First Full Moon of 2012 Rises [POLL]

Does the moon impact human behavior? Vote in our poll.


The Old Moon, or Moon After Yule, will rise tonight - Monday, Jan. 9 - as the first full moon of 2012.

The full moon will rise in the east around sunset, according to the EarthSky website. At midnight, the moon will be highest in the sky, the site reported.

We've all heard the stories about what a full moon does to people, be it stories about increased crime, crazy antics or even stories of the elusive werewolf.

(P.S. A January full moon is also known as the Wolf Moon.)

So, readers - what do you think?

Since human bodies are made up of 65 percent water, as reported by Arnold Lieber in "How the Moon Affects You," does the moon influence us like it does the tides?

Note: The article was edited to reflect the correct date.

John M. Joy January 09, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I dunno about tides, but the light of the full moon can (and in my case does) interrupt sleep, which can result in odd behavior (or at least being crankier than usual).
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 09, 2012 at 09:58 PM
That's a great observation, John - But now I have to wonder how I excuse my crankiness when there's not a full moon! ;)
dolphinlover January 09, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I never sleep well when the moon is full and or bright out. I have even put up blankets to block it out. It just messes up my whole sleep routine. Ineed complete darkness
Jay Lederman January 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
today's the 9th
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Don Goodrich January 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Having taught middle school for 37 years there is no doubt that the full moon as a major effect on human behavior, expecially 8th graders.
Ellissarah January 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I agree with the comment before this as I have worked with alzheimer and dementia patients and it definitely affects them .. They are completely different beginning almost a week before the actual full moon
citizen January 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Sorry, there is no proof that the moon has an effect on people's behavior. People are always crazy. The tides are impacted by the moon's closeness to earth, not the fact that it's full or not. People as a community tend to propagate this myth.
Bam Bam January 10, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Ask the folks who works in the emergency room, my mom used to and said the crazies definitely are out in force that night.
John M. Joy January 10, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Hmm. Sounds like finding out, one way or the other, would make for an interesting study. And I'm sticking (for now) with my light (i.e. sleep disruption) hypothesis, versus anything to do with the tides. "Paging Dr. Chaisson... Paging Dr. Marya Chaisson..."
SILENT WOLF January 10, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I think the full moon is the only moon that as a physical affect on all living creatures,it.s the Wolf in us all. Take for example,when it is hot and humid, when the weather is oppressive people are less tolerable to each other ... The two have similarities, I prefer the full moon in people because I believe for the most part ,it brings out a positive energy.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Fascinating stuff, guys! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences with la lune!
citizen January 10, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Show me some data or proof from a study! :-) As far as not being able to sleep when the full moon is present, I'll buy that, but you can say the same about a light bulb, but it is not related to the other arguments.
citizen January 10, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Crazies are out every night!
John M. Joy January 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
You mean streetlights? Having one close and bright enough to be a nuisance was only a problem for me once, at an apartment when I was in grad school. (I invested in shades.) It's not worth putting up shades when contending with the moon a scant few days a month, so I'm betting most people (like me) don't. Another big difference: a streetlight is fixed; the moon moves (okay, the Earth turns) throughout the night, so the light is entering the room at different angles and intensities as the night progresses.
SILENT WOLF January 11, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Sandi Forman January 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Well, I can't say if it makes people behave "weirder," but I do know that my obstetrician told me that the birth rate increases dramatically during a full moon. Sure enough, he was exhausted and sleeping when I was admitted to delivery very early in the morning after a full moon. He had already seen to 13 other births that night.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Wow, Sandi! That is quite the experience!


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