The brain is an amazing organ. In fact, it is the one organ that controls all our daily and nightly behaviors. When it comes to sleep, the brain plays a huge role in making sure everything goes smoothly during the night. But, have you ever woken up at a particular time for several nights in a row? Yes, this phenomenon is quite common among many, and if you still haven’t found an explanation for it, read on to learn more.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), waking up at the same time every night is closely related to your health. Depending on your nightly wake-up time, your body may be indicating certain body system issues. As per TCM, our body clocks are closely connected to our physical and emotional health.
Sleep Deprivation Keeps the Body and Brain Awake
If you are not getting enough hours of sleep at night, you are risking serious health issues in return. It is not just waking up at odd hours of the night, but also exposing your body and mind to threatening disorders. Some of the most common side-effects of not sleeping enough include:
- Poor judgment
- Loss of focus
- Reduced ability to process information
- Weight gain and enhanced appetite
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increase in the cortisol (stress hormone) levels
- Elevation of the blood sugar and insulin levels
Waking Up In Particular Hours: What Does It Mean?
This intriguing occurrence is known in medicine as ‘circadian rhythms’. Although there is no hardcore proof of how waking up at a certain time affects your health, research shows that there is definitely a connection there.
So, if you wake up at the same time every night, here is what it can mean health-wise.
- Between 10 pm and 11 pm – Hormones and MetabolismTMC explains that when we are stressed, the endocrine system may derail from performing ideally. With that, if you wake up at these hours, you might want to check your endocrine system and thyroid and make sure they are working properly. In addition, this particular time frame is associated with the quality of the work your metabolism does.
- Between 11 pm and 1 am – GallbladderIf you have been indecisive or feeling unsure about what to do, you should pay attention to the gallbladder and bile. Bile is a direct product of the gallbladder but its production is also related to emotional stability or the lack thereof. If you are having problems falling asleep in this particular time, means you are overworking the gallbladder and therefore, expose yourself to emotional distress.
- Between 1 am and 3 am – LiverIf you are feeling inexplicably irritated or annoyed, you might be suffering from liver problems.
The liver is able to control anger and frustration with ease, but when strained, it can misbehave, thus making you annoyed at all times. This time is particularly sensitive for women in their period, where the lack of sleep can cause liver issues and mood swings.
Liver issues manifest through various symptoms, such as periods, anemia, fatigue, and migraines.
- Between 3 am and 5 am – LungsThe lungs are directly connected to the feelings of sadness and blues. This is especially true if the lungs are not working properly, especially during the night.
The lungs usually manage the qi (energy) and send energy to the body, thus protecting the immune system. Now, if you keep waking up at these particular hours, you might be fighting grief or chronic sadness. When the lungs are disturbed, they also cause other side-effects, like wheezing, coughs, and sickness.
- Between 5 am and 7 am – Large IntestineIf you tend to cling onto things and spend hours overthinking details, you might be suffering large intestine problems. When you are stressed out, the large intestine starts to misbehave. For that, using this wake-up time for a bowel movement is ideal. Some of the symptoms of a large intestine issue include constipation, dry stool, rashes, and feeling emotionally clueless.
Sleep Better: Here’s What to Do?
The best thing you can do in order to sleep better is to start implementing small routines in your everyday life. Exercise plays a key role in getting quality sleep, so make sure you keep yourself physically active. In addition, steer clear of caffeinated drinks after 2 pm, and drink plenty of water during the day.
Instead of coffee, you can opt for a cup of hot, calming tea, like skullcap and/or valerian root tea.
Finally, if you are still waking up at night, it would be a good idea to discuss your issues with a professional or use alternative treatments to handle the issue.