The 10th full moon of the year will light up the skies tonight.

Also known as Hunter's Moon, this month's full moon will be visible from this afternoon, reports The Mirror.

Most visible at 3.56pm, the moon gets its name as it appears in the sky during the ideal hunting time as the colder months and darker nights start rolling in.

Have you ever wondered if and how a full moon can impact you?

Sleep experts at MattressNextDay and astrologer Inbaal Honigman have revealed how the full moon can have a negative impact on your sleep.

This is know as lunar insomnia.

From controlling the tides to impacting behaviour patterns in animals, the moon has a deep link to planet earth.

Here are three ways the full moon can negatively impact your sleep, causing lunar insomnia.

Woman lying in bed
The full moon can impact our sleep in three ways

It can take you five minutes longer to fall asleep

According to a sleep study analysis by scientists in Switzerland, it may take you five minutes longer to fall asleep during a full moon.

Inbaal explained: "The moon controls the tides, pulling water towards the shore and releasing it back again.

"The average body is made up of 70% water. If the moon can move whole oceans, imagine the effect it has on our bodies when trying to relax."

You can lose 20 minutes of sleep

According to the same analysis, the average person has been found to sleep for 20 minutes less on the night of a full moon.

In addition, on the days leading up to the full moon, both men and women had a lower evening levels of the sleep hormone melatonin.

This is a central part of the body’s sleep-wake cycle as it helps your body synchronise with both night and day.

It can decrease your deep sleep by 30%

According to another four-year study during the full moon, it was found brain activity related to deep sleep dropped by 30%.

This was found even though no other aspects to their sleep routine changed during the full moon.

According to Inbaal, this can explain by the morning after a full moon, you can wake up groggier as opposed to more energised.

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