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

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TCM experts recommend that we go to sleep during this time as our body needs to conserve energy for the next day’s activities. With an imbalance, you may feel depression, confusion, paranoia, hopelessness, lack of joy, or extreme happiness.

Symptoms of unbalanced meridian:

Here are some of the physical and emotional level symptoms of unbalanced meridian which you can experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Stiff neck
  • Water retention
  • Urinal issues 
  • Frequent headaches
  • Incontinence
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Issues with ears/eyes/chest/throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Tinnitus
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Swelling of cheek
  • Fever
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Pain in the shoulder/hand 
  • Paranoia
  • Hopelessness
  • Confusion
  • Guilt
  • Depression

Tips to balance meridian:

This is the time to go to bed and relax. As Triple Burner is linked with the thyroid & adrenals, it controls energy transfer and is responsible for metabolism and temperature. Don’t engage in overthinking at this time. Develop and follow a relaxing nighttime routine, read a book and avoid bright artificial lights.

10. Gallbladder Foot-Shaoyang: 11 PM – 1 AM

If you keep waking up from sleep between 11 pm and 1 am then you need to give some attention to your gallbladder. Bile is stored and excreted by the gallbladder to help effective digestion. It also helps in making decisions and controls sinews, tendons and even dreams.

According to TCM, this is the hour when yin energy starts to fade & yang energy gets stronger. Yang energy gets stored while we sleep and keeps us active during daytime activities. Due to imbalance, you may feel emotions related to indecisiveness, resentment, and bitterness if you hold on to heavy feelings.

Symptoms of unbalanced meridian:

The following are some of the physical and emotional level symptoms that you may experience in case of an unbalanced meridian:

  • Weak tendons
  • Nausea
  • Tendonitis
  • High cholesterol
  • Ear diseases
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Hip problems 
  • Dizziness
  • Bitterness in mouth
  • Pain in jaw/eyes
  • Shyness
  • Timidity
  • Poor judgment
  • Resentment
  • Bitterness
  • Indecisiveness
  • Frequent sighing
  • Being impulsive

Tips to balance meridian:

If you are waking up during this time, then you need to avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and trans-fats as it is hard for the gallbladder to break these down. As per the Chinese Body Clock, you need to relax and take steps to get some good sleep so that you may feel rejuvenated the next day. You may feel aches and pain during these two hours if you have gallbladder stones.

Liver detox and gallbladder flush can help you cleanse your organs. On the emotional level, it can be helpful to reflect and focus on your relationships to identify the underlying problem. Try to release all negative energy that may be blocking your system.

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11. Liver Foot-Jueyin: 1AM – 3AM

As your body goes to sleep at this time, the energy moves to the Liver. It detoxifies the body and processes your emotions according to the Body Clock. The Liver not only stores blood, but it is also associated with the eyes, nails, and tendons and controls the Qi in your body. During these two hours, toxins are released and new fresh blood is created.

If you are waking up at this time, it is probably due to excessive yang energy in the body, issues with the liver, or the detoxification process. This can be due to high levels of stress, unresolved anger, excess alcohol consumption, and an unhealthy diet. If there’s an imbalance, you may feel frustrated and angry.

Symptoms of unbalanced meridian:

Let’s check out some of the physical and emotional level symptoms of unbalanced meridian:

  • Chest distention
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Digestive issues
  • Liver problems 
  • Migraine 
  • Constipation
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Breast tenderness
  • Hernia
  • Tendonitis
  • Repeated sighing
  • Low back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Bottled up emotions
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness
  • Resentment
  • Frustration

Tips to balance meridian:

If you keep waking up at this time, then it’s probably due to excess consumption of alcohol or prescription drugs, unhealthy diet and unresolved anger and stress. Moreover, your liver may also be overpowered by the load of the detoxing process as per TCM experts.

Find effective ways to cope with your daily stress and try to avoid alcohol. Eat a wholesome meal for dinner a few hours before you sleep. Replace drinking coffee with green tea for a week and try to exercise regularly. Get some deep sleep and seek professional help for proper detoxification, if needed.

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