According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, chronic sleep disorders are usually caused by a yin-yang imbalance resulting in the disruption of the flow of energy in your body. This energy is called Qi and it is believed to be everywhere on Earth. When you are in good physical condition, Qi is flowing freely through your body, but if you have health problems, then there is probably a Qi blockage in a certain internal organ that may wake you up during the night.

We found out how our body works in the eyes of Chinese medical practitioners and what could be the reason why we are waking up at the same time every night.

What is the Chinese Meridian Clock

The Chinese Organ Body Clock assumes that Qi circulates through the twelve principal meridians in your body which are related to certain internal organs. This cycle usually takes 24 hours while each of your body’s systems are given 2 hours of Qi charge time. At night, Qi is drawn inward in order to recharge our bodies. So, if your sleep is always disrupted at a particular time, there is probably an imbalance in one of your organ systems because the energy is not able to pass through it, which in turn makes you wake up.

21:00-23:00 – Thyroid

During the early stages of sleep, our endocrine system rebalances itself and our blood vessels become more active. This means that any health problems associated with the immune system, thyroid gland, adrenal glands or metabolism could keep you awake. Difficulty with falling asleep during this time could also be a sign of excess tress and worry during your day. To improve the quality of your sleep at this stage, you can practice meditation, do bedtime yoga or do successive muscles tension and relaxation exercises.

23:00-01:00 – Gallbladder

Your gallbladder produces bile, which is needed for digestion and absorption to break down all of the fat that you have been consuming throughout the day. Waking up during this time could mean that you probably have gall stones or that you need to adjust your fat intake and eat more healthy oils. The gallbladder is also associated with emotional disappointment, poor self-esteem, bitterness and resentment. So, in order to get back to your sleep, you should practice unconditional self-acceptance and forgiveness towards others.

01:00-03:00 – Liver

During this time, your body cleans itself on its own, removing waste materials from the blood and other tissues, that is why waking up at this part of the night could mean that your lives has too many toxins to deal with. To help it to perform its function properly, try to drink more pure water and cut down on alcohol and caffeine.

Waking up during this time could also mean that you are full of negative emotions, such as anger, frustration, guilt and rage which have to be resolved if you want to restore your sleep back to normal.

03:00-05:00 – Lungs

Your lungs are the first organs that start filling with Qi by collecting oxygen and moving it to all of the other systems in preparation for the new day. If you keep waking up during this the period between 3 AM and 5 AM and have symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or nasal congestion, then this might indicate that you have excess mucus or poor diet. The lungs are also connected to the emotions of sadness and grief, so waking up at this time could be a sign that you need to let go of these feelings. In this case, doing some breathing exercises can help you sleep better.

05:00-07:00 – Large intestine

If you are constantly waking up during this time of the morning, the energy flow that is concentrated in your large intestine, which is clearing waste from your body, is waking you up. If there is an imbalance in this organ, you might experience constipation, weight gain or even premature aging. To make your large intestine work properly and to regulate your sleep cycle, you should stretch your muscles, drink plenty of water and use the bathroom immediately after waking up.

This time is also associated with emotional blockages, the feeling of being stuck, defensive or impatient about your life. So, constant waking up might be a sign that you need to let go of all of your emotional burdens.