 am
  82. yesterday i coudln’t sleep very well, i was very nervous that i wake up, (i usually get up 6.30am )suddenly i started to fell asleep and i fall in my bed but i dream a terrifying nightmare i which i was death, i feel some possesed people manipulating my body, i saw a guinea pig black death who was digging in the ground it was in pieces i saw a person manipulating from the ground , i saw my brother acting very strangely and the people say that he was with the devil inside and he tried to pulling me stronly so i could’tn breath and talk anymore , i saw the bible too but my sister grabed it from the coach, i lake a someone try have my soul i some way i coudn’t wake up i was trying very hard to fight with that but when i achieve wake up i feel horrible, completely nervous,and whit a strong asleep i don’t know that happen to me yerterday, actually i feel strange and very worried.

    ELENA, June 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm
  83. I am actually a bit relieved and interested to have stumbled across this site and comment thread… i am in a relationship with someone who has a definite undiagnosed mental instability – i had started keeping track of his bizarre moods and truly extraordinary rants ( one of which was the near end to our relationship due to an increase in toll fees on the road separating our homes)The behavior can vary from strange tantrums all the way to suicide threats and so far two unfounded resignations from jobs… today we have had the beginnings of the latest episode,which i had started to note seem to be monthly, and i had started wondering whether men could have PMS cycles ( which god knows i have, but luckily not in sync with his) and for the first time i noticed the impending full moon and started to look it up… funny enough, i stumbled across a historical calendar, and would you know it – he was born on a full moon also… what do we think skeptics? ( i am scientific by nature and profession and am not sure i believe just yet – but the regularity of these occurrences are uncanny)

    nana, July 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm
  84. i work as a cna and with people that have mind disorders and when it is a full moon they go crazy the different types of dementia is the worst. They do not know anything forget even worse and do very very strange things and I have found that when the moon is not full they are not as bad and can function almost like normal and when I mean normal I mean to the standards of the disease that they are facing. they will never be normal but at least we as people who take care of them do not get hit or spit at. So in conclusion of the full moon I do very much believe that it does have an effect on humans.

    melinda, September 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm
  85. I’ve noticed that on full moon nights and days a friend and I act very srange and we have really bad days, I love my job and I do well at it but tonight I messed everything up I had to be coached! So a few months ago my friend and I were looking for reasons and proof that this may be what our behavior changes are coming from, then when we couldn’t find much we whent online and looked up the nights we were born and we were both born on full moon nights, weird I know but maybe there is some sort of a connection with the nights we were born and now every full moon were all wonky. I do believe it has an affect on people, it may be so small you don’t notice, it may be for different reasons and different ways, but how else can you explain bizzar behavior in people those specific nights?

    Brit, September 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm
  86. I think it does have an affect on humans because even I (sometimes) act differently. But that could just be because I think it’s because I’ve always made myself think that a full moon is for the werewolves… So then again that might be why I act like that. But my friends are the same. They act alot different than they normally do. And I should know. We hang out alot. So my conclusion is that the full moon does have an affect on humans.

    tabitha, October 10, 2011 at 10:03 am
  87. when the full moon is coming up I feel wired, uable to sleep,very energetic and jittery. It is not really a negative effect, I just notice a difference in myself, a surplus of energy. I find myself wanting to go for long walks at night and I take on tasks i’d lately put off.This last time it was espesially strong and I literally felt like I was going to jump right out of my skin. I’m not going to generalize and say that the full moon affects everyone but it certainly affects me. This has happened to me to many times to not notice that there might be a connection between the full moon and how I am feeling. The idea that being born on a full moon might play a role is very interesting. I will have to find out.

    June, October 11, 2011 at 12:04 am
  88. I’ve been getting tired the past couple of days so after what my teacher told my class about this, and finding out it is nearly a full moon, I’m gonna make a moon calender.

    Kim, November 9, 2011 at 11:40 am
  89. It most definitely affects me. I get really depressed yet highly agitated at the same time…definitely not a nice feeling at all! I feel really sorry for my husband who has to put up with this every month, too. I start to feel it about three or four days before the full moon and doesn’t go away until it starts to wane. I almost wish I could be put under anesthetic until it passes. Seriously! For those of you who are saying it’s “all in your head” have obviously never experienced it. You would definitely be singing a different tune if you did!

    Bev, November 15, 2011 at 8:04 am
  90. We must be a really disconnected culture that THINKS and not feels the affect of the moon.

    How bizarre that we use academic statistical studies to ponder the affect of the moon?
    How absurd is that?
    How absolutely disconnected !
    Just ask any woman if the moon cycle affects them and their behaviour… Ask any sensitive energy medicine worker if they can feel the affect of the full moon. In any nature based connected culture the full moon energy is known and used to raise the energy for ceremonial purposes. I suggest investigating QI Gong masters and people who have an awareness that is beyond the mind and brain but you would have to be able to let go of your conditioned way of being seeing and thinking to accept their world view. It’s called “getting out of your head !”

    Lio, December 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm
  91. I understnad the thinking of everyone who has posted a comment and in my opion the moon efects everyone… some less and some more no matter if u are biploar or is your unstable emotionally that really doesnt play a role… i can only say from expirence that since i was 7 i have had the urge to go outside on full moons, not sleep, do very bizarr things for example latly i want to howl at the moon like a wolf… i am not bipolar and not emotionally unstable. Same goes fro my bestfreind she has a bit of insomia but it is much worse on full moons and when she see’s the full moon she sits on her balcony and stares at it… i have to say that the moon brings up memory’s i have never had for example something out of a past life i have had dreams on a full moon about poeple in a differnt era that i dont even know and have never seen in this life time …….. so if i were to conclude this i would say that this has an effect on ME and MY bestfriend

    karolin, December 13, 2011 at 9:22 am
  92. I believe that you do not have to be unstable for the moon to affect you! My daughter is 4 years old and for a couple of years now the few days before a full moon really does affect her. She does such silly things and is so accident prone and tantrums are unbelievable. Some people say I just have a normal 4 year old but the rest of the time she is a perfect little 4 year old. But when the full moon is on the way everything escalates and is 3x as bad as what they would be normally. It would end in us all in tears before bedtime. It is so frustrating. No one has picked out that she has any other behaviour problems and I have been told she is forward for her age in the things that she can do and knows!

    sally, December 20, 2011 at 6:14 am
  93. For many years I never linked the phase of the moon to anything. Then, whilst researching the contents of the bible, I noticed that our ‘Creator’ said that – after the completion of creation – the moon will be a signal to us when to celebrate the Sabbath.

