Full moon linked with personality traits in humans

NIGHT OWLS take note - last night's full moon could have had more of an effect on our behaviour than we think.

Swiss professor Dr Christian Cajochen has found a link between a full moon and personality traits in humans.

His research found the rate of deep sleep dropped by 30% underneath the full moon, resulting in people being more emotional, needy and impulsive.

And Gladstone's night owls are very familiar with the full moon effect.

At my own practice I see a lot more emotional distress, relationship problems, communication problems around the time of the full moon.

Reef Hotel venue manager Graeme Beard said after 25 years of working in hospitality, he had learned a thing or two about the full moon.

"People are more erratic in the bar, mainly the men," Mr Beard said.

"We give our staff the heads up when the full moon comes around."

Queensland Ambulance Service Gladstone station officer Ron Gibson said while he noticed a change, he didn't want to jump to any conclusions.

"Strange behaviour is not always connected to the size of the moon," Mr Gibson said.

"We have been getting busier over the past few months."

Sydney psychologist Adam Fitzpatrick said he could predict the clients he would see in any given week based on the size of the moon.

"At my own practice I see a lot more emotional distress, relationship problems, communication problems around the time of the full moon," Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Gladstone people will have seen a full moon at 1.45am this morning.

Full moon

  • August 21 at 1.45am
  • September 19 at 11.13am
  • October 18 at 11.38pm
  • November 17 at 3.16pm
  • December 17 at 9.28am.

Hotel staff keep an eye out for some 'lunatic' customers

THE full moon in Gladstone is powerful, just ask the bar staff at the Gladstone Reef Hotel.

Bar worker Karlea Boyd said she noticed a difference in customers when there was a full moon.

"You see a lot of fights, people are more aggressive," Karlea said.

Reef Hotel bar staff Karlea Boyd and Kate Phillips agree the full moon brings out strange behaviour in their customers.
Reef Hotel bar staff Karlea Boyd and Kate Phillips agree the full moon brings out strange behaviour in their customers. Christopher Chan

He said people had the tendency to be more "crazy" when the full moon was in the sky, but it depended on the night.

"Fridays and Saturdays are always busy for us," he said.

Graeme said he even gave the bar staff the heads up if there was a full moon.

"We always have a game plan for the staff," he said.

"We get a lot of cranky people come out."

But don't think the full moon only brings out the strange side of customers.

Graeme said it was hard to determine whether the full moon had an effect on the people who came to the pub.



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