Are you noticing yourself regularly waking up at the same time with no reasonable explanation? Your body may be trying to send you a message. The only way to return to a restful and uninterrupted sleep? To identify what your body is trying to tell you, and address its concerns.
The concept is based on a traditional Chinese belief that the body contains an ‘energy highway’ throughout which the Qi, or life energy, flows. When these meridians are experiencing distress, they send signals to the brain to warn us. There are ‘channels’ or ‘meridians’ through which this energy flows. Each is associated with the distribution of energy for various aspects of our lives, such as the energy necessary for the optimal function of major organs, or to the brain, the help regulate mood and stress levels. This is the foundation for traditional acupuncture practices, using these points to relieve ailments throughout the body.
9 PM to 11 PM: Stress
If you find that you have a very hard time falling asleep and staying asleep between 9 PM and 11 PM, this is a good indicator that you are experiencing an abnormal amount of stress in your life. Whatever the cause, the sooner you alleviate that stress factor in your life, the sooner you’ll find yourself falling asleep with ease. In the meantime, meditation and breathing exercises can be used to lower your stress.
11 PM to 1 AM: Heightened Emotions or Gallbladder Issues
If you are dealing with a highly emotional time in your life right now, this can impact your ability to sleep between 11 PM and 1 AM. This may also reflect ongoing emotional struggles, such as those individuals who struggle with feelings of self-confidence and self-worth. Focus on positive affirmations to help boost your mood and bring positivity into your life. On the physical side, this is also the time that is associated with the function of your gallbladder. Other signs and symptoms of gallbladder problems include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unusual stools or urine, fever or chills, and abdominal pain.
1 AM to 3 AM: Anger and Frustration or Liver Trouble
We often overlook the incredible impact that anger and frustration can have on our lives. Take a deep breath and try to focus on the positive. Remember that holding onto grudges and resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will hurt someone else – you’re the one that’s going to pay the ultimate price. This may also indicate that something is preventing your liver from functioning at its optimal level. If you notice signs of liver disease or failure including jaundice, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, or mental confusion, seek medical attention immediately.
3 AM to 5 AM: Spiritual Awakening, Sadness or Lung Ailments
There are a few causes that could be associated with waking up at this time. You are going to have to reflect and consider which may apply to you. If you are waking up due to a physical ailment, it is likely associated with the lung function. Have you been feeling out of breath, or struggling to keep up with your usual daily routine? If so, contact a medical professional. If you haven’t, the next consideration is an emotional struggle, specifically feelings of sadness and/or depression. If you have eliminated both other potential causes, this may not be a sign of a struggle at all. Practitioners believe that the energy meridians associated with the spirit and spiritual awakening may be active at this specific time in the morning. Take a deep breath and embrace the experience, opening your heart and your mind to the changes you are currently undergoing.
5 AM to 7 AM: Emotional Blockages or Digestive Issues, (Specifically the Large Intestine)