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Have you noticed that you are waking up at the same time every night?  Whether the time is 2am, 4:30am, or 6am, a pattern seems to form and your body starts waking at this time on a nightly basis.

“I have had numerous patients with this same concern, and because of this I felt compelled to share this blog post!” says Dr. Jessica.

Many think that there is something physically “wrong”, because you aren’t drinking late at night, you are avoiding caffeine and sugar, you have a relaxing bedtime routine, and you sleep in a dark room. Well, the problem here is not so much a health concern, but it is actually more of an energetic one.

Those who are familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) would easily tell you to look at the ‘Meridian Clock’.  Essentially, each time during the day is associated with a different organ system. For example, if you wake between 1am-3am, this time is associated with the Liver.  This is not necessarily telling you that there is something wrong with your physical organ, but there is an energetic imbalance which is rooted in that organ.

The 14 Meridians

There are 14 pathways, or ‘meridians’, throughout the body in which energy, or qi, flows. 12 of these are represented on the 24 hour Meridian Clock below. Each of these meridians have access points for the energy to enter your body, and this is where acupuncture needles are inserted.  If you view the clock below, you will notice that each 2 hour period of time is associated with a specific Organ, Emotion, Colour, Sound and other energetic aspects.  When the specific meridian is out of “whack” or the energy is blocked/stagnant, the emotion becomes more prevalent, and vice versa.  For instance, when using the example of the Liver, the emotion associated with its imbalance is anger, frustration or resentment. The Meridian Clock can be used if you are experiencing certain symptoms at the same time daily (ie. waking at 3am, experiencing the afternoon ‘slump’ at 2pm, anxiety in the morning at 8:30am).

Here are the emotions associated with each time and organ:

Liver – 1-3am – anger, frustration, resentment
Lungs – 3-5am – sadness, grief, loss
Spleen – 9-11am – worry, empathy, sympathy
Heart – 11am-1pm – joy, love, hate, lack of joy, anxiety
Kidney – 5-7pm – Fear


Here is the step-by-step actions you need to take to figure out your problem, and your solution:

Step 1: What time are you waking up?

When you are rolling over, or getting up to go to the washroom in the middle of the night, glance at the clock (e.g. 2:30am)

Step 2: Find your time on the Meridian Clock

Step 3: What organ is associated with that specific time? (e.g.Liver)

Step 4: What emotion is associated with that organ? (e.g. anger, frustration)

Step 5: Ask yourself the right questions and self reflect

Liver – What am I angry or frustrated about? Is there anything toxic in my life that I need to get rid of?

Lungs – Have I experienced a loss recently?  is there sadness underneath everything else?

Spleen – What am I worried about?  Am I over-thinking things?  What is overwhelming me?

Heart – Is there an underlying depression?  What is making you anxious?

Kidney – Am I making the majority of my decisions out of fear?  What am I afraid of?

Step 6: Take action!

Liver – Begin with a liver cleanse or detox (e.g. with herbs such as Dandelion or Milk Thistle). Remove toxic foods such as preservatives, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.  Now the emotional work:  Where is your anger/frustration stemming from?  Meditate and channel this energy.  Transform it to acceptance and understanding.  If you need to, VOICE what’s on your mind.  Too many times we stay quiet, and the liver HATES that.

Lungs – Grief is hard, especially when you have lost a loved one. Consult with a spiritual mentor or Counsellor to help you process your pain and move through the transition of loss smoothly.

Spleen – Make a schedule and stick to it!  If you are overwhelmed, write down everything you need to do to ‘get it out’ of your head. Trying to remember your lists is exhausting, and your adrenals are suffering.  If you are a worry-wort, relax.  When we worry, we experience the pain of that worry over and over again, and nothing has even happened yet!

Heart – If you are experiencing a depressed mood, seek guidance on whether these feelings are normal.  ’Depression’ for a lack of a better word, is just that… a word.  It does not define who you are.  If you need help pushing past this lull, sit with your emotions and make room for them.  We tend to suppress emotions by distracting ourselves.  LET THE TEARS FALL!  If you are on the other end of the spectrum and experiencing anxiety, try nervines such as Chamomile, Lemonbalm and Skullcap.  Magnesium is also one of the top minerals that can help with an overactive nervous system.  Identify situations that are making you anxious and take it one step at a time.  Remember that avoidance is not going to solve your problem.

Kidney – Every decision in life is based out of LOVE or FEAR.  The majority of the time, fear guides us.  Take a step back and really think about what you are afraid of.  Are you afraid of failure? judgement? losing money?  Know that every decision you make in life is the right one.  The universe is not out to get you.  JUMP!

So, if you are tossing and turning in the night, take a moment to check the clock.