    On further investigation I discovered that the four phases of the moon – full/half/black/other half – are seven days apart! This is only the case if the days of the full moon aren’t counted. After yet more research, it was discovered that the days when the moon is full (can be just one, usually two, but on rare occasions three, these days were celebrated as feast days by the first Israelites.

    Our Creator says quite clearly that the moon was created on the fourth ‘day’-making the lunar cycle series fit very well. Mankind has however changed the writings, over the years, and created a standard seven day week; this in no way explains why we still have the mo’o’nth! Makes more sense when approached with an open mind…..

    Peter, February 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm
  94. The moon most definitely has an effct on my moods, funny enough thats why I am typing this message now! My mood today has gone from feeling pretty rubbish to upbeat, happy, energetic and some what mischievious! It was only when I went outside and noticed a full moon that I connected the two (once again). So I thought, let me type into google (does the moon effect peoples moods?) And I found this site. It is a question that has baffled me for years because I distinctly notice a difference in my behaviour during a full moon, its almost like ive had a few drinks, I laugh an awful lot more than I would usually, its a pretty cool feeling actually!! Bring it on!! Sharon London.

    SPbella, February 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  95. It’s funny, I too started questioning the science behind this. Apparently it affects the balance of positive/negative ions in the air. Positive ions are higher with the changing moons as well as with certain winds. Too many positive ions can affect the body negatively, some it balances them out. So if your already unstable as has been mentioned, sometimes it makes you act even more unbalanced. It affects our adrenal glands and the production of serotonin. Some people have too much serotonin, largely because of anti depressants that increase serotonin. Or just naturally havemore than others. So in some the affects are upbeat moods. Others really are affected negatively.

    gmj payne, February 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm
  96. First, the gravitational effects of the moon are far too minuscule to generate any meaningful effects on brain activity, let alone behavior. As the late astronomer George Abell of the University of California, Los Angeles, noted, a mosquito sitting on our arm exerts a more powerful gravitational pull on us than the moon does. Yet to the best of our knowledge, there have been no reports of a “mosquito lunacy effect.” Second, the moon’s gravitational force affects only open bodies of water, such as oceans and lakes, but not contained sources of water, such as the human brain. Third, the gravitational effect of the moon is just as potent during new moons—when the moon is invisible to us—as it is during full moons.

    Jayden, February 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm
  97. Had a loony day today. First sleepless night in months, and blaming the insomnia on the chain of events of my erratic emotional day. Came upon this article. Thought it interesting and googled Moon Phase 2012. Ironically it is a Full moon today the 9th at 2:26am.

    Ivonne, February 9, 2012 at 5:26 am
  98. To everyone who claims that they themselves or people they know act erratically on full moons:

    Cool story bro.

    ISwearI'mNotATroll, February 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm
  99. Just to throw another voice in the ring – I’ve a long academic background in physics (and rationalist, humanist philosophy!) and I personally feel BOTH the strong effect of the full and new moons. Many of my peers are surgeons, psychiatrists, doctors, etc., and although they may make no personal concurrence, they see a lot of evidence in certain individuals to suggest noticeable behavioural changes. The ionization hypothesis is interesting, although I feel it’s safe to say it is unlikely to be due to gravitational pull (as someone further up explained, the tides are affected by both sun and moon). There remains, in the world of physics, much undiscovered. The way two or more massive objects interact could feasibly have some affect on life that we are as yet unable to analyse. It would be interesting to study the behaviour of other mammals too. The fact it occurs perhaps only in certain people (suggestion that bipolar sufferers seem more strongly affected here; quite possible, although bipolar is a spectrum disorder and each individual case is at a point on a gradient – and each individual case really means every human being alive is somewhere on this scale) may be suggestive on an evolutionary cul-de-sac. Who knows the reasons nature once ‘believed’ that sensitivity to the interaction of earth, moon and sun on monthly phases might be an evolutionary benefit any more than why it never occurred in nature for dogs to see colour or humans to have wings, or any other list of complex possibilities. I’m definitely a firm believer, I write this as the moon enters its final quarter, a very typical couple of days of quiet serenity are passing into a more profound state of quiet sadness…in a couple of days I won’t feel much like getting out of bed at all, I’m sure, before I experience a significant raise in energy, enthusiasm, creative motivation and harmony as the moon waxes, warming to gradually, day-by-day, increasing insomnia and nervousness and anxiety at the full moon. It’s very strange, and all of these moods can be overridden by external influences in life, but the general ebb and flow I find quite comforting, knowing how things will pass and when. It had never occurred to me until I filled a few evenings having fun working in a bar and was bombarded with warnings to beware the full moon…and rightly so! I don’t keep track of it in the sky, so I was curious to correlate all my ‘data’ from years of keeping dated diaries with comments on my general mood to the past phases of the moon. There were some pretty interesting results. Seems like a really large, serious study might be needed to gather enough information on this, and frankly, there’s more important things to spend the world’s miniscule research budget on. Still, I’m willing to hedge my bets and say yeah, it seems likely there is some non-gravitational effect on humans from the phases of the moon and its interaction with the earth and sun.

