Full Moon Sleeplessness

I couldn’t fall asleep last night for the longest time. I kept flopping around, unable to relax, feeling as if my body no longer fit in my skin. I finally gave up, turned on the light, and finished reading a book. Then I tried again to sleep, and this time I managed it, though I didn’t sleep deeply.

Remembering that the last time this happened was around the full moon, I checked online, and sure enough, tonight is the full moon. I used to think it was the extra brightness the full moon brought to the night that caused the problem, but because of the clouds, it was no brighter than usual last night, so apparently, the full moon itself is the culprit.

I must be more sensitive to such changes now that I am getting older because I don’t remember having this sensitivity problem when I was younger, though it’s possible that my youthful circadian rhythm kept me from being affected. For most of my life, until I moved here, I was on a late-to-bed, late-to-rise schedule, but now I am forced to go to bed a lot earlier than normal because I wake at first light. Because of this attunement to the natural rhythm of light and dark, I didn’t think I’d have a problem with the change to daylight savings time, but it is still an issue. (I go to bed at the same clock time I did on standard time, but I’m not really tired then because the clock says it’s later than it really is.) Combining the clock change with the full moon, a storm that’s forming off to the west, and an aging body, it’s amazing I got any sleep at all.

Luckily, although I’m scheduled to work a couple of extra hours today, the work isn’t onerous. I can also take it easy when my client rests, so the sleep deficit shouldn’t be a problem. At least I hope not. Even luckier, after tonight, the moon is on the wane, so I won’t have to deal with full moon sleeplessness again for another month or so.


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