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