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Do You Wake Up At The Same Time Every Night? Here Are Some Surprising Reasons Why
If you find yourself waking up every night at the same time, you are not alone. After you woke up the first night at 3:00 a.m., you probably didn’t think anything of it. And the next night when you woke up at exactly the same time, you probably just thought it was a little weird. By the third night, you may have started wondering if you were every going to sleep through the night again.
There are many reasons why we wake up during the night. In fact, most people don’t sleep a full eight hours without waking up at all. We wake up to go to the bathroom, we may be stressed out, we have a bad dream, or we have an upset stomach. These are all conditions that you have control over and can resolve. It is when you wake up at the same time every night that it becomes an unusual situation. There are many explanations for this syndrome. Read some of the following reasons this happens and you may find the one that best pertains to your situation.
According to Traditional Chinese medicine, we unknowingly hold our bodies to a subconscious clock that keeps track of our energy meridians. These meridians keep track of our blood supply, fluids, and the quality and levels of our energy, or Qi. This clock revolves around your bodily functions every two hours with each segment representing a different organ or emotional state.
From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Most people try to get to bed during this time period, so if you fall asleep right away and wake right back up, you may be experiencing stress. It could also be your immune system trying to let you know that it is feeling compromised and you should be careful.
Solution: Try a guided meditation tape so you can gently relax and get back to a sound sleep. Stressful situations are not helped by a bad night’s sleep.
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From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
This time period represents the health and wellbeing of your gallbladder. If you wake up during this period, you may be eating too many fatty foods and are having trouble digesting them. It also means you may being too judgmental and need to lighten up a little with yourself and others.
Solution: Rethink your diet and cut down on how much fat you are consuming. This could help keep your cholesterol levels down and reduce your chances of a heart attack.
From 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Your liver is on duty during these hours, and it is doing its job by detoxing your system. The emotions attached to this time frame include feelings of anger and resentment that have gone unresolved for too long.
Solution: Pay attention to what you are putting into your body so your liver doesn’t have to work overtime to keep your system running smoothly. Examine your feelings, and deal with any issues you may have been putting on the back burner.
From 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.
If you wake up during these hours you may want to take a few deep breaths. This is when your lungs are recharging. If your breathing becomes labored, you are being reminded to relax and go with the flow of energy that is directing you.
Solution: Spend more time during the day focusing on your breathing. Learn to focus solely on the air that enters and exits your nose while you are performing deep breathing exercises.
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From 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Your large intestine is ridding your body of everything that has passed through your digestive system during the day. Your blood glucose levels are working to become evenly distributed so you can start your day off right. Even your blood pressure numbers are settling into place.
Solution: You may want to spend a few minutes before you go to bed each night relaxing so your body can properly get into alignment.
If you have had trouble sleeping and have come to a point where you have to have a drink in order to get to sleep, you could be in trouble. When you first begin to use alcohol to get to sleep, it works like a charm … but only at first. The alcohol will lull you right into a nice dreamy state of mind, but when your body begins to metabolize it and it burns off, you will wake up and be right back where you started.
Solution: Try something different, like warm milk to get your body relaxed enough to get to sleep. Don’t drink anything that will stimulate your metabolism before going to bed, including coffee, tea, or soft drinks.
You are a creature of habit
If you have a regular routine you probably go to work every day, come home, eat dinner, watch a little TV, go to bed, then get up and do it all over again. Your body has its own internal clock that lets you wake up at the same time every morning. You may find that you oversleep every once in a while, but chances are there were some changes to your regular routine. With this same internal clock, you may wake up one night at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom, and on your way back to bed, you decide to check your emails on your phone. Don’t be surprised if the next night you wake up at 3 a.m. again.
Solution: Next time you wake up at 3 a.m., don’t do anything except get back into bed and close your eyes. Your chances of getting back to sleep may seem a little difficult, but just keep your eyes closed and before you know it you’ll be waking up in the morning again after successfully breaking that habit.