chinese body clock why are you 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 a tool used in Traditional Chinese Medicine named the Chinese body clock 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. To take a deep look at the connection between our organs and our emotions, read this piece here. 

Bookmark this link for future reference and take a look at the model above and descriptions below. Scan through the Chinese body clock – 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.

Want to better understand the relationship between our organs & our emotions? Scan this piece to better understand the connection.

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