If you have been waking up around the same time every night recently, you will be intrigued to find out that it has a certain significance linked to your health, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Namely, this theory maintains that it is a sign of an imbalance in a specific organ system, as our spiritual well-being and physical health are directly connected to internal systems and rhythms, which govern our bodily functions.
In Western medicine, these processes and the changes that occur as a response to the environment are known under the term “circadian rhythms”.
Dr.Joseph Mercola explains:
“Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life. For a long time, it was widely thought that sleep was little more than a waste of time. Modern research, however, has shed much-needed light on the matter, showing sleep is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle, and that lack of sleep can have far-reaching consequences, affecting everything from mood, creativity and brain detoxification, to DNA expression, chronic disease risk, including dementia and longevity.”
Sleep deficiency causes weight gain, high blood pressure, and blood sugar levels increased cortisol levels, increased caloric intake and appetite, and increased inflammation (and inflammatory markers. Additionally, chronic sleep deficiency can cause diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.
Here is how the TCM explains the meaning of wake-up times in terms of our physical and emotional health:
10 pm- 11 pm: Hormones and Metabolism
This might indicate uncontrolled stress, or endocrine imbalances, such as thyroid issues or a problem with your metabolism.
11 pm- 1 am: Gall Bladder
If you wake up at this time every night, your self-esteem might be low these days. From a physical point of view, this can be a symptom of an impaired function of the gallbladder, which is depleted of the energy stores, and over time, causes poor self-esteem, poor judgment, or difficulty digesting fats.
1 am- 3 am: Liver
The liver is emotionally linked to anger, so this might be a sign of resentment, repressed anger, frustrations, and irritability. Also, symptoms of liver imbalances include irregular menstruation, headaches, anemia, and chronic fatigue.
The lungs are responsible for providing immune protection and moving the qi (energy) through the meridians and to the entire body. They are emotionally linked to grief and sorrow.
If you wake up at this time at night, you might suffer from lung imbalances such as asthma, coughs, and wheezing.
5am-7am: Large Intestine
Even though it is hard, it is time to let go this thing that you been holding onto for a long time. You need to let go something, physically and emotionally.
This might also indicate a malfunction such as constipation, dry stools, and skin rashes.
According to Dr.Mercola:
“There’s simply no doubt that sleep needs to be a priority in your life if you intend to live a long and healthy life. Anyone struggling with chronic disease — which is at least half of the American adult population — would be wise to take sleep seriously, as it can have a significant impact, not only contributing to the problem but also counteracting any other healthy lifestyle strategies you’re using to address it.
As a general guideline, seek to get right around eight hours of sleep every night. Anything below seven hours really starts to impact your health (if you’re an adult). For many, this means forgoing night-owl tendencies and getting to bed at a reasonable time. If you need to be up at 6 a.m., you have to have a lights-out deadline of 9:30 or 10 p.m., depending on how quickly you tend to fall asleep.”
You need to do your best and set a consistent bedtime pattern that will boost the quality of your sleep.
Also, make sure you exercise regularly, avoid caffeinated beverages after 2 pm, and turn off all devices near your bed at bedtime.
The quality of your sleep can also be improved with the help of some natural sleeping aids, such as valerian root, passionflower, and skullcap.