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Do You Wake Up At The Same Time Every Night?

Sleep is a crucial part of our lives. It helps restore our energy and improves our overall wellbeing.

That’s why it’s so frustrating when you can’t get that good, KO sleep. Especially when sleep provides us with:

  • Improved memory and focus
  • Longevity
  • Less inflammation
  • Spurred creativity
  • Lowered stress and depression

And these are just the tip of the iceberg. But we are not going to discuss the benefits of sleep in this article.

You might’ve experienced something strange lately – waking in the middle of the night with no apparent reason.

Luckily, Traditional Chinese Medicine can bring you a bit of clarity on this issue.

You see, there is a biological and psychological connection between the interval of time during the night in which you wake up and a specific ailment.

Depending on which interval during the night you wake up, a certain emotional trauma or disease might be the reason why your body jolts you out of your sheets.

So, let’s get right to it.

When do you usually wake up? 

Between 9 PM – 11 PM

Biological Cause

The difficulty falling asleep during these hours usually point out to problems associated with your:

  • metabolism
  • immunity
  • a hormonal imbalance

Related: Hormonal imbalances – How You Can Naturally Balance Your Hormones

Emotional Cause

Stress and anxiety can hinder you from proper sleep

If you know there are some things that are always in the back of your mind, let them go before going to bed. The only way you can ever resolve them is by getting enough rest, which allows you to think more clearly and makes you able to think of the better solutions.

Don’t let anything interfere with your resting time – consider it as a reward that will also help you face your problems better.

Related: Simple, Yet Terribly Effective Breathing Techniques

Between 11 PM – 1 AM

Biological Cause

In this interval, the gallbladder is enabled for healing. This organ is responsible for breaking down the fats you’ve been consuming throughout the day.

At a first glance, you need to improve your diet. Add more healthy fats such as:

  • avocado
  • nuts
  • olives
  • fatty fish

And cut low the consumption of foods which have animal origins:

  • dairy products
  • eggs
  • meat

Related: Heal Your Body With The Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Emotional Cause

Not being able to sleep at this time reveals a predisposition towards judging yourself or others.

Not accepting certain situations or failing to forgive yourself or those around you can keep you up at night.

Remember that we are all here to learn, but each of us has different lessons to be taught and different experience.

Let go of the resentment, and enjoy more of what you like about those people (especially if it’s yourself you’re being hard on).

Related: Aromatherapy – Do Essential Oils Have Healing Properties?

Between 1 AM – 3 AM

Biological Cause

During these two hours, the liver steals the show.

Although it can’t be compared to the brain or the heart, it could easily be classified as the third most important organ in your body.

It is responsible for flushing out the toxins and keeping yourself in tip-top shape.

If it’s got too many residues to deal with, you’re likely to wake up during 1 AM and 3 AM.

Avoid this by re-thinking your diet and also eliminating alcohol.

Related: What To Avoid For A Good Night’s Sleep

Emotional Cause

On the second side of the coin, anger, frustration, and guilt can also be responsible for your insomniac episodes.

Dig in the corners of your mind and try to identify if there is any person or situation towards which you might be angry, and why.

Once you’ve found the answer to these questions, you’ll know for sure what is the right thing to do to annihilate the tension.

Between 3 AM – 5 AM

Biological Cause

If you can’t sleep properly during these hours, it’s the respiratory system that’s responsible for it.

A powerful hint there is something wrong is coughing after waking up.

This can mean that you need to breathe healthier air, cut down or completely cut out the cigarettes.

Related: Crucial But Ignored – Are you breathing correctly?

Emotional Cause

Waking up during this interval suggests that you might be depressed, or feeling sadness and grief.

One way to deal with this situation is to figure out if there’s something that has recently happened and that eats away at your mind.

Related: How To Combat Stress And Anxiety Without Drugs

Between 5 AM – 7 AM

Biological Cause

Inadvertently waking up at these hours means that there is trouble with the cleansing and your large intestine.

If you know fiber is missing from your diet, eat more vegetables and fruits, but if your fiber intake is just right, then add more water (so that you don’t get constipated).

Related: The Ultimate Meal Plan for a Bulletproof Health

Emotional Cause

This period is related to feeling stuck or being unhappy due to the lack of growth in your personal life.

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Check whether the physical or the emotional side is responsible for your troubled sleep, and work on it.

These signs have rarely shown to fail and if you want them to work for you, answer yourself as honest as possible when detecting the negative feelings or when thinking of the unhealthy habits you have.

You’re the only one you need to answer to, anyway, so there’s no pressure or something to lose. But there is something to gain – and that’s health.

As you may have thought, the clock doesn’t stop here, and there are other organs and systems that need to recover.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will try to respond to them as fast as I can.

As always, your health is in your hands.


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