Full Moon Insomnia: Why does she always wake me?

The number one question I receive each Full Moon is - why can’t I sleep? I have many answers for you, some from astrology, some from personal experience. The most important one being- you are not alone. The effects of the Full Moon are felt by everyone I know, even people who don't know anything about astrology, or the lunar cycle. It is a universal feeling, and I’m sure if we could go back in time, we’d find cave dwellers with insomnia on the Full Moon. I’ve listed some reasoning behind this phenomenon and some tips on how to work with the Full Moon while getting some shut-eye.

First of all, a Full Moon is bright. She lights up the night sky like a flashlight. These rays are reflected, but they are still rays of the sun. For those of you who are light sensitive, meaning you wake with the sunlight, it may be as simple as your brain thinking it’s morning. This is easily fixed by getting some blackout curtains- even if you only use them during the Full Moon.

A little more magical of an explanation, the Full Moon sits in opposition to the Sun. This creates energetic friction that we earthlings sit amongst. Both the Sun and the Moon have a gravitational pull on the Earth, so we are being pulled in opposite directions. Image if you could isolate one of your cells and place opposing magnets on either side of it. This is what it feels like in our energetic body during a Full Moon. Luckily we have crystals to help. Try sleeping with crystals around you during the Full Moon, or any time. I personally use Morganite and Amethyst to form a triangle around my bed with one on either nightstand and one piece at the footboard. Test it out and see which crystals work best for you. Great ones to try are; moonstone, fluorite, labradorite, and black obsidian, all known for their ability to deflect energy. They don’t have to be large- it’s the energy that matters.

Putting gravity aside for the moment, it dawned on me about 10 years that maybe I SHOULD be awake during a Full Moon. The Full Moon consistently woke me up for years. Each month I would fight it, becoming more and more anxious as the moments until my alarm sounded. I would feel panicked, not knowing what to do, until one night I just got up. I made myself some tea, grabbed my journal, lit some candles and practiced a Full Moon circle with my dog, Juno. This became my ritual for years. The Full Moon became a time when I embraced the night, and the silence that comes at 3 am in the morning. I would meditate, pull cards, sometimes take a bath, other nights I’d have a dance party in my living room, but I stopped fighting it. Most of the practices I teach have come out of those nights. I feel they were powerful times to get to know myself better. So, maybe the Moon is trying to teach you, she just happens to like the darkest time of the night to bestow her guidance.

The Full Moon also likes to align you and your heart. The Moon rules our emotions, we feel her vibrations, and they shift us. Sometimes we need a significant shift, and that’s what is waking us up. One of the most powerful Full Moons I’ve ever felt was sleeping on the deck of a boat in Catalina (an island off California). It was a very intense Full Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto, so highly transformational and healing. I always work deeply with release and water on a Full Moon, and this one was no different. I practiced my Full Moon rituals then fell asleep. In Catalina, there is no other light pollution, only the Moon, and around 2 am she woke me up. She was directly above me. As my eyes popped open and I felt her pulling at my heart. It was if a beam of light went from her to me and we were connected. I could actually feel her aligning my heart, shifting the energy around it. Now, the scientist in me would love to refute this but I know it was reality- the Full Moon aligned me. She aligned my heart. I could have fought it or panicked at the sheer absurdity of it,  but instead, I embraced the connection and the healing that came with it. The release I had put forth in my intentions earlier came effortlessly. An old wound healed and my heart felt the relief. Under that Full Moon, I was finally able to step away from my past into my future all with a little energetic tuning of the Moon.

Does this magic happen every Full Moon? Probably not- but it can. The Moon is powerful and mysterious, her true powers and vibrations are yet to be fully understood. The next time the Full Moon wakes you up, see what she has to say. Instead of fighting her and trying to sleep, embrace the connection and use the time to go deep within, without the distraction of the day.

Need something to do when the Full Moon wakes you up? Try the Full Moon Workbooks. Afterall, it's the whole reason I invented them...


I have noticed this I guess sine I have started my spiritual journey for about the last 10 to 12 years. Thank you for the insight. I will try embracing this behavior instead of fighting it.