    JHawkins, February 17, 2012 at 4:47 am
  100. I know it seems silly, but I’ve worked in the doggy daycare industry for ten years and fights consistently happened on full moons and dog behavior was noticeably more hyper and ” out of character”. It got to the point I began to track it. I don’t know why it happened, but full moon days always were different and had incidents. I’m a very practical person so while there seems to be little scientific back up for this, I know that I began to plan for full moons because it was so consistent,

    Bick, February 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm
  101. Me and my mom where at walmart and all day I had anger pasted through me and I callen her a fat cow all of a sudden!She says I do this every full moon so i do believe the moon effects!Us also considering that we r made up of 60percent of water.Its all because of god

    ushakiran, March 10, 2012 at 11:10 am
  102. So becareful during the full moon and u r not alone some feel this others don’t but the ones who do have a gift and we r not crazy

    ushakiran, March 10, 2012 at 11:16 am
  103. A lot of people in this comments list also failed to actually READ this article. They just shout ‘HURR DURR, WHEN THE MOON IS FULL I GET ANGRY, DURR HURR’ without taking confirmation bias into account. Or any of the information presented in the article.

    Sigh, March 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm
  104. Thank you for the article, full moon has caught my interest a long time ago. Sitting now two days before fullmoon on 6th of april 2012, trying to figure out how to reduce the feeling when the high tides are causing my body water to spill out (?). I am surprised also about 103 comments containing sincere personal experiences but also opinions about guessing what might happen during f.m. :) I can also add a personal thought that I totally agree with people turning towards werewolfy behaviour around full moon, me included. Although impressed by the phenomena, I am seriously annoyed by it and wish there would be a cure soon, so I can get vaccinated.
    However, what I wanted to say is that luckily I found this published research concerning full moon phenomena on PubMed. You can find a lot of interesting ‘opinions’ here. It certainly enlightened and comforted me, but of course the studies also contribute to even more confusion about the little full moon.

    Here’s the link:

    ‘The Lunar cycle: effects on human and animal behavior and physiology’

    and this article, which is called:
    ‘Popular belief meets surgical reality: impact of lunar phases, Friday the 13th and zodiac signs on emergency operations and intraoperative blood loss.’

    totally runs over the previous one. =)

    Enjoy your reading!

    Full moon regards,
    Latent Lucia

    Katarina Antonsdotter, April 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm
  105. Although i don’t have any opinions or research credits regarding the full moon and it’s affect on human energy, I do, however, have a lifetime of experiencing extreme anger just BEFORE the full moon. I’ve experienced this every month of my life since childhood and now sixty one and every month is different depending on my energy or biorhythms before the full moon. The full moon that just past was quite powerful.

    I’ve learned to recognize within an hour or less, when the moon is starting to wane. I’ve left many job positions at the time of full moon. If I know beforehand than I’m able to suppress the anger although all the unfortunate times were when I learned afterwards. Within minutes after the peak of full moon energy, I’m very refreshed and happy, again, depending on my energy / biorhythms at the time.

    I’ve never known anyone else with this affliction so I’ve never been able to successfully communicate this and only recently have begun more investigation.

    My wife is my witness to many of the jobs I’ve lost after telling of the boss with the Usual F…Y.. I will be visiting with a local witch doctor ‘Mahdoo’ to try and gain more insight and hopefull someone may read this and have something to helping me and others understand this phenomenon. ArrrRuhhhh

    TomTurner, April 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm
  106. Man…it is pathetic how many spelling errors I’m seeing in these comments. Learn to spell, people.

    Ashamed of you all, April 30, 2012 at 12:19 am
  107. I am ALWAYS full of energy around a full moon. It has always just seemed a normal part of life for me. I don’t go mad or feel I am special, just feel it’s a part of life I can’t explain and fascinates me. I am very in tune with my own body and moods, and other peoples. I have ALWAYS seen and felt this ‘reaction’ around the time of a full moon in myself and others. Science has not yet fully proved or disproved this theory. Untill it does so, I will just have to rely on my own gut feeling and instincts. I would love to know if any skeptics out there have actually had any personal experiences of their own, wether it be reacting to a full moon, paranormal or some other unexplained phenomena? Seems everyone is a skeptic untill they see or feel something they cannot explain.

    yana, May 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm
  108. dear ‘ashamed of you all’ this is not a spelling contest, you’re on the wrong site :)

    cherry, May 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm
  109. Anyone who has ever worked in a nursing home will understand what affects a full moon has on people. I don’t keep track of when there’s a full moon, but when our home begins to have strange occurances, you can bet on it being a full moon soon!

    Gizmo, May 6, 2012 at 7:50 am
  110. Very good informations.

    almanca tercüme, May 6, 2012 at 8:16 am
  111. I am intrested in this subject because the moon plays havoc on my life. Yes it effects me for sure, i can tell and so can my wife when it nears from my behaivor. I would like to study this in more depth, i am tired of its influence.

    rob, May 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm
  112. I think there is a strong correlation between the moon and it’s effects on human behavior. Around the time of the full moon(i always look at the sky for some reason) I am suicidal, depressed, irritable or i have an increased mood, and i act very anxious or irrational. In other words, i am freaking manic!I don’t know why it affects people the way it does and i don’t really think this is a coincidence.

    l, May 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm
  113. I can also confirm that the moon seriously impacts my moods. I get irritable, depressed and seriously on edge just before and after a full moon. I’ve quietly monitored this for some time and by doing so I’m able to be consciously aware of my behaviour and keep it under control. This way I try to avoid emotionally hurting those close to me.
    Generally I’m a very optimistic and outgoing person but also sensitive – I reckon some people are more intuitive to these types of things – I like to think of it more as a gift then a curse.
    Very odd, I care not a dot what science says.

    Lunatic, June 4, 2012 at 5:52 am
  114. I would imagine its the same sort of thing as when you get a new car, you then notice that car a lot more because you are looking out for it. People are always like this you just notice more on the full moon because you can associate it with the full moon, thats what i believe anyway.

    Kyle, June 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm
  115. Well theres proof it moves liquid in your body, but it can’t change you since your brain neurons aren’t liquid, moving brain fluid and stomach fluid would explain headaches, sickness & insomnia

    Simon, June 26, 2012 at 7:16 am
  116. Tom for many years i have suffered from the effects of the monn.more so as the moon becomes full than the cull moon itself.i have learned,not always but getting better at it,is its in the accepting of the emotional changes i am about to endure the easier it will far as my spelling or grammar i just don’t care

    george, July 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm
  117. I’m thinking the reason so many people can’t sleep well during a Full moon is because it’s much brighter out than normal. If you can see the moonlight perhaps you should pull the shades, its like having a light in your eyes. Just saying, seems like common sense.

