The Best Health Breakthroughs for November 2013

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The Best Health Breakthroughs for November 2013

A dirty secret about hand-washing, and more of the latest research you need to stay healthy.

If you’re having trouble drifting off, the culprit could be celestial. Researchers at Switzerland’s University of Basel discovered that during a full moon, sleep-monitored subjects took five minutes longer to nod off; slept for 20 minutes less; and had lower levels of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone.

“The lunar cycle seems to influence sleep, even when one isn’t aware of the actual moon phase,” says lead author Christian Cajochen, Ph.D.

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