Sleep Disturbances

Do you find yourself waking from sleep around the same time every night? Do you find it hard to settle down to go to sleep? Many people report these sleep disturbances and listening to what our bodies are trying to tell us can help us resolve the physical or emotional blockages that allow us to have a peaceful rest.  Below are the time frames that correspond to our organ systems, see if these ideas can help you have a better night of quality sleep.

9PM-11PM –  If you’re not able to fall asleep in these hours, it’s probably due to the stress and worries of the day. If you are not feeling well you may experience stronger symptoms as well. Many times it is due to being on your phone or computer in bed or watching TV.  If you are having trouble falling asleep during this time, try doing some slow rhythmic breathing or thinking positive affirmations that make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Get off the electronic road an hour before you plan to sleep and try doing techniques to calm you during the day like exercise or meditation.

11PM-1AM – The energy meridian of the gall bladder is most active during this time. You’re probably going through emotional disappointment and blocked energy here usually means that you are being too judgmental with yourself or with others. The act of forgiveness of self and others will help you to sleep well.

1AM-3AM – Here the meridian of the liver is affected. The liver deals with the emotions of anger, anxiety, jealousy and guilt.  Feelings of unresolved anger and resentment might manifest at this time. Accepting of the situation and practicing self-loving affirmations and positive self-talk along with meditation and forgiveness will help to remove this blocked energy. In Chinese medicine it is suggested to eat more cooling foods during the day to allow a balance of energy in the liver.

3AM-5AM – This is when the blocked energy of the lungs will be present. During this time the lungs get recharged for the next day. For the breathe to be easy and to circulate through the lungs the body should be relaxed; waking up now could indicate that you are not going with the flow in life and trying to control everything around you. Have more faith and trust in the flow of the Universe and in yourself in making the right decisions. Doing deep breathing exercises can also help you to get into the flow as it tends to relax you.

5AM-7AM – The energy that flows into the large intestine is activated and symbolizes a need to let go and release. The large intestine is responsible for clearing the body of toxic waste from our digestive system, waking up now could indicate a flaw in this area. If you are feeling emotionally blocked or restricted in your life in any way it could be telling you that you need to release and let go of negative emotions. It could be beneficial to stretch or exercise daily or doing a cleanse on your emotions and body could be in order.