Are children like werewolves? Full moon and its associations with sleep and activity behaviors in an international sample of children

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  • Jean-Philippe Chaput
  • Madyson Weippert
  • Allana G Leblanc
  • P T Katzmarzyk
  • Mark S Tremblay
  • Tiago V Barreira
  • Stephanie T Broyles
  • Mikael Fogelholm
  • Gang Hu
  • Rebecca Kuriyan
  • Anura Kurpad
  • Estelle V Lambert
  • Carol Maher
  • Jose Maia
  • Victor Matsudo
  • Timothy Olds
  • Vincent Onywera
  • Olga L Sarmiento
  • Martyn Standage
  • Catrine Tudor-Locke
  • Pei Zhao
24-hour accelerometer recordings of sleep and activity. The present observational, cross-sectional study included 5812 children ages 9-11 years from study sites that represented all inhabited continents and wide ranges of human development (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, India, Kenya, Portugal, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States). Three moon phases were used in this analysis: full moon (±4 days; reference), half moon (±5-9 days) and new moon (±10-14 days) from nearest full moon. Nocturnal sleep duration, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), light-intensity physical activity (LPA) and total sedentary time (SED) were monitored over 7 consecutive days using a waist-worn accelerometer worn 24 hours a day. Only sleep duration was found to significantly differ between moon phases (~5 min per night shorter during full moon compared to new moon). Differences in MVPA, LPA and SED between moon phases were negligible and non-significant (<2 min per day difference). There was no difference in the associations between study sites. In conclusion, sleep duration was 1% shorter at full moon compared to new moon while activity behaviors were not significantly associated with the lunar cycle in this global sample of children. Whether this seemingly minimal difference is clinically meaningful is questionable.
TidsskriftFrontiers in Pediatrics
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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CURIS 2016 NEXS 102

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