Wake up at the same time every night? Read on!

Wake up at the same time every night? Read on!

2017-12-07T18:17:04+00:00

Sleep problems are common these days and there are many reasons for them both physical and emotional. However, when a client says she/ he wakes up every night say at 3am, I always refer to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and look at the meridian clock (see below) to find out what is potentially going on in the body and especially in the main organs.

TCM clock

Broadly, TCM is based on optimising the flow of Qi/ Chi energy throughout the body via the meridians – the energy channels also used in acupuncture. Meridians are like electrical circuits – when the energy of a meridian is not flowing well due to a block (physical or emotional), you will experience signs or symptom from the meridian(s) involved.

This block will also cause an imbalance in the flows between other meridians, often unbalancing the whole body. So when you wake up at the same time ever night or becoming tired at 3.30pm in the afternoon, you can look at the meridian that works at this particular point of time to explain what may be happening with you.

At the Holistic by Nature website I found a great explanation of how the meridian clock works and I recommend you follow the link to find out other interesting details. They also have the following table describing the basic emotional connections for the night time meridians.

In my experience, many people who wake up at certain times have issues in the areas mentioned.

9-11pm: Triple Heater Non-intimate relationships; social aspects

11pm-1am: Gall bladder – Determination and decision making; action

1am-3am: Liver – Internal plans; the vision for life

3am-5am: Lung Barrier (skin) to the outside world; understanding what is of true value

5am-7am: Large intestine – Letting go of impurities (of emotions and beliefs, past experiences); holding on to what is of value

Of course there are other underlying reasons for most sleep disorders such but the TCM wisdom on sleep disturbances is definitely worth considering in any treatment in addition to herbs. supplements and lifestyle modifications.

Good health and blessings

Joanna Sochan
Adrenal Fatigue and Digestive Health Expert
Naturopath || Herbalist || Nutritionist || Reiki Practitioner

Picture source: holisticbynature.com.au

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7 Comments

  1. Pip January 9, 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Ooh I’ve heard if this! Very interesting – thanks Joanna!

  2. Carol July 17, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Very helpful, thank you! …have been having problems with waking up every night between 3 and 5, finally decided to look up a reason why, lol.

    • Joanna Sochan July 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your feedback! Hope you got a few insights:)

  3. Allison October 26, 2013 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Interesting to note that I wake up between 3 and 5 every morning, which is Lung – Barrier (skin) to the outside world; understanding what is of true value. This has been happening for many years. The only thing I can equate it to is that when I gave birth to my twins 5 years ago, I quit a very rewarding and lucrative career. Although I am happy being a stay at home mom, I do struggle with “my role in society.” I don’t know where my working outside the home life is headed. Could that be plaguing me and causing me to wake up every morning so early?

    Thanks!

    • Joanna Sochan October 29, 2013 at 3:04 am - Reply

      Hi Allison
      Thank you for your comments. Many people who are grieving the loss of something in their lives experience loss of sleep during this time (3-5am). The other emotion they feel is sadness, without a specific reason so it seems. I suggest you look at these emotions closely to see if they occur in your life on a regular basis, and get help, if needed, to release them. To help with the physical movement of energy through the lungs, consider having acupuncture or acupressure treatments focusing on the lung points/meridians. Breathing exercises before sleep could also help.

      All the best
      Joanna

  4. Allison October 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Lats night it was actually 5:10am, which is Large intestine – Letting go of impurities (of emotions and beliefs, past experiences); holding on to what is of value. Not sure how to interpret that… could it be an experience of my past that I am still upset about?

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