The Reading / Listening - Full Moon - Level 2

If you have trouble sleeping, it could be because of a full moon. Scientists say there is a link between the Moon's cycle and sleeping patterns. They say that on nights when there is a full moon, people could have more problems sleeping. The reason for this could be the Moon's brightness. When there is a full moon, the extra brightness in the night sky could make sleeping more difficult. The scientists said moonlight is "so bright to the human eye" that even if there is no other light, moonlight could have a role in changing our sleep patterns at night.



The scientists did a study of the sleep patterns of over 500 people. Each person had a special wristband to track their sleep. The study included 98 people from a rural village that had no access to electricity or other light sources. Scientists compared their sleep patterns to 464 people living in a U.S. city, which had lots of light pollution. The scientists said people in the rural village and in the big city got less sleep on the nights before the full moon. The artificial light in cities does not seem to affect sleeping patterns. The scientists said: "Human sleep is synchronised with lunar phases."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Full Moon - Level 0 Full Moon - Level 1   or  Full Moon - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/13875791/how-the-moon-affects-sleep/
  • https://www.futurity.org/moon-sleep-lunar-cycle-2509072/
  • https://www.ladbible.com/news/news-scientists-claim-you-may-be-struggling-to-sleep-because-of-the-moon-20210128


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. If you have trouble
  2. it could be because
  3. Scientists say there
  4. nights when there is
  5. this could be the Moon's
  6. in the night
  7. bright to the human
  8. changing our sleep
  1. brightness
  2. is a link
  3. eye
  4. sky
  5. sleeping
  6. patterns
  7. of a full moon
  8. a full moon

Paragraph 2

  1. The scientists did a study
  2. Each person had a special
  3. lots of light
  4. people in the rural
  5. on the nights before
  6. The artificial light
  7. affect sleeping
  8. sleep is synchronised
  1. in cities
  2. village
  3. with lunar phases
  4. pollution
  5. wristband
  6. patterns
  7. of the sleep patterns
  8. the full moon

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

If (1) ___________________ sleeping, it could be because of a full moon. Scientists say there (2) ___________________ between the Moon's cycle and sleeping patterns. They say that on nights when there is (3) ___________________, people could have more problems sleeping. The reason for this could be the Moon's brightness. When there is a full moon, (4) ___________________ in the night sky could make sleeping more difficult. The scientists said moonlight is "so bright to (5) ___________________" that even if there is no other light, moonlight could have (6) ___________________ changing our sleep patterns at night.

The scientists (7) ___________________ of the sleep patterns of over 500 people. Each person had (8) ___________________ to track their sleep. The study included 98 people from a rural village that had no access to electricity or (9) ___________________. Scientists compared their sleep patterns to 464 people living in a U.S. city, which had lots (10) ___________________. The scientists said people in the rural village and in the big city got less sleep on the nights before the full moon. The (11) ___________________ cities does not seem to affect sleeping patterns. The scientists said: "Human sleep is synchronised (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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aythereisalinkbetweentheMoon'scycleandsleepingpatterns.Theysa
ythatonnightswhenthereisafullmoon,peoplecouldhavemoreproble
mssleeping.ThereasonforthiscouldbetheMoon'sbrightness.Whenth
ereisafullmoon,theextrabrightnessinthenightskycouldmakesleepin
gmoredifficult.Thescientistssaidmoonlightis"sobrighttothehumane
ye"thatevenifthereisnootherlight,moonlightcouldhavearoleinchangi
ngoursleeppatternsatnight.Thescientistsdidastudyofthesleeppatter
nsofover500people.Eachpersonhadaspecialwristbandtotracktheirsl
eep.Thestudyincluded98peoplefromaruralvillagethathadnoaccesst
oelectricityorotherlightsources.Scientistscomparedtheirsleeppatter
nsto464peoplelivinginaU.S.city,whichhadlotsoflightpollution.Thesci
entistssaidpeopleintheruralvillageandinthebigcitygotlesssleeponth
enightsbeforethefullmoon.Theartificiallightincitiesdoesnotseemtoaf
fectsleepingpatterns.Thescientistssaid:"Humansleepissynchronise
dwithlunarphases."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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