Thursday, November 22, 2007

It's the Moon!

Women have cycles. This is known. This is a fact. This is not up for debate. But tell someone that men do to and they look at you funny.

Well in addition to my daily cicadian rhythmes, my moods and energy levels change slowly day by day. And they do so in a cycle that repeats about once a month. And after many years, I have been firmly convinced that my energy and moods are timed to the moon.

The week before the full moon is the worst... or the best. My energy comes to me entirely independently of sleep or other activity levels. There's a tension in my body. A bursting to do something. Anything.

And others act strangely around me. If a young lady smiles, this is disproportionately the week it's most likely to happen in. If work suddenly falls from the sky, or menace crawls up from the sewers, this is when to expect it.

After a few days I know I'll be worn out and tired. Completely exhausted, I'll be able to sit at home and rest. But for now, rest is not an option. While I know respite is near at hand, it scares me to think of the descisions I may make in the coming days. >:-) The full moon feels like a time of change, and this moon fuller than usual.

9 comments:

Kryte said...

This is no news to us women.
But i think most men refuse to think they they are affected by anything. Especially the moon.
We (women) tend to let you (men)think so..and just ignore them.
It has worked for centuries.

Kind impressed that u got it.
Well done.

Kryte said...

This is no news to us women.
But i think most men refuse to think they they are affected by anything. Especially the moon.
We (women) tend to let you (men)think so..and just ignore them.
It has worked for centuries.

Kind impressed that u got it.
Well done.

Becky said...

So, the thick coat of fur and the need to hunt down fresh meat didn't give you a clue? At least you're not jumping on the "give me psychotropic drugs" wagon.
Becky

the amoeba said...

Not to be a naysayer or nothin', but scientists have had a hard time finding any correlation between the behavior of males and lunar phases.

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=317316

Women, yes, but that's no surprise.

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/173/12/1498

Individual mileages vary, of course.

quilly said...

Morgan -- maybe you're just manic depressive? ;)

J. D. said...

Funny that you should mention this, because I've notice that your Dad has an annual cycle. Every June is his emotionally down time. A friend did a bio-rythm chart on me a few years ago and it was right on. Interesting. And it's wise to keep these times in mind when making plans or decisions. I find that knowing your emotional, physical and intellectual highs and lows makes it easier to say to a friend, "This is a bad few days for me, so can we do or discuss this later?" That makes sense to me...Mom

I Dive At Night said...

Kryte, *bow* I try to figure myself out before claiming to understand the rest of the world.

Becky, my teeth don't grow... I just get a little manic.

OC, I read the first study. Seems to say what I already know. Men and women react differently. Don't know where the conclusion came that thus men don't react. Indeed, they call more often during the New Moon phase (as I would have guessed) and they are less likely to share emotionally (like with a distress line) during full moons. Duh.

Quilly, in a DSM4 kinda way? No. In a some days up and some down way? I pity the looser who isn't.

Mom, I try to figure myself out before claiming to understand the rest of the world. :-)

Minka said...

and from what I can see you will spend the rest of your life trying to figure out yourself, complex little goofball that you are.
Join the club. We have napkins :)
I have missed coming over here for the last week. But finally lectures are over and done with and I spend my mornings at home, which should bring me back to blogging :)

I Dive At Night said...

Minka, welcome back! And congrats on finishing your first term of lectures! Spend those mornings studying, and I hope there's some time to blog too.