The Moon’s been accused of a lot of things throughout history:
🧀 Being made of cheese.
👽 Housing a secret alien base.
🐺 Causing werewolves to run rampant.
🐰 And according to Buddhist and Native American folklore, it’s home to a giant rabbit whose tracks are responsible for the pitted, scarred surface.
Keep track of the lunar cycle (StarDate has a handy calculator), and a few days before the full moon, try incorporating the following into your nightly routine:
- Wear a sleep mask. Your circalunar rhythms keep the beat even when the Moon isn’t visible. But if it is, that extra light isn’t going to help.
- Chill. Sleep researchers recommend a bedroom temperature of 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit for ideal sleep.(4)
- Boost melatonin. Though OTC melatonin supplements can carry some unpleasant side effects, you can prime the pump on your body’s production with a bedtime snack of natural sources: dried cherries, grapes, olives and nuts.
- Skip the nightcap. One thing your bedtime snack shouldn’t include, though: a martini. Alcoholic beverages in the evening suppress melatonin production, keeping you from drowsiness and the deepest stages of sleep.
- Get noisy in the bedroom. A fan or white noise machine may help lull you to sleep quicker (and keep you there). YouTube has some great all-night tracks of rain, trains, oceans and starship engines from which to choose.
- Try moon milk! Because when we roll with a theme, we roll hard. 😉
And remember: this is only temporary. For the next couple of weeks, your lunar clock only gets more sleep-friendly.
Soon, you’ll see that good news we mentioned earlier: