Are you waking up during the night usually at the same time? According to the TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) this could mean that there is an imbalance in some of the organs in your body. The traditional Chinese medicine believes that our physical health and spiritual well-being are deeply bonded to internal rhythms and systems, which are supporting our body functions.
Lack of Sleep: Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Everybody knows that if we want our body to function properly and stay healthy we need to have a good rest at night, but how important is the sleep actually? Well, if we are in lack of sleep then our ability to learn, mood, judgement are affected, also we retain information and the risk of injuries and accidents is increased.
Also according to researches a couple of days of not sleeping well can result in:
- Increased insulin levels and blood sugar
- Increased cortisol levels
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased inflammation
- Increased appetite and caloric intake
- Weight gain
A long term sleep disruption can be the main cause for many problems, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, and also early mortality!
Wake Up Times And What They Mean
The traditional medicine or so called western medicine is using a term “circadian rhythms” to explain these changes and processes that are happening internally as a result from our environment. We can’t be sire 100% in what is disrupting our rhythms, but we are starting to explore the bond between the development of illnesses and disruptions in these rhythms.
Below you will have a list of the wake-up hours and the organs that are associated with these hours -- the traditional Chinese medicine also claims that these blockages should be visible emotionally and physically.
10 -- 11 P.M: Metabolism and Hormones
If you are constantly having trouble to fall asleep than you are surely under stress. Make sure you find the main cause for the stress, and make sure you relieve from it, which is the first thing to do.
According to the traditional Chinese medicine, being unable to sleep at this time is mostly because of an imbalance of our endocrine system, like a problem with our metabolism or our thyroid.
11 -- 1 A.M: Gall Bladder
Are you feeling a little bit low in the self-esteem part? Are you having trouble in making some decisions?
The gallbladder is excreting bile and it stores it, that is its physical part. But its emotional part, according to the traditional Chinese medicine it is the one that is in charge of the decision-making and self-esteem department. If you are not asleep at this time for a longer period, then you may start having issues such as poor judgment, difficulty digesting fats and poor self-esteem.
1 -- 3 A.M: Liver
Are you angry, frustrated, or irritable more than you usually are?
If you are then your liver might need a slight re-balance. If you are not asleep at this time, then you will be deficient, and especially if you are a girl, because of how important the blood is during the menstruation.
Also our liver is deeply bonded with the anger. If you have noticed if you are waking up at these hours, you are repressing long-standing resentment or anger. If there is an imbalance in our liver then the symptoms are headache, chronic fatigue, anemia and irregular menstruation.
3 -- 5 A.M: Lungs
Has something tragic or saddening has happened to you lately?
The lungs are in charge of moving the energy (qi) through the meridians of our entire body, as well as provide an immune protection. They are associated emotionally with grief. If you are waking up at these hours you are surely struggling with sorrow or grief, there are also imbalances that show up like asthma, coughing, getting sick easily and wheezing.
During these hours all of the toxins from our body that were stored during the day are broken down and cleared out.
Also during this time our large intestine is active, so being on a poor diet or eating very late can cause some issues and problems at this time.
5 -- 7 A.M: Large Intestine
Are you holding on, to something that is very hard for you to let go?
These are the best hours for a bowel movement. Our large intestine’s motto is all about letting go, emotionally and physically. There can be some malfunctions suc has skin rash, dry stools, feeling emotionally stuck, and constipation.
How To Get A Better Sleep, Naturally?
The fist thing to do if you want to improve the quality of your sleep is to set a consistent bedtime. Also avoiding beverages after 2 pm, exercising regularly, and not using any devices before you go to bed are also some lifestyle changes that need to be made in order to sleep better.
Also you can improve your sleep by consuming some calming sleepytime teas from herbs that will calm you down such as skullcap, passionflower and valerian root, they will also help you to wind down the night. Nobody can deny the fact that the sleep is the most important thing, and that millions of people are not getting a good quality sleep.
If you are constantly experiencing sleep issues and you can’t get to their bottom and solve them, then we recommend you to visit a naturopathic doctor, or a specialist in the traditional Chinese medicine, that can surely find the root of the problem and help you solve it, in order to have a good quality sleep, or will give you a treatment plan.