    Teresa, July 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm
  118. A study was done, published in a Veterinary Medical journal, with the intent of establishing if staffing should be different in the animal ER on full moon nights. The result: ER’s are more busy and should be staffed accordingly. Having watched from inside ER’s, both human and animal, for approximately twenty years, I believe some people behave “differently” during the last 1-2 days of a waxing gibbous to full moon. The ER is not only more busy, but more filled with silliness. If we’re going to see bizarre behavior, it is more likely on the nights that shine!

    Luna"ticked", August 1, 2012 at 6:23 am
  119. I really hate the moment I started reading this article. It’s only about crime frequency during the full moon. It should refer from other points of view. Where in the world is written that crime frequency rises when it is full moon? The full moon affects people mentally(in many ways) and I don’t think it makes them do things they don’t want to do. I appreciate the people who believe that the full moon really affects people’s lives. I’ve read the comment that refers to the fact that it affects you only because you think it will affect you. In my opinion, that’s totally not true. I had a lot of nights(one per month) in which I didn’t know when the full moon will be and I couldn’t sleep and only in the morning I thought that it could be because of the a possible full moon. The same thing happened to my mother that realized a day after the night in which she couldn’t sleep that it was full moon. Why don’t the universities study this thing from a lot more points of view???

    Giovanni, August 4, 2012 at 3:49 am
  120. HELP

    deb182, August 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  121. Perhaps the power of etymological effects is greater than we think!

    Selene, August 27, 2012 at 4:55 am
  122. I googled the question of the full moon affecting behavior because it is 12 years I have been with my husband and every full moon he is mean, disgruntled, withdrawn, and seems to be so against me. Always when a full moon is out. When he stops talking to me or becomes mean, I look up and literally there it is a full moon

    Dee, September 2, 2012 at 4:00 am
  123. I am a person affected by the moon. I’m not a scientist and I have no facts to back myself up. Simply….at 50 years old I know how my body and mind react. At the full moon and new moon I become incredibly agitated….to the point that I wish i could turn into a wolf and howl my agitations at the moon. It is very frustrating because my personality changes quite noticably and I seem to have no control over it. My husband can verify that fact!!

    Tricia, September 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm
  124. It must be a full moon because this is not my comment.

    leroy, September 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  125. i believe the full moon has an effect especially on crazy people i have some living in front of me they strip half naked and behave stupid

    my name, September 23, 2012 at 11:30 am
  126. When the moon waxes to full there is an abundance of energy which affects people in different ways. I get overly energized when it begins to wax but then begin to feel drained, agitated, and tired the day before it waxes to full. It has nothing to do with being unstable…it’s just we’re all unique beings and it affects us all differently. However, I do believe empath’s and highly sensitive people feel the energy changes more than other’s.

    Bonnie, September 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm
  127. If full moons had not been affecting me oddly for some years I wouldn’t have googled full moon affects and found this website. There is no question in my mind that full moons have some effects on some people. Just FYI, yeah, I’ve been called highly intuitive, sensitive, blah, and have family history of depression. Also have family history of ‘intuitives’: well, my grandmother had some ‘psychic’ experiences and was told she was such a ‘type’– to her dismay. For myself, I’ve had some injuries during full moons and now know to be careful. I also feel highly, I don’t know, AWARE, I guess. And often feel moody and the depression battle can be more intense.

    P. Kay, October 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm
  128. aweasome you for the article, full moon has caught my interest a long time ago. Sitting now two days before fullmoon on 6th of april 2012, trying to figure out how to reduce the feeling when the high tides are causing my body water to spill out (?). I am surprised also about 103 comments containing sincere personal experiences but also opinions about guessing what might happen during f.m. :) I can also add a personal thought that I totally agree with people turning towards werewolfy behaviour around full moon, me included. Although impressed by the phenomena, I am seriously annoyed by it and wish there would be a cure soon, so I can get vaccinated.
    However, what I wanted to say is that luckily I found this published research concerning full moon phenomena on PubMed. You can find a lot of interesting ‘opinions’ here. It certainly enlightened and comforted me, but of course the studies also contribute to even more confusion about the little full moon.

    whitlie, October 18, 2012 at 8:56 am
  129. I don’t think we will ever know for certain if the moon affects us humans but I believe it dies. In my own life…I suffer from major depression and have for many years and I also have a sleep disorder called idiopathic hypersomnia. Towards the coming of the full moon my depression worsens almost to the point of being suicidal AND for someone who has a sleep disorder where I can literally sleep 20 hours or more, I just can’t sleep and I have energy I don’t usually have. It’s not a learned response…I wasn’t even aware of this. My friend has a son with depression and he just decided to test his theory out on me WITHOUT letting me know until today. He has me convinced because I live this life and go thru this all the time. Thanks for reading about me.

    Sher, October 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm
  130. My partner told me I’m a different person when there’s a full moon but I don’t believe it (unless someone can explain how people can become withdrawn &or aggressive during this stage of its cycle)
    Ie. 2-3 days before a full moon.

    Jane, October 28, 2012 at 2:02 am
  131. My husband is clearly affected by the moon phases! He is totally fine until days before a full moon and on the night of a full moon. It is something I have been very aware of the last 3 years for sure! We have been married 16 years and it is legit at least for us!

    Cole, October 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm
  132. The things that don’t normally bother me, seem so much more escalated when there is a full moon, or just a couple of days before. Again, we had a heated argument last night, caused by me. Just before the full moon. I didn’t even know it was a full moon, until we were driving home, and I looked up and saw a full moon. I knew immediately why it happened. I feel more weak, no energy, just the opposite of some of the stories that I have read from the comments. I don’t even feel the sex drive that I would normally feel the rest of the month. The full moon definitely had a hand in my emotions that normally I would not feel the rest of the month. Sometimes these feeling will happen a few days after the full moon as well. I am so glad to know that others have the same problem as I have. I was beginning to think that there was something wrong with me, until I read the other comments. I am glad to know that there are others that suffer the same as I do. It is not a very good feeling to feel out of control, and not knowing how to control it when the full moon comes. Peace be to us all!!!!!!

