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Do You Often Wake Up Between 3 AM and 5 AM?
Here’s What It Means
Human beings have an inherent and
powerful connection to sunlight that evolved over thousands
Before the advent of electricity,
we were bound by the constraints of daylight, and
our sleep cycles followed suit.
But today, electricity and technological stimulation
allow our minds and bodies to be active after
And this can wreak havoc on our health.
With that said, many people manage to fall asleep easily,
but often wake up at the same
time in the middle of the night.
This can be incredibly frustrating –
especially if you can’t fall back asleep and then you
feel tired the next day.
The concept of a “ Body Clock”
in Chinese medicine is a useful tool in understanding
why this occurs.
In Chinese medicine, energy or qi,
moves through the body’s meridians and organs in a 24
Every two hours, the qi is strongest
within a particular organ and its functions.
And that’s not all –
the body, mind and emotions are inseparable in Chinese Medicine – meaning
that if you have disharmony in your physical body,
it is tied to your emotional state.
If you find yourself waking up at the same time every night,
it could be because your
body is trying to send you a message.
So let’s find out what your body is trying to tell you!
Here’s a list of the organs and emotions associated
with different times during the
Number 1 – Waking Up Between 9 PM And 11 PM(Or Soon After You Fall Asleep)
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This is the time of the triple heat or endocrine system
where the body’s homeostasis is
adjusted and enzymes are replenished.
It is recommended to be asleep by this time
so the body can conserve energy for the following
If you manage to fall asleep
between 9 and 11 but find yourself waking up, this suggests
that your body is too stressed and is subconsciously in fight or flight mode.
You may also find,
that your fearful or anxious thoughts become louder and make you feel either
threatened or unsafe.
This is the time
of day when energy is also sent to replenish your immune system, so if
you’re feeling ill, you may experience strongersymptoms at this time.
Be sure to complete important tasks beforeretiring for the evening.
It can be helpful to keep a notepad by your bed –
You can quickly scribble down anything
that comes to mind. Then,
that you can address a new idea or any unfinished plans first thing
in the morning. Also,
it’s not a good idea to
give your body a huge evening meal to deal with.
The body needs to concentrate
on reorganizing and regulating anything that may have become
imbalanced throughout the course of the day.
You may also benefit
from meditating or adopting a night time ritual to help you calm your mind.
Number 2 – Waking Up Between 11 PM And 1 AM
In order to wake up feeling energized,
you should definitely be asleep by this time.
The gallbladder is most active during this part of the night,
and this is often the time
when people with gallbladder issues, includinggallstones, experience pain.
Since the gallbladder is responsible for breaking down fats
in your body, waking up at this
time every night could be a sign
that you need to change up your fat intake – either
by reducing it or focusing on the consumption of healthier fats and oils.
On an emotional level,
waking up between 11 and 1 every night, may signify that you’re
harboring serious feelings of bitterness,resentment, or judgment.
This means that it may help to spend some time
during the day reflecting on your relationships
with others, and yourself.
This will help release any negativity that might be blocking energy in your system.
Number 3 – Waking Up Between 1 AM And 3 AM
If you’re constantly waking up during this window
of time, your liver may be telling
you it’s not able to use its allocated time to rejuvenate,
as it’s overwhelmed by other
Any congestion or toxicity in the liver may well be experienced
as pain during these times.
It’s important to note that in our society,
excess energy in the liver is quite prevalent.
Our fast-paced, congested environment,
constant exposure to toxins and pollutants, and toxic
emotions such as anger and stress, all directlytarget the liver.
Muscle cramps and muscle injuries can also indicate a liver energy imbalance.
As the liver is also responsible
for regulating body processes, any condition where there
are uneven or erratic symptoms:
such as PMS, mood swings, or irregular bowel habits – may
indicate a liver issue.
The liver also supports the eyes and sight,
so long hours straining your eyes at a computer
screen will certainly weaken your liver.
In addition to this, overindulgence in alcohol,
a poor diet that includes fatty foods, and
over-medicating with prescription drugs createseven more stagnation in the liver.
You’ll do yourself a favor if you minimize the amount of alcohol,
greasy foods, sugar
and caffeinated beverages you put in yourbody.
You may also want to try a detox that can help cleanse your liver.
It will help get rid it
of any toxins that might be keeping it from functioning at its
On an emotional level,
waking up between 1 am – 3 am also signifies pretty serious
feelings of anger, resentment, and frustration.
Spend time reflecting on what’s bothering you,
and identify elements in your life that
might be sources of negative energy.
If you can, try to free yourself of those elements wherever possible.
Number 4 – Waking Up Between 3 AM And 5 AM
Waking up during this time indicates
that you should probably turn your attention to
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your lungs, or more specifically, your breathing.
This is the time of night that your lungs are functioning the most actively,
so a disruption
to your sleep could mean
that there is something blocking your ability to take deep, restorative
Most likely, this is linked to emotional factors,
and could mean that you’re having trouble
relaxing and accepting that there are things in life
that you don’t have control over.
A 3 AM to 5 AM wake-up bracket might also be a result of grief,
often associated with
Either way, the key is to practice taking deep breaths,
and practice acceptance in an
effort to free yourself of anxiety over things that are out of your hands.
Number 5 – Waking Up Between 5 AM And 7 AM
Early morning is when your colon experiences its greatest flow of energy.
It’s primed to eliminate its contents
from your body as effortlessly as possible.
This is the best time to rise and start yourday!
This is also the best time to exercise,
as vigorous physical activity will help to activate
Any symptoms you experience
during this time may indicate an imbalance in the colon and
a need to pay attention to this organ.
Especially if they are digestive issues, orinvolve constipation or diarrhea.
Be sure to stay properly hydrated throughout the day,
as this is one of the key components
to a healthy colon.
The main emotional aspects related to the colon
involve the ability to let go or a tendency
to hold on to issues, people or situations. Often,
resolving any psychological issues
related to holding on or letting go, will
help to re-establish colon health. Also,
try to work on consciously putting faith
in things that you can’t change, and focus
on what you can realistically do for yourhappiness and success.
Many of us are habitual night owls and think nothing
of it, especially if we’re able
to get a decent amount of sleep. But,
according to Chinese medicine,
it’s not only how much sleep you get that matters,
but also when you get it.
A bedtime, no later than 10:30 PM is advised so
that you’re asleep by 11 PM – when the
gallbladder and the liver start to regulate qi,
process emotions, balance hormones and
detoxify the body.
According to Chinese medicine, the window from 11 PM –
3 AM, which correlates to the
gallbladder and the liver,
is most important in terms of maintaining health, especially
as we age.
This idea is backed by modern science –
we experience the deepest part of sleep during
the first third of the night.
This deep sleep, is the most restorative partof our sleep.
During these hours,
the stress hormone cortisol is reduced and parasympathetic nervous system
This allows us to fully rest and move away
from the fight or flight responses that dominate
during waking hours.
This stage of sleep is associated with memoryand learning.
A lack of this type of sleep can not only result
in waking up tired, but it can lead
to reduced daytime functioning and alertnessas well. Furthermore,
human growth hormone,
which is essential to repairing our bodies from daily
injury and maintaining health,
is released from 9 PM to 7 AM, making each hour of sleep
during this time, critical.
The Chinese Medicine Body Clock offers great insight to the messages of your body. However,
it’s also important to
use your intuition to determine if there may be another
message that’s trying to be delivered toyou.
We want to know what you think!
Do you often wake up at the same time during the night?
If so, what time?
How do you manage to go back to sleep?
Or do you just stay awake?
Let us know in the comments below!
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