The Body Clock: Why You Might Not Be Sleeping Good.

So, I’ve been trying to figure out why I’ve been waking up at exactly 4 a.m. (give or take a few minues) every morning for about a week or two. Also, hi, goodmorning. This is an early riser post– I’m a smidge stressed. Anyways, I have been searching the internet all morning and came across this website that explains “The Chinese Medicine Body Clock,” which literally already had me so intrigued.CLICK HERE for the website, even though I’ll put it all here anyway via copy & paste.

So it pretty much goes like this: each hour of the day/night is connected to a certain organ in your body… when you wake up during one of the organs “dedicated” times, it could mean you have underlying problems that need addressing… which is exactly what I found out about myself lol.

9 PM – 11 PM  //  Triple Burner (related to the Heart and Pericardium)
Emotion: Joy or lack of joy, depression, hopelessness.
Functions: The Triple Burner is not a distinct organ but is related to our endocrine and lymphatic systems. It controls metabolism within the body.
Symptoms of imbalance: Mania, feelings of guilt, depression, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalance, sluggish metabolism, frequent headaches, fatigue, earaches, swollen lymph nodes, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorder, alternating chills and fever.
Tips: Consider going to bed earlier, establish a calming nighttime routine, avoid artificial light after 9pm.

11 PM – 1 AM  //  Gall Bladder (strongly tied to the Liver)
Emotion: Indecisiveness
Functions: The Gallbladder stores and excretes bile to facilitate proper digestion. It also rules the decision making process, controls the sinews and tendons and governs dreams.
Symptoms of imbalance: Indecision, frequent sighing, rash decisions, poor judgement, difficulty making decisions, shyness, timidity, high cholesterol, resentment, dream-disturbed sleep, weak tendons, tendonitis.
Tips: Avoid alcohol, transfats and spicy foods. Eat a small dinner well before bedtime and avoid snacking before bed.

1 AM – 3 AM  //  Liver
Functions: The Liver is responsible for detoxifying our bodies and processing emotions each night. The Liver stores the blood and governs the qi of the body. It is associated with the tendons, nails and eyes. Think back to a night when you had too much to drink or a period of intense frustration at work. Did you wake up around between 1-3am unable to fall back asleep? From a Chinese medicine perspective your liver was overloaded with and struggled to do its work.
Symptoms of imbalance: Explosive outbursts of anger, bottled up emotions, resentment, irritability, moodiness, frustration, high blood pressure, chest distention, PMS, bitter taste in mouth, digestive upset, dizziness, migraine headache, breast tenderness, blurred vision, eye floaters, red face, tendonitis, frequent sighing.
Tips: Make sure to drink alcohol in moderation and eat your last meal a few hours before bed. Consider a whole foods cleanse. Cut out coffee for a week and replace it with green tea. Find ways to deal with your anger and frustrations in a healthy way. Get regular exercise.

3 AM – 5 AM  //  Lung (YIKES, this is mine :b )
Functions: The Lungs govern the respiratory and immune system, regulate the sweat glands, and moisten the skin.
Symptoms of imbalance: Feelings of sadness or grief that have not been dealt with, shortness of breath, sweating easily, weak voice, shallow breathing, fatigue, cough, frequent cold/flu, fever with chills, sore throat, runny nose, headache, allergies, asthma, chest pain, pale complexion, dry skin, depression, crying.
Tips: Try breathing exercises, meditation or yoga to improve your lung capacity. Consider getting counseling or talking to a friend about feelings of sadness or grief. Write in your journal about your emotions before bed each night.

information via: Turning Pointe Acupuncture + Wellness

Okay, seriously how cool is that????!!!! I’ve always loved finding out new things and the moment I came across that I had to share it. Has anyone ever heard of this before? Have you heard something different? I wanna know!!!

I’ve been having a rough time lately just in my head, so I guess the 4 a.m. makes sense. I’ve been doing yoga and stretching and literally all the things it suggests, so hopefully it will start to kick in and I can actually sleep. (Austin even got me a memory foam topper for the bed hehehe I love him)

welp, hope you thought this was as cool as I did.

xx em ❤

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