    Barbara Evans, October 29, 2012 at 1:36 am
  133. I immediately typed in ‘bad mood and moon phases’ after spotting the full moon through my window this evening. I had the absolute jitters all day today, felt butterflies in my stomach and felt really down and moody.
    I have noticed this happening before always on full moon dates but only when I’ve noticed the moon and not through actually being aware of the dates beforehand. I felt compelled to see if I could find any connection as I really have been biting heads off for the past few days and this behaviour is out of character for me except prior to a full moon. I also feel lethargic and more emotional than normal. I’m not sure what it is but there is definitely something in it!!!

    Kez, October 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm
  134. Responding to comment 37

    I looked it up, and I was not born on a full moon, but a crescent one. I still have odd feelings/ behaviors on a full moon.

    But what do I know. I’m 11.

    JT, November 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm
  135. Oops 38

    JT, November 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm
  136. I too have noticed a link between the phases of the moon and my Father’s personality, as did my Mother. For a few days before a full moon he will become much more opinionated and right about everything. However for the same period before a new moon he becomes haunted, depressed and all aches and pains will be magnified. When I have spoken to him about this he will acknowledge a lifting of these feelings as soon as the moon is at it’s newest. I never tell him the exact time beforehand but it always corresponds with the feeling of life beginning to get easier. Make of it what you will.

    Louise, November 11, 2012 at 8:06 am
  137. Hi, I’m Patrick I suffer from S A D that means i am sensitive to seasonal changes i am also sensitive to the gravitational changes that occur around the lunar phase changes all four of the but at different intensities. the good news is it always passes, it effects me emotionally and intellectually and sometimes physically. I take things easy around those times and that helps, when driving I take extra care and I tend to make allowances for other drivers knowing they might also be effected, best wishes to all. Patrick.

    Patrick, November 12, 2012 at 7:15 am
  138. Sometimes I get an overwhelming sensation of disgust with my spouse. And notice its a full moon. But, maybe I remember because its a fullmoon. Just because scientists can’t. Prove it doesn’t mean that fullmoons do not affect a persons behavior.

    OMGim40, November 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm
  139. Patrick-lol

    OMGim40, December 1, 2012 at 7:59 am
  140. My son had brain cancer. I have taken care of him for 18 year`s..the reason I am on this website is…I didn`t get my paper today and noticed my son was acting the usual way that he does on a full moon..I check the paper to be sure of what I can expect for a few days..I will notice his behavior changing for a few day`s..and then several after the full moon…but it peaks on the day of the full moon…He is blind and cannot walk..Has neurological problems from the brain truama..I won`t even be thinking about it..when I notice some small change at first.. I transfer him from bed to wheelchair..his head will be down..and stays that way most of the time during the full moon…changes totally after the phase is over..That is my personal experience..

    Mona Martin, January 22, 2013 at 2:56 am
  141. I’ve worked as an ER doctor for 20 years. Anyone who works in an ER will tell you that the moon changes people’s responses. The full moon brings out strange behavior and I believe the new moon increases violence too.

    bob roof, January 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm
  142. During the full moon well I put out so much body heat and I have massive headaches, also I have so much energy and feel like I can run for miles

    James Miller, January 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm
  143. Both myself and my partner are like psyco’s when there is a full moon we would be better to take a 3 or 4 day break away from each other when it happens. Anything that has ever annoyed us gets thrown at each other. We say things (horrible things) to each other that effect our relationship for a long time after. I am a Scorpio 14 nov, he is an arisen 24 march , I wonder does our star signs or date of birth have anything to do with why a loving relationship turns so nasty on the run up to a full moon ?????

    Mandy, January 29, 2013 at 5:02 am
  144. Based on what so many people have observed here the effects of full mooon – whether science proves it or not it is true that some people behave bizzare on this day.I have been married 18 years and I see there is a pattern, during the full mooon phase my wife becomes totally irrational and unstable – amazing but you have to live with that person to understand its impact. Not sure anything i can do anything to avoid this.

    Ash, January 29, 2013 at 6:51 am
  145. For those doubters and scientific community looking for proof, live with one that exhibits this behavior every month.

    Ash, January 29, 2013 at 7:11 am
  146. I had just noticed that last year that my husband’s attitude changes when full moon is in full force; three days before and three days after. He would be irrational and agitated; I can only ask one question a day on those days that come. It has been 9 months now that I have been struggling with my patience and let alone bite my lips and shut my mouth. He is seventy five years old and when the full moon force comes he is full blasted agitated and very edgy. After full moon he would come back to be sweet and loving husband that I married for twenty five years. I love him so much and I will continue to do so..

    Tess, February 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm
  147. I never noticed until these past few months. I get settled into bed, fall asleep quickly but only am able to rest for maybe two hours. I wake up feeling fully rested, full of energy, with a increase in heart rate. No matter how hard i try my body is to jittery to fall back to sleep. I later notice the moon is full. Fair to say that yes personally I am effected.

    Kristina, February 25, 2013 at 6:02 am
  148. I hope this is just one more demonstration of how blind science is to things that people with even half a brain can work out. Of course it affects us, I was a fireman and we had 5 times the number of callouts on full moon nights. Everyone knew it, it was a solid fact. Final tip: the planets affect us as well, Google starlove synastry for your ten minute proof. Scientists just fight theories like this tooth and nail because they know that their whole world will crumble once they find out that there are many true phenomena that science cannot explain.

    StarLoveSoftware, March 27, 2013 at 1:25 am
  149. Sorry, forgot to tell you but something that is important. It’s got nothing to do with gravity and tides. This is just basic astrology 101: oppositions cause tension and confrontations. It’s easy to work out that it is not gravity, which scientists have to (currently) presume it is. All you have to do is study the effects of Pluto, whos gravity is pretty much zero on us but whos effects are just as great as the closer giant planets like Saturn and Jupiter. If you don’t believe this just find out when Pluto made an important contact like hitting your natal Sun position, you will soon change your mind. My father died when Pluto hit my Sun and my fiances father died when it hit her Sun. So forget gravity as a cause if you are trying to figure this out. It is more likely based on the concept of synchronicity.

