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

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12. Lung Hand-Taiyin: 3 AM – 5 AM

This is the hour of the Lungs. As your body sleeps, the Qi is transferred through your lungs at this time. The Lungs control the immune and respiratory system, manage the sweat glands and keeps your skin moist. Waking up between 3 am and 5 am means you have an imbalance in your lungs and experiencing breathing problems.

Hence, disruption in sleep during these two hours means your capacity to take deep, clean breaths is being hindered by something. It may also be related to emotional problems that you are facing like dealing with loss or grief.

Symptoms of unbalanced meridian:

Below you can find a few physical and emotional symptoms of unbalanced meridian that you may experience between 3 am and 5 am:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Cough
  • Sweating
  • Sore throat
  • Shallow breathing
  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fever with chills
  • Chest pain
  • Shoulder/ back pain 
  • Headache
  • Weak voice
  • Dry skin
  • Pale complexion
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Sadness
  • Crying

Tips to balance meridian:

According to the Chinese Meridian Body Clock, exercises that soothe your nerve like, yoga and deep breathing exercises, can help prevent you from waking up at this time. Keep your body warm so that your lungs can recharge your body with oxygen.

Meditation can also help to improve your breathing properly, enhance your lung capacity, and release grief. Changing your diet and lifestyle can also be a good idea. You can also start writing a journal to express yourself and your emotions before going to sleep.

A traditional way to heal

“The Chinese do not draw any distinction between food and medicine.” – Lin Yutang

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine rely on the body clock to understand which specific organs might be the cause of a disease. Understanding when each organ is most active and how it communicates with you through physical, mental, and emotional symptoms can help you understand your body and yourself better. 

Every organ in our body has a self-repair and maintenance process and follows a strict schedule on a daily basis. By understanding this schedule, we can improve our physical and mental health and experience better overall well-being. Following this body clock can help you recognize which particular organ and emotions needs your attention to make you feel better and healthier.

Using the symptoms and cues, find out what you were feeling at what particular time. Moreover, the time when you wake up from sleep every night can also serve as a guide to help you identify any underlying health problems. By doing some research, you can also find out ways to strengthen the particular meridian to resolve issues in that specific organ. However, you also need to consider the emotional aspects as well as the physical symptoms. 

Focus on balancing the Qi in your body for better sleep, enhanced energy, and experiencing healthy emotions. By developing a solid knowledge about TCM and the Chinese Body Clock, you can use it as a guide to identify health issues and improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.


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