If You're Waking Up At The Same Time Every Night, There Might Be Something Worth Considering

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that each organ has its point of highest energy and lowest energy. This 24-hour cycle is believed to help us know when to exercise, eat, have sex, rest, and sleep. It also acts as a way to communicate with a particular organ or meridian (energy channel) of the body.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, our bodies are responsible for fulfilling different functions at every hour of the day.

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The Chinese determine these processes according to the changing energy flow of our bodies throughout the day; They think that all our organs are the different clocks that determine the summits of our emotions and our cognitive skills. If your body's energy hits a wall at a certain time of day, they claim it's a bodily response, for example, if we talk about the night, you wake up from sleep.

According to this theory, our 24-hour biological process works like this:

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  • 9 am -11 am is the time of the pancreas and spleen, where enzymes are released to help digest food and release energy for the day ahead. This is the ideal time to exercise and work. Do your most taxing tasks of the day at this time. Emotions such as low self-esteem may be felt at this time.

  • 11 am- 1 pm is the time of the heart which will work to pump nutrients around the body to help provide you with energy and nutrition. This is also a good time to eat lunch and it is recommended to have a light, cooked meal.

  • 1 pm - 3 pm is the time of the small intestine and is when food eaten earlier will complete its digestion and assimilation. 

  • 3 pm - 5 pm is the time of the bladder when metabolic wastes move into the kidney’s filtration system. This is the perfect time to study or complete brain-challenging work. 

  • 5 pm - 7 pm is the time of the kidneys when the blood is filtered and the kidneys work to maintain proper chemical balance. This is the perfect time to have dinner and to activate your circulation either by walking, having a massage or stretching.

  • 7 pm - 9 pm is the time of circulation when nutrients are carried to the capillaries and to each cell. This is the perfect time to read. Avoid doing mental activities at this time. 

  • 9 pm - 11 pm is the time of Triple Heater or endocrine system where the body’s homeostasis is adjusted and enzymes are replenished. It is recommended to sleep at this time so the body can conserve energy for the following day. 

  • 11 pm-1 am is the time of the gallbladder and in order to wake up feeling energized the body should be at rest. In Chinese medicine, this period of time is when yin energy fades ad yang energy begins to grow. 

  • 1 am - 3 am is the time of the liver and a time when the body should be asleep. During this time, toxins are released from the body and fresh new blood is made. 

  • 3 am - 5 am the time of the lungs and again, this is the time where the body should be asleep. If woken at this time, nerve soothing exercises are recommended such as breathing exercises.

  • 5 am - 7 am is the time of the large Intestine making it a perfect time to have a bowel movement and remove toxins from the day before.

  • 7 am - 9 am is the time of the stomach so it is important to eat the biggest meal of the day here to optimize digestion and absorption. Warm meals that are high in nutrition are best in the morning.

Now let's talk about sleep.

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Difficulty sleeping between 9 pm and 11 pm indicates stress and anxiety at the extreme level. For this reason, trying to relax in this period of time, stop thinking about the problems will benefit the person and make it possible to have a healthy night's sleep. Practicing meditation in this process or doing whatever it takes to comfort yourself is very important.

If you find yourself waking up between 11 pm and 3 am, this may indicate two different situations.

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One of these is that the liver uses a lot of effort while struggling with the task of throwing away toxins. If this is the case, it is necessary to pay attention to the foods eaten during the day and to pay attention to having a healthy diet. The second reason is emotional difficulties and frustrations. If this is the case, you may be able to solve your problems of accepting, loving, and forgiving yourself and others in your daily life.

if you find yourself waking up between the hours of 3 and 5 am each morning, you may have underlying grief or sadness that is bothering you.

The body should be kept warm at this time to help the lungs replenish the body with oxygen. The lungs are also associated with feelings of grief and sadness.

Waking up in the morning between 5 am and 7 am might indicate something either good or bad.

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These hours, which are shown as the most healthy time to wake up by traditional Chinese medicine, can also point to suppressed negative emotions. If you wake up spontaneously every morning during this time, it is useful to consider both possibilities.

Besides all these things, there is something you should be really careful about.

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No matter what time you wake up at night, do not use these times to make new decisions or plans. Because in these short-term vigilance situations, our prefrontal cortex, responsible for our brain's decision-making process, is not awake. This suggests that if we sleep, we should stay away from intense and radical thinking and not make decisions!

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