Mike March 06, 2023

Thank you for this. I struggle with sleep but during the full moon, or the day or two approaching the full moon, I struggle with insomnia. I will take valerian root, drink lavender/chamomile tea and practice breathing to help me fall asleep. But she doesn’t want me to sleep. I can’t get out of my head. I will be in bed for 5 to 7 hours unable to settle, unable to fall asleep. I will embrace this the next time and pour the energy into something creative.

Kathleen Chandler October 21, 2022

It happened to me. 13th of April 2022, 2:45 AM

Winchelle March 30, 2023

Wow! It all make sense now. Tonight is the first night I actually embraced the power of the moon. I grabbed my journal and sense of calmness took over me after my entry. I think I can rest now that she got her message through my tough skull lol. Thank you for this entry.

Tellie Simpson January 30, 2021

I’m awake now and it’s a full moon! Been tossing and turning all night!

Lynda January 30, 2021

I read this in 13/11/2019 its a full moon and always happen to me so today i read this and now i know😍 u should stop fighting it and live it

Abeer bsoul December 02, 2019


Tina October 23, 2019

I woke up to the moon right above me shing through my window
I was afraid I closed my eyes but I thought way I’m I afraid
What is there to be afraid of the moon
just had a thought maybe it’s that I respect the moon

Jenna April 28, 2019

Thanks for this article.
I notice since few months I was always waking up around 3am. I become aware of a pattern: every full moon I would have problem falling sleep and o would wake up at 3 am. Im aware of the moon phases and how it can influence us, but I don’t follow it. Is there an explanation why I keep waking up around 3 am?

Zamira April 28, 2019

I’ve known I’m spiritual in a sense that I am vulnerable to the universe. She speaks to me when I least expect it and I always try to listen. I never knew why I would be out of the ordinary when there’s a full moon. It’s 4:31 AM and I’ve been in bed, wide awake since 9PM. Can’t sleep, can’t get out of my head, but now I know why. Thank you for your beautiful words and thank you for loving La Luna.

Madison Jackett April 28, 2019

Its true im feeling a energy pull that wont let me sleep. When l do fall asleep i open my eyes and it feels like i wasnt sleep

Katy d November 11, 2018

thank you for this! I’m so effected by the moon and have been resisting the lack of sleep instead of embracing it. last night’s full moon kept me awake most of the night and I was so worried about being tired today but I wasn’t tired at all today. Thanks for your words here. I feel understood.

Rachel September 05, 2018

I’ve been on a spiritual path in recent months which has taught me about planetary influences and I’ve been astounded, now that I’m aware, of the profound influence the moon has on me. Suddenly I know it’s the full moon’s energy that keeps me WIDE AWAKE at night and I’m normally someone who has no problem at all sleeping. A few days ago I was wide awake until almost 4am. I’ve started sitting in her light and soaking up that pure energy, and asking her for healing. I get an incredible energy buzz and really look forward to the full moon every month <3

Nina September 05, 2018

reading this on 08/27 full moon 2:26am

Scarlette September 05, 2018

He has been waking me up since the eclipse. I think I’m going crazy. I seem to wake up with a gaping hole in my heart because i have this fear that my xbest friend will steal my bf

tzlil December 06, 2018

I noticed about 30 years ago and now 64 and the Moon affects me whether I can see it or not when I wake up the day before during and after I have sleep problems what on a full moon I know I’m not going to sleep it’s like I’m fully awake don’t feel tired I’m alerts and feel like I’ve had a good night’s sleep although I’ve had none

STEVEN July 26, 2018

I noticed about 30 years ago and now 64 and the Moon affects me whether I can see it or not when I wake up the day before during and after I have sleep problems what on a full moon I know I’m not going to sleep it’s like I’m fully awake don’t feel tired I’m alerts and feel like I’ve had a good night’s sleep although I’ve had none

STEVEN September 05, 2018

I’ve been having many of these patterns recently it finally dawned on me to see if there were more people out there like me.

Mia July 03, 2018

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