Year: 2003 Source: BMC Psychiatry, v.3, (10 December 2003), p.20-27 SIEC No: 20041160

This study responds to the question of whether the moon can influence daily levels of stress. 4 years of telephone-call frequency data were obtained from a single crisis-call centre & analysed. An increase in calls was recorded from females & a decrease in calls by males during the new moon period, & there were proportionally more calls by males a fortnight later. A comparable swing in the male/female call-ratio on a weekly basis over Fridays & Saturdays was also noted. Implications are discussed. (32 refs)