The Chinese Body Clock: Why You Wake Up Every Night At The Same Time

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How the Body Clock works

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body clock is a useful tool that helps us utilize every moment of the 24-hour cycle and tells us the best times to eat, rest, have sex, or exercise. It is also a means of communication that our body uses to send signals from an organ or meridian. Once the entire cycle complete over a period of 24 hours, it repeats again the next day. 

Here is a closer look at the details of the Chinese body clock so that you can better understand all the hints and clues your body is sending you.

The Chinese Body Clock: Why You Wake Up Every Night At The Same Time
Chinese Body Clock

1. Large Intestine Hand-Yangming: 5 AM – 7 AM

If you tend to wake up during this time period, then your large intestine is trying to communicate with you about something. 5 am to 7 am is a great time to have your first bowel movement to remove unnecessary toxins from your body from the previous day. Moreover, waking up just before sunrise can be beneficial for your mental and emotional health as you are most reflective at this time.

This is also an excellent time to cleanse your body with a bath. You should also comb your hair during this time period as it is believed that the act of combing helps to release excess energy from your mind. However, you may experience feelings of defensiveness.

If you keep waking up between 5 am and 7 am, then it means you need to focus on hydrating your body properly and getting adequate fiber as the large intestine is tasked with getting rid of digestive waste regularly. Being reflective, you may experience feelings of being stuck in particular scenarios which can overwhelm you and lead to negative emotions. You should focus on releasing these negative feelings to move on emotionally and physically.

Symptoms of unbalanced meridian:

Here are some of the physical and emotional level symptoms that you may experience during this time period:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sore throat
  • Toothache
  • Nose bleeds
  • Deafness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Defensiveness
  • Feeling stuck
  • Difficulty in letting go 

Tips to balance meridian:

This is the best time for you to wake up, get out of your bed, and drink a glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice. This will help to clear your system before you had your breakfast and start your day. You can also go for a quick walk and have your first bowel movement for the day.

However, it is best not to consume any caffeine as you need to avoid any diuretic. What your body needs now is lots of water for healthy large intestines and colon. This is also a great time to practice meditation as it will help you to reflect and clear your mind.

2. Stomach Foot Yangming: 7 AM – 9AM

Energy moves through your stomach from 7 am to 9 am and so it is crucial that you have a protein-rich breakfast during this time period. Have the biggest meal of the day to improve digestion & absorption of nutrients. Make sure to eat heavy and ward meals that are high in nutrition for your breakfast. During this period you may experience emotions related to despair and disgust. You may also feel anxious which can lead to an imbalance in the meridian.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it can be a great idea to practice positive affirmations between 7am and 9am before you start your day. This will give you the mental strength and confidence to accomplish the objectives for the day.

Symptoms of unbalanced meridian:

The following physical and emotional symptoms may be experienced during this time in case of an imbalance: 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding gums
  • Stomach pain
  • Fluid retention & swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Nose bleeding
  • Facial paralysis
  • Sore throat
  • Constant hunger
  • Feelings of despair & disgust
  • Issues with healthy eating habits

Tips to balance meridian:

Eat a healthy and filling breakfast and make sure you include a lot of fibers, carbs, and proteins. You can have a fruit salad with yogurt and fresh mint. Practitioners of TCM believe that this should be the largest meal of the day which has also been confirmed by medical science.

As this is a great time for good concentration, it can be highly beneficial for you to practice breathing meditation and practice some Yoga or Qi Gong.

“Qi gong therapy, as well as other branches of Chinese medicine, can be reduced to two simple principles: the cleansing of meridians to achieve harmonious energy flow, and the restoration of yin yang balance.” – Wong Kiew Kit

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