Can’t we be the only ones having a headache this week? Sure, it could be because of those stressful Zoom meetings or maybe too much Pinot in the pub last night, but a lot of folks on social media attribute it to something else: this week’s full moon.
You may have heard this before, as people often claim in the run-up to a full moon that they have migraines or headaches due to the position of the moon. We’ve already talked about how to live by the phases of the moon and how the moon can affect our mood – so could there be a “full moon migraine”?
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Twitter user Anele wrote: “We have a strawberry super full moon in Capricorn on June 24th at 8:39 pm. Full moon effects can be felt 3 days before, during the full moon and 7 days after:
– Expect stomach cramps, nausea, headache, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and depression / anxiety attacks. “
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We have a strawberry super full moon in Capricorn on June 24th at 8:39 pm.
Full moon effects can be felt 3 days before, during the full moon and 7 days after:
– Expect stomach cramps, nausea, headache, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and depression / anxiety attacks
– Anele 🥢 (@ Nelzie101) June 21, 2021
“Got the stinker of a migraine for the past two days after not having had it in years. They used to come during the full moon. Doctors may think that’s nonsense, but hmmm, the timing is strange,” says another user.
Another writes: “Every damn new moon and full moon I get a migraine that cannot be contained, I’m DONE”.
Another added, “Did anyone get a full moon migraine last night? Never been awakened by such pain before.”
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We asked Dr. Ross Perry, a general practitioner and medical director of Cosmedics, what he thought of full moon migraines, but unfortunately he wasn’t convinced. Sorry team.
“There’s no scientific data or research to suggest that a full moon affects a person’s health,” he says. “Migraines are a certain type of headache that typically affects one side of the head and can affect your eyesight and make you sick. They generally occur due to a spasm of blood vessels in the brain and neck area.
“Why this happens is unknown, but a migraine is often suspected when someone is ‘stressed’, has had too much alcohol, and is dehydrated. Lack of sleep and extreme fatigue can also cause tension headaches and migraines,” he explains.
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Could there be some kind of truth in the moon that then has an impact, especially since full moons can usually light up the sky and keep us awake?
“Of course, if you feel that the bright moon or brighter mornings are disturbing your sleep it can lead to lack of energy and fatigue which can lead to a migraine, make sure you are fully hydrated and try to reduce the level of stress that is the number one cause of tension headaches. “
The full moon that week on June 24th was the third in a series of super moons we’ve had lately. Super moons are brighter in the sky because the moon is a little closer to earth. Hence, while it is in the sky, its light may penetrate your blinds a little more.
So full moon migraine is perhaps a thing in the sense that a sleep disorder can cause a headache. If you are concerned about your headaches or migraines, always see your family doctor. For more information on headaches, visit NHS.uk.