    StarLoveSoftware, March 27, 2013 at 2:02 am
  150. Last night I was unable to sleep (usually a very heavy sleeper) and last night felt completely strange all evening, then this morning out of curiosity I discovered that today is a new moon. I’m definitely affected by the moon without a shadow of a doubt.

    Claire, April 10, 2013 at 5:06 am
  151. Ive have believed this for quite a long time, for some researchers have done numerous studies on the subject, I too have had side effects in the mood swings are rapid when the full moon is out. To think that a moons effect can actually change how you act sounds crazy but if the moon can make the sea rise because the gravitational pull then i to believe that moods can change as well.

    So to the people that do not believe…id say don’t be naive to the biggest discover scientist cannot prove.

    For you cannot see air though you know you can breathe.

    Dr.Philip, April 26, 2013 at 12:48 am
  152. It’s called confirmation bias. A good point!
    I believe the full moon effect is the same as animals have. The full moon illuminates the sky and all predators take advantage of this. Why should we believe we are any different?

    Cauly, May 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm
  153. Wow, there are a LOT of crazy people commenting here! I bet you all love those ghost hunting shows too!

    joe figaro, August 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm
  154. I have a 21 yr old son that is fine until we have a full moon, he wants to hit things and get mean when the moon is full what can I do about this???? The rest of the time he is fine.

    debbie, September 22, 2013 at 11:14 am
  155. I live in tropical Africa, and every full my wife goes ‘loony’ with agitated anger. Seems the closer to the equator, the stronger the influence? I’ve seen it in other people here, too.

    William Soisson, December 16, 2013 at 7:15 am
  156. The closer the moon gets to the earth during its 28-day cycle, the more full it becomes and the stronger its gravity. As the moon swells in the night sky, its gravity causes high tides, both in the ocean and within our human bodies, which are mostly water. The effect of this internal tide reaches a tipping point for some people (particularly the unchaste and immoderate) just when the moon becomes completely full. The “humors,” or moderating fluids within our bodies, are contained in vessels that are gyroscopically controlled so as to remain in alignment with the earth, however, when the internal tide is high, those fluids spill over, triggering bizarre, ungodly behavior.

    To ensure that this displacement of our emotion-regulating fluids would not happen, God originally placed the moon further from the earth, but the accumulating burden of man’s sin has increased the weight and gravity of the earth, continuously pulling the moon closer. The full moon effect some are noticing now will become ever more prevalent as we approach end times. So each time that lesser light of the heavens reaches its maximum brilliance, lock your doors and guard your daughters. If you suffer from full moon effects yourself, perhaps it will be best if you are on the outside of that locked door. Devote yourself to prayer and try to remain in the shadows.

    Kevin Lawson, December 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm
  157. I normally am a great sleeper but once a month I don’t sleep at all and it’s always on a full moon. I do believe it has an effect on me personally.

    Ciara, January 16, 2014 at 8:19 am
  158. I worked at a mental hospital for three years. Trust me, we employees knew when it was a full moon. The moods and demeanors of the patients changed very noticeably and sometimes drastically.

    sherry, February 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm
  159. Hi, my name is Emerrald. I’m really quite embarrassed to say this. I’m someone who is very down to earth and I don’t put much thought in to legends or ghost stories unless I have had an experience. I am a very truthful person, almost to the point it being painful. Anyway since I was the age of twelve I’ve notice that there were some nights where I couldn’t remember anything. My grandmother would always either sleep in the same room as me, or if I was sleeping alone she would always make sure my door was closed and that she was always near. I would always think this was strange. I’m a blind person so I would not be able to tell if it would be a full moon or not. But before these stranged instances where I would be unable to remember I always felt my sexual drive increase almost to the point of it being painful. I always felt strange and nervous because at that time I had no idea what was happening to me. It frightened me. I would always ask my Grandmother what was happening, and she always told me to never bother about it because she would protect me. It was till later that when ever my sexual drive would increase that it was close to the full moon, and that the nights where I lost all my memories on what happened the previous nights would be a full moon. When I first heard this, it made me laugh. Because I thought it was just something that my grandmother was telling me to scare me. She said that I would become so sexually aroused that she had to keep an eye on me. She told me that it was almost like seeing someone in heat. I finally realized that she wasn’t joking. I want to know if this has ever happened to anyone else. I want to know why I can’t remember anything. I know this sounds weird, but it happens to me, and it scares me. Because I’m truly vulnerable when this happened. This is not humanly possible, so why is it happening to me.

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  161. Over the years I have become increasingly aware that in the lead up to a full moon I am.restless anxious and moody. The effects timing is now more than coincidence. The moment the moon is full, literally the moment I am.back to normal.

    I guess I’m just searching for others. I’ve spoke to loads of guys who experience similar, there must be an.explanation?

    Rupert, June 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm
  162. I don’t care if there is proof or not, I believe it has an effect on people. My boyfriend is like clock work the week leading up to a full moon. He becomes extremely emotional, irritable and overall unpleasant to be around. It’s like a different person. I shit you not I can sense it coming and it’s always before I find out the moon is actually full so it’s not just some mental trick I’m convincing myself of. Its like clockwork. The closer it gets to being full the worse he gets. Then just snaps out of it. Add in the fact that everyone at work is also seemingly angry and argumentative and ive got enough proof to believe something goes on. Not with everyone. But some.

    Courtney, July 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm
  163. My mother and I have trouble sleeping during full moon. Do I feel homocidal?… Hmm, I would say yes. But it is my usual state, so I can’t tell if the moon affects it. Although it should. If it can affect huge amounts of water it should also be able to make changes in tiny human beings. SCIENCE.

    Not you, July 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  164. Full moon tonight, and guess what… I am super restless and anxious for no apparent reason, well I do have PMS.. I hate working during full moons, work can seem extra stressful. I’ve noticed the moons effects on me for many years.
    Great reading all of these posts. Looks like am definitely not the only one..

