Meet The Chinese Body Clock: Is This Why You’re Waking Up At Night?

Ever woken up from a dead sleep at 2:30 AM after an evening of one too many martinis? You might be interested to find that, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is in power-cleansing mode from 1 to 3AM.

In fact, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body has a strict schedule of self-care, self-regulating various organs within the body at specific times of day and night.

Having trouble sleeping at a specific time? Or feeling “off” at a specific time each day? The Chinese body clock is one of our favorite tools to begin deciphering the meaning behind our imbalances.

Bookmark this link for future reference and take a look at the model above and descriptions below. You may find clues as to why your body is trying to get your attention…

1am - 3am:

THE LIVER | Deep sleep, detox blood, rest and recovery, planning.

3am - 5am

THE LUNGS | Deep sleep, dreams and memory, detox lungs.

5am - 7am

LARGE INTESTINE | Wake up, release bowels, meditate.

7am - 9am

THE STOMACH | Breakfast, good concentration, walk.

9am - 11am

THE SPLEEN | Clear thinking, spleen converts, food to Qi.

11am - 1pm

THE HEART | Blood circulation, high energy, eat lunch.

1pm - 3pm

THE SMALL INTESTINE | Sort and absorb food, low energy, nap time.

3pm - 5pm

THE BLADDER | Energy restored, liquid waste released, work and study.

5pm - 7pm

THE KIDNEY | Store nutrients, build bone marrow, suppertime.

7pm - 9pm

THE PERICARDIUM | Protection, light reading, sex, self love.

9pm - 11pm

TRIPLE BURNER | Endocrine and metabolic balancing, getting sleep.

11pm - 1am

GALL BLADDER | Sleep, release bile, cellular repair, build blood cells.

Stay tuned for our follow up piece on Organs & Emotions to learn the full connection…

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  1. I love this article. Why? Makes you think about how your energy–inside and out–is distributed throughout your twenty-four hours.

  2. Ok, you wake up at 2:30 and it’s “liver detox.” Soooo…what does that mean? Dig a little deeper here, guys!

    Cam | 10.31.2017 | Reply
    • I agree, I read the chart and then the article which was just a regurgitation of the chart. What can I do to help my body so I’ll stop waking up at a certain time each night. Kind of a waste of an article!

      Vicki | 10.31.2017 | Reply
  3. What if you’re on an overnight schedule?

    Sarah | 11.04.2017 | Reply
  4. It means if you would like to use a Chinese chart for discovery, then make an appointment with a Chinese Dr. to find your exact remedy for the your issue. This website will never take you there it’s just a pointer for more research on your part.

    Marianne Callari | 11.20.2017 | Reply
  5. the times listed – are these times equivalent to the Time Zones in China? Cuz, right now, it is in the 3 AM hour in Hong Kong but almost 2 PM where I am in Texas.

    ashycourt | 11.22.2017 | Reply
  6. The article is good, after reading this article I know what it means. thank you ad lot many nha

  7. thank you Elissa, fot your help. 🙂

  8. Thank u, for your help. The article is good

  9. Fascinating. I want to know more and how to correct problems

    Kaye | 02.26.2018 | Reply


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