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Numbers affect your sleep-How?

With all the stressful conditions in everyday life, a good night’s sleep is essential.  How many of us get it?  I

All my clocks are on time.


read the articles on a healthy life style and they say the same thing, eat right, sleep right and get daily doses of exercise.  Yet, very few people say they get adequate amounts of sleep.  Some people live on five hours a night, rarely are they getting seven to eight hours a night.  Even more challenged are those who wake up one or more times a night.  What is going on?  Poor sleep can be attributed to daily stress, poor eating habits and bad sleep environments (such as sleeping with a partner who snores).  Rarely does anyone mention your body’s individual timetable.

Each of us has a 24 hour clock that our body runs on.  Just as sure as night follows day, your body’s clock is ticking away.  It doesn’t care if you have a college assignment, an early job interview requiring a bright-eyed look or a newborn that keeps you up at night.  It ticks away.  You should know, however, that at certain times of the day it is going to activate certain parts of the body.  If these parts are healthy, no problem.  If they are not, you might find out and wonder what is going on.  Here is your timetable.  It is called the 24 Hour Meridian Clock and it definitely will wake you up if you aren’t in the best of shape.

Let’s start with the evening at 11pm.  From 11 pm – 1 am the gall bladder is activated.  Having trouble with your gall bladder?  This is the time the gall bladder discharges.  If you have any gall bladder issues, you can expect to be most uncomfortable during this time period.  What galls you?  Do you have bitterness and resentment?  These are the emotions deeply connected to to the gall bladder.  You may have trouble getting to sleep.

1 am – 3 am the Liver.  This is a big one.  This is a key time for people to wake up and be wide awake and not know why.  The liver is the organ that is the waste manager.  It is discharging between these hours and the energy or heat from the liver travels north in the body–towards the head.  Bingo, it can wake you up and you wonder why are you wide awake.  The liver also is the regulator for hormones.  Menopausal symptoms can get into full swing between these hours.  If the liver is very “hot” as they say in Chinese, the person can be very angry or “hotheaded” or frustrated or filled with rage.    Be careful, if the liver is too hot and the heat travels north, the extreme case can be a stroke.  Once the liver has discharged during these two hours, you might start kicking off the covers due to being too warm.

3 am – 5 am the lungs.  This is actually when the meridian cycle of your 24 hour clock begins.  Do you have a

It's 4 am, it must be my liver.

It’s 4 am, it must be my liver.

cold, bronchitis, lots of mucus, damp lungs, too much sadness and grief (lungs hold it), you get to wake up when the lungs activate and discharge.   The toxic waste from your lungs loosens up between 3 am and 5 am and when you awaken, you will cough sometimes.  Your lungs are trying to expel the loosened waste.  The covers you kicked off a few hours ago now need to go back on.  Your body has cooled down and you now might be chilly.

5 am – 7 am  the large intestine.  When this is activated, you can expect elimination.  Perhaps, you might arise and use the toilet.  The large intestine is connected to the lung energy.  It is not unusual to have elimination problems when one has lung problems.  Always drink plenty of water when arising.  This time is the worst time to have caffeine.  Caffeine is a diuretic and takes water away from your colon to the kidneys and bladder for evacuation, but your body needs water in the morning to keep up its repair and maintenance of the large intestine and colon.  Drinking lots of water at this time keeps you from getting constipated, gaining weight and looking older.

7 am – 9 am the stomach.  Most of us are up at this time and this is when the stomach is most active.  It is the best time to eat as the stomach will be at its best to digest the food.  Do not skip breakfast.  You can skip the rest of day of eating but do not skip a healthy breakfast–between these hours.  Eat your biggest meal of the day now!

Are you an early to bed person?  Do you like to retire between 9 pm and 11 pm?  This is considered the “triple warmer” time.  It is associated with the thyroid and adrenals and controls blood vessels and arteries.  From 9 to 11 pm, the blood vessels go into repair mode.  If you get headaches, feel tired or weak, this means that your blood vessels are in heavy repair.

Really early bedtime-from 7 pm – 9 pm, the pancreas and kidneys are repairing themselves.  If you have intense cravings for sweets or processed carbs, it is the kidneys regulating the pancreas.  If you do consume sweets during this period, you may notice low back pain which is a kidney symptom.  Kidneys, bladder and pancreas are all parts of the same whole.  If you need to nap early in the evening, it is just your pancreas, being directed by your kidneys, putting you to sleep so it can do the repairs.