    Someone, August 10, 2014 at 12:26 am
  165. Presently, this is mostly a cultural phenomenon left over from the time before ubiquitous electric light. When the moon is full, there is light to see at night; as such, people used to be able to go out and interact with each a lot more during this time of the month. As a result, of course stories of this or that happening during full moons were frequent. It’s not that the tides can possibly have some sort of mystical affect on people, affecting their brain chemistry, it’s simply that you can see more when there is light to see by.

    Full moons used to (not even that long ago) have a more dramatic and significant impact on society, but now it’s mostly just people with poor critical thinking skills, desperately wanting to associate the motion of the planets with our personalities. Believing that the moon/tides directly affects people is exactly the same as believing in astrology; and if you believe in astrology, well, that’s the end of that argument right there.

    Allan, October 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm
  166. To start off love reading the Barber mans story!!! I walked into work thismorning and said to my friend “I swear my other half suffers from a male version of PMT or that we just had a full moon” I sat at my desk logging in and thought the last time he bacame all strange and argumentative was on a full moon. I looked up when the next full moon was and low and behold it was 5.56am Wednesday. Last night was Tuesday so Full Moon. I stronlgy belive in this. It for sure affects people on a small or large scale. I always made a joke and said to him he gets PMT but i now belive its the Moon. My research brought me to this site.

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  170. I have worked with the elderly [people with dementia]Doesn’t surprise me , for years, there is a different and very marked behaviour change in them when there is a full moon.One lady would keep asking me when the bus was leaving for Auckland and was it late…..only when it was a full moon. I also have a very good friend who is in denial about her mental state, who becomes quite radical and tends to start dwelling obsessively, about her past…only on a full moon. Lots of other examples. For some reason it affects people who are unstable.Doesnt surprise me that horror movies often feature a full moon , there must be something in it.

    Andrea Benfella, October 10, 2014 at 3:14 am
  171. To Emerald Fire, read your post and it seems very odd, how old are you I wonder, Sexual desire can occur at a certain time of the month, and yours just might fall when there is a full moon, it is natural for females to have strong sexual urges at a certain time of their monthly cycles, I would be worried about my grandmother if I were you.By the way ,how did you manage to write this if you are blind?

    Andrea Benfella, October 10, 2014 at 3:28 am
  172. during the full moon I always have trouble thinking but why does it affect our behavior

    joseph ravert, October 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm
  173. and the way we act

    joseph ravert, October 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm
  174. I’m pretty sure there is enough scientific data to conclude this is nothing more than an urban legend. Studies show that the moon phases have close to no influence on human behavior. In fact, research shows that there is more cranial force placed on your head from just simply laying on your pillow to sleep, than the tidal/gravitational pulls/forces. I am an elementary teacher and wish there was an explanation for some of these kids crazy behaviors!

    Josh, October 12, 2014 at 11:31 am
  175. When the moon is full or nearing the full moon phase, my 9 year old son consistently becomes super pleasant, very cooperative and extremely obedient and helpful. But the next weekend after the full moon is over, he can be a struggle.

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  177. I was just thinking, if this lunar effect is just a myth, then why don’t I remember anything that happens on the night of a full moon. You know when I was eleven I used to think I was a werewolf but I did’nt think of the common science in it. I personaly think that the lunar effect is real. I was doing scienctific reasearch on this exact subject and there many cases that prove this theory is NOT A FAKE. I also personally think that this information was not at all helpful in my cotinuium of research. Thank you. Sorry if this hurt your feelings.

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    Andreanna Sander

    Andreanna sander, November 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm
  178. for the last 35 years i have been observed that I got anxious, quarrel some, any tense situation creates automatically without any prejudice thinking. It begins before 3 days of full or no moon & one day after both. this is totally beyond control, unavoidable. I am not able to understand handle the situation which arises all of sudden. What is connection of it.scientifically or astrologically.

    srizee, November 7, 2014 at 12:32 am
  179. I’m a person who believes things when I see them. I’ve always been on the side of Science, and I’m known to critically over-analyze. That said, I have come to believe that a connection may exist with human emotion and lunar cycles, because I’ve experienced it myself. I’ve never kept track of lunar cycles, or even paid attention to lunar phases on calendars; it was never important to me. one day/night, a couple of years ago, I found myself to be in a terrible emotional state: highly moody and irritable, restless, angry, anxious… and I couldn’t sleep at night. I found out after the experience that it had been a full moon. I’d not have thought much of it if it weren’t the case that I’ve continued to have this experience again and again: I’ll have a sudden experience of intense and painful emotions, and discover afterward that it had been a full moon that night. The knowledge of the full moon always comes after the episode, and never before, as I don’t track lunar cycles, and I never anticipate full moons. Could it be possible that, somewhere, deep in my subconscious, I’m noticing and storing information about lunar cycles, and I am unknowingly psychologically reacting to a subconscious false-belief? I can’t say it’s impossible, but I can honestly say that I don’t know when full moons are coming: I don’t check the calendar,.. I don’t look them up online. How can it be that I continue to experience this strange coincidence over and over again? It certainly opens me up to the possibility that there could be some correlations here. Because I’m noticing a trend in my behaviour that I can’t explain in any other way. I’d love to say it was my menstrual cycle, though the mood swings aren’t matching up with my ovulation or pre-menstrual cycles. In fact, most recently, the emotional episode I experienced on this most-recent full moon was during a time when my menstrual cycle when I am predictably my most pleasant. I’d really like to get to the bottom of it all, so that I could turn my focus to mood management, for my own emotional/mental health, and for those of the people around me! :)

    – N

    Nicole, November 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm
  180. Last night, I went into my room and saw it brightly lit by the moonlight of a full moon. I got so happy and rushed to my window and looked out.

    I saw so much blue in the sky and in the neighbourhood. I felt so happy and calm. My heart literally felt like melting and I was crying tears of joy …?

