TCM Meridian Wheel

Disrupted Sleep: What The Time You Wake Means

If you have been following or working with me for a while, you know that my preferred working modalities are tinged with Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. I mean, it’s been around for ages and is rooted in observation. TCM helps us to observe our bodies and know where it needs help, without all of the medical tests and invasive procedures.

That being said, if you are finding that you are not sleeping well at night and waking up at the same time, that may be your body’s way of telling you something needs attention. If you are my client, have you ever wondered why I always ask you about your sleep and whether you are waking up at the same time every night?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, sleep patterns are a direct result of Qi energy of the body and organ function. Noting what time you are waking each night can give indication to what organ or system needs support. In natural or holistic medicine, we use the Chinese Meridian Wheel, also known as the Body Clock, to look at sleep patterns and help isolate the system or organ that is affecting sleep and potentially needs support.

The Chinese Meridian Wheel shows the times and corresponding organ systems. Every organ is a yin or a yang with the organ directly across from it being its opposite. Energy for each organ ebbs and flows. So, making note of sleep disruptions can lead to you where you need support.

So, for instance, if you find that you wake at 2 am every night, that would indicate that your liver needs support. Likewise, if you find that you are tired everyday around 3 pm, your small intestine might need support. You don’t really need to know everything there is to know about TCM to note your waking habits, or time of day you always feel off, and translate that into where you might need help.

In natural health, we practitioners use these sorts of cues all the time to help identify where to begin helping our clients. Body awareness is one of the keys to optimal health.


For informational purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or ailment.


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