Do you find yourself waking up at the same time every night? If you could set your watch by what time you wake up during the middle of the night, it’s time to look at what your body and the energies flowing through it are trying to tell you.
Energy meridians have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine, particularly acupuncture and acupressure. According to Chinese medicine, the energy meridians in your body are connected to a clock-like system that energizes different parts of your body at various times throughout the day and night. For example, waking up between 1am and 3am night after night is a sign that energies located in the parallel part of your body are weak or entirely blocked.
If you struggle to sleep between 9pm and 11pm:
For many of us, bedtime falls between 9pm and 11pm. Although you may not wake up during this time, struggling to fall asleep can be a problem. In this case, your body is trying to tell you it is suffering from too much stress/ worries from the day. To help you fall asleep, try meditation, successive relaxation and muscle tension exercises, and positive mantras.
If you wake up between 11pm and 1am:
The hours of 11pm and 1am are linked to the period of time when the energy meridian of your gall bladder is most active, according to Chinese medicine. Emotional disappointment is associated with waking up during this time period.
If you wake up between 1am and 3am:
This energy meridian is l related to both the liver and the Chinese medicine body clock. Waking up between 11pm and 1am is linked to excessive yang energy and feelings of anger. To continue sleeping peacefully during this time, you should take ownership of and work through the cause of your anger, while also drinking cool water before bed.
If you wake up between 3am and 5am:
Linked to the energy meridian running through your lungs, waking up between 3am and 5am is related to feelings of sadness. If you wake up, try taking slow, deep breathes and expressing your faith in a Higher Power to help you get back to sleep. In addition, waking up during this time period could indicate that your Higher Power is telling you to pay closer attention to messages being sent to you that align with your higher purpose.
If you wake up between 5am and 7am:
At this time of the morning, energy flow is concentrated in the large intestines and is a sign you are struggling with an emotional blockage. To get yourself back to sleep, use the bathroom or stretch out your muscles.
The Link Between Brain Function and Waking Up During the Night
It almost goes without saying that when you suddenly wake up, your brain isn’t fully awake. The NewYorker.com reports that “one of the consequences of waking up suddenly, and too early, is a phenomenon called sleep inertia.” Sleep inertia, which was first named in 1976, refers to the period of time between waking up and being completely awake. In other words, this is the time when you feel groggy. The more abruptly you are woken up, the harsher the sleep inertia will be.
The brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is involved in self-control and decision making, is not fully awake when you suddenly wake up during the night. As a result, you simply can’t form intelligent thoughts, meaning this is not the time to make an important decision.
Waking Up and Fulfilling Your Higher Purpose
While you sleep, you are dreaming and also receiving messages from the Divine about your life’s path. Dreams can reveal details involving your spiritual journey and message, which is something everyone should be aware of. Just as emotional issues can present in your body as pain, your spirituality has the power to manifest in bodily form. This signal from your Higher Power is something you shouldn’t ignore.