    Lyn, December 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm
  181. My father his mother, and his grandmother and great grandmother and great great grandmother and I all have been finely tuned emotionally to the moon. The week leading up to the full moon our emotional stability wavers, if we’re having a great week little things affect us more than they would any other day of the month, without looking at the calendar we have all known when the moon will be full so I can personally attest that people are in fact connected in some way to the phases of the moon and those people who think it’s bullshit are disconnected from everything. Everything that makes life worthwhile and I’m not talking about friends or family I’m talkin about where we came from, the hunters and the gatherers. I know that I’m sixteen and that many people may not think that I have the right to say stuff like this, that I don’t have enough experience but I am born no ordinary sixteen year old. Almost every person I’ve ever met has said that I have the wisdom and maturity of someone far beyond my years. you can think to yourself that I’m just an emotional sixteen year old girl and that nothing I say has any creedence. But to that I say go to hell I can probably knock you off your feet in a real conversation. The moon does have an effect on people. So put down your busy lives and listen to te world around you. The nature. The energy.

    Naomi, January 3, 2015 at 2:32 am
  182. My class never acts different on a full moons night

    Madison welsman, February 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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    Madison welsman, February 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  184. I think full moon has a effect…My wife try to fight (aggressive) with me on full moon days (or couple of days before/after the full moon). that is my personal experience…

    narada, February 20, 2015 at 10:41 am
  185. Try sitting in an AA MEETING for about 60 days. You can set your watch to a full moon . All of us seem to struggle with things that we ordinarily handle with ease. There are those who become irritable , restless and discontent for really no good reason. After 23 years of attending on a DAILY basis my research shows with out question that moon has a pronounced affect on some peoples emotional states.

    Adam beech, March 6, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  186. My wife always fights with me on the Full moon or on the no Dark Moon, I have been going through this from past 3 years, we have been married over 10 years now..

    Tony, May 6, 2015 at 4:39 am
  187. the moon and sun and other planets effect everyone no one is immune to it. when the moon is in your zodiac sigh (house)and its full may god help you lol.

    matthew, June 5, 2015 at 11:17 pm
  188. If one believes, no one person, or any study will change that belief. With that said, I’m a victim of this belief. –
    I am a switchboard operator and it always appears that I get more angry people, more odd and strange requests, more people with no boundaries and hide behind the anonymity of the phone during the waxing and waning of the full moon than any other time of the month. –
    And whether I am actually cognizant of this fact in advance or not, I realize I’ve come to expect and associate certain behaviors to the full moon. Thus making them seem to stand out the most during this time frame. –
    This being said I’ve simply come to the conclusion that I’ve always dealt with all this stuff every day but the full moon makes it “special” and my mind goes along with it.

    Nunya Biddle, June 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  189. I believe there is a possibilty of the moon having an effect on people. I for one do. But what I noticed one night was that me and my friend have two exes. And I couldn’t help but notice how their behaviors were from totally friendzoned to flirtatious… It wasn’t normal. We both explained to each other what happened. I don’t know if there is an absolute correlation to people and the moon but guys in my opinon do have changes in behavior. I have no severe evidence but Iwill be sure to keep a closer observation to past rrelationships.. Of course I won’t alter the results by making them talk to me. But it’s an experiment for now.

    tamia, July 23, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  190. I completely agree the full moon effects u ive worked at a nursing home for 5 years and when theres a full moon during that day and usually before and after the residents start getting agitated and confused and more so with a mental health problem ex. Anxiety depression etc.. And i noticed i myself would feel the same way that is until today ive sat back and watched everyone around me go crazy from residents at work to my husband who has bipolar my cousin who has bi polar and her friend as well lol they all were agitated , or emotional, confused and just plain off and my dog was even acting funny while walking him late at night tonight during the blue moon (7/31/15) he just freaked out and also on my drive home people were driving erratically now what are the chances of this all in one day! And tell me theres no connection! When nothing this exciting ever happens lol

    Charlene, July 31, 2015 at 11:00 pm
  191. Very good post. I’m experiencing many of these issues as well..

    creatina como tomar em pó, August 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm
  192. For a few nights I’ve not been able to sleep. Not fall asleep. Not stay asleep. Yesterday at work I was foggy and lacked confidence – just did not feel myself. My husband and I had an argument two nights ago – and we never do that! Today I had lunch with my BFF and she told me she watched a girl stop at a red light … and after a time – the person went through the red light – my friend was so angry she followed her and yelled at her! She also said that for the past few days she has been in a complete fog! My friend was shocked at her own behaviour having chased the driver. I just found out that we have been in a full moon. I have noticed this for a very long long time. Not every moon has such a great effect – This month is a dandy! Also working with the public most of my life, no one could ever convince me that the moon does NOT affect some people significantly.

    Susan, August 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    LadyD, September 29, 2015 at 8:04 pm
  194. In going to go with you and say that newyorkers are realy bad drivers but i useually find people just act wacky because they want to and just because its a legend so ✌

    Edbel, October 17, 2015 at 11:10 pm
  195. I am amazed how many stories there are on here. I think there have been studies that have looked for obvious correlations (like crime rates), but not many have studied more subtle effects, like mood and quality of sleep. I’m not sure we could ever get completely unbiased research in regards to this since the moon is both predictable and unchangeable.
    I have also noticed a lot of people who have jobs where they interact with a lot of people (i.e. teachers, nurses, sales, etc.) and they always seem to say the same thing. I did not believe in the effects of the full moon until I became a teacher. Even then it was a joke at first. The students would have a very strange week of behavior (lots of energy and disruptions) and I just kept noticing that it always happened to be around the full moon.
    Now I plan for it. I try to talk less and allow more time for movement and activity. I also try to be more patient, but since I’m effected by the moon as well, that doesn’t always happen.
    I think it is similar to how some people are more sensitive to atmospheric pressure. It gives them headaches and body aches, and because they are achy they are more irritable. That is a real thing. Why wouldn’t the moon be similar?
    I am still looking for ways people have tried to counter act the effects of the moon cycle. More Zanex maybe? Less caffeine and sugar? More exercise? No idea.

    Anna, October 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm
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