The belief that full moons negatively affect people’s mental health and behaviour dates back to the Roman Empire. Today, police officers and health professionals still question if full moons increase their workload and studies around the world investigate this question too.
In 2007, Sussex Police in England announced they would deploy more police to counter an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence they believed was linked to full moons.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Research carried out by us has shown a correlation between violent incidents and full moons”
Professor Michał Zimecki from The Polish Academy of Science conducted a review on the effects of the lunar cycle on human and animal behaviour.
Zimecki wrote that physiology is impacted by lunar and circadian rhythms, and that immune responses to the moon could be explained by melatonin and steroid levels.
He also cites research that shows traffic accidents, crimes and suicides appeared to be influenced by the lunar cycle.