There’s a Reason that You’re Waking Up at the Same Time Every Night

Nobody is a stranger to middle-of-the-night bathroom runs, or the occasional bout of wakefulness that randomly sneaks its way into the middle of a sound sleep. But if you find your sound slumber being disrupted at or around the same time every night, it might be that your body is trying to tell you something (something more profound than, “Your bladder is full”). Luckily, the Chinese Body Clock, and paying some attention to the clock on your bedside table every time you wake up, are all you need to decipher the meaning behind mid-night disruptions to your sleep. Here’s how it all breaks down:

Young woman looking at clock early in the morning. It's time to get up for work.

If you’re waking up between 11 pm and 1 am…

This is a sign that something funny might be going on with your gallbladder. Since the gallbladder is responsible for breaking down fats in your body, waking up at this time every night might mean that you should consider changing up your fat intake, either by reducing it or focusing on the consumption of healthier fats and oils. On an emotional level – Chinese medicine rarely fails to look at energy, or qi, in addition to physical elements – waking up between 11 pm and 1 am every night might signify that you’re harboring serious feelings of bitterness, resentment, or judgment. This means that it might help to spend some time during the day reflecting on your relationships with others, and yourself, to release any negativity that you’re carrying that might be blocking energy in your system.

Mature man cannot fall asleep during night time

If you’re waking up between 1 am and 3 am…

It means that something might be up with your liver. Try to remove or minimize the amount of toxic foods and beverages, like sugar and coffee, you have in your diet. You might also want to try a detox (teas and remedies containing dandelion root are always a great option) that can help cleanse your liver and rid it of any toxins that might be keeping it from functioning at its best. On an emotional level, this wake-up bracket isn’t too different than that of the gall bladder: it marks 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.

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If you’re waking up between 3 am and 5 am…

This means that you should probably turn your attention to 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 during this time might mean that there is something blocking your ability to take deep, restorative breaths. Most likely, this ends up being linked to emotional factors and could mean that you’re having trouble relaxing and accepting that there are some things in life that you don’t have control over. A 3 am – 5 am wake-up bracket might also be a result of grief, often as a result of dealing with loss. Either way, the key is to practice taking deep breaths while you’re awaking and practicing acceptance in an effort to free yourself of anxiety over things that are out of your hands.

Woman turning off the alarm clock, focus on clock

If you’re waking up between 5 am and 7 am…

Then you need to focus on your large intestine, which is responsible for releasing toxins out of your system and promoting a healthy digestive system. To make sure that everything is working smoothly, pay attention to getting proper hydration day in and day out, as this is one of the key components to a healthy large intestine. Emotionally, this is also the time frame during which you’re likely to experience feelings of guilt or defensiveness. You might also be overwhelmed by the feeling of being “stuck” in some sense, be it in a certain relationship, a job, etc. Try to meditate and release the negative emotions that are weighing you down. Also work on consciously putting your faith in things that you can’t change and focusing on what you can realistically do for your happiness and success moving forward.

When sleeping through the night seems to be a recurring struggle, a bit of reBloom can work wonders on making sure that you not just get to sleep easily at night, but stay asleep! 

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