7 pm – 9 pm is also associated with sex and the pericardium.  It associates with the brain, including the pituitary and hypothalamus and reproductive organs.  So, if you are wondering what is an opportune time for sex, this is it.

Now that you understand your nighttime activities, for a good night’s sleep, you must take care of these organs or you may find yourself tossing and turning as each one goes on automatic pilot.





10 responses to “Numbers affect your sleep-How?”

  1. Great article to review and remember. I enjoyed it just as much 5 years ago as I did today.
    And I really enjoyed Dr. Khelley’s elaboration–great stuff!
    Yesterday I gave a presentation to the Laguna Woods Cat Club about all the shenanigans, lies and lawsuits in the pet food industry. Cancer in dogs is an epidemic: 2 out of 3 dogs will die from cancer. Think there is a connection between disease and food? Treating the body templw with care and respect is SO important!
    Thank you again for the great resource! Have a great trip!

  2. Debbie says:

    Really enjoyed this & the responses.
    Thank You !

  3. Gail Minogue says:

    Hi Mary Ann,
    How true. Just going back East from the West Coast is tough. Thanks for reminding us of how we confuse our own bodies.

  4. Gail Minogue says:

    Thank you Khelly for all this great information. It is very important to our well being. I especially appreciate the books recommends. You are right care givers go through the same stuff. There is so much to learn about vibrations and the subtle connections between the glands and nature. We are just beginning to uncover some of the information that the ancients knew and practiced. There is such a vast accumulation of information to explore.

  5. Great write up Gail! I was a flight attendant for 30 years and flew international routes during my career. Trips overseas 3 or 4 times a month! We hardly knew if we were coming or going. It wasn’t until I stopped flying that I began to feel normal. Even the 2 to 3 hour time difference from Los Angeles to the midwest and east coast is confusing to the body, so one can’t even imagine how a 9 to 10 hour time difference affects us. This is Important information, thank you!

  6. To continue. Those wishing to work with a therapist can go to their own. Others who work with emotional physiology are those trained in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, NeuroEmotionial Therapy or Emotional Release Therapy. Good Books: Collin Tipping’s Radial Forgiveness, Feeling Buried Alive Never Die. . . Karol Truman; and my fave is Puppet or Puppeteer by Dr Nell Rodgers.
    Remember that those of us, working to help you, are going thru the same stuff you are, so be gentle with us. Care givers are trying to figure out the new paradigms in energy changes to move us to the next healing levels. Do your home work for healing and help us.
    People like Gail are giving us the clues using ancient modalities that have helped previous generation to navigate the energy storms.
    Thank you Gail!!

  7. Great Post Gail, Each meridian/organ also impacts emotions or visa versa. Gall Bladder is keeping your emotional act together, resentment, dealing with a galling, stubborn person or situation. Liver is anger, frustration, irrational behavior, having energy or aggression pushed at you that you don’t want. Lungs are related to grief, sadness, obsession, cloudy thinking or what can I do and anguish. Large intestine is having to be hyper vigilant, defensive, dogmatic, or wanting things different than the way they are i.e. not dealing with reality. Stomach is disgusted, stifled, nervous, despair. Spleen/pancreas deals with sweetness of life or lack of it, hopelessness, over concern, over sympathetic or lack of control. Heart is broken heart, broken dreams, hyper behavior in talk and laughter. Small Intestine is about self nurturing, self care, putting self first or not, lost , vulnerable, abandoned/deserted. Bladder is disappointed, inadequacy, pissed ( anger mixed with disappointment) timidity or lack of courage or bravery, feeling paralyzed to make changes. Kidneys are related to fear, dread, doom, more paralysis, contemplation/worry or being reminded of a bad past visiting on your present. The endocrine glands are feeling depleted, muddled, paranoid, insecure, can’t figure it out, living in fantasy. I call it dumbing down, numbing out with additions, don’t want to talk about it, deal with it, confront it or fix it. We want someone like the government or big daddy/ mommy to fix it. Journaling helps. Facing the issue helps heal it. Its an inside job.

  8. Fascinating. Thanks so much Gail. Once again, you are right on.

  9. Coleen Lumly says:

    Great information Gail! Thanks so much!

  10. Thanks for the great post. Being a health conscious person, after life of abuse, I got a lot of helpful information from it. Sleep to me is probably the most important aspect to a healthy life, but I never imagined all of those activities you described were going on. I like to go to bed between 7-9 pm and sleep for at least 8-9 hours. Then, arise early, because I find that getting up at 4-5 am is wonderful time of day to be creative and productive.

    All the best

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