How to Sleep Better According to Chinese Medicine

We all need good sleep. It’s likely, we could all use more sleep. There are slight variations in the amount of sleep we all need. Generally speaking, getting between 7-8.5 hours is the best for most people. Let’s look at some ways we can sleep better according to Chinese Medicine.

 

 

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We’ll start by talking about the Chinese Horary Clock. This clock indicates that each organ system has a particular time of day when its function is at its peak.
 
The Liver and Gall Bladder times are between 11 pm and 3 am. What is common for people with sleep issues is that they wake up during this time. The Liver plays a role in many of the body’s functions. In the Chinese system, it is also related to the eyes and our vision.
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The number one way to get better sleep according to Chinese Medicine

Research has found that the most effective way to set your circadian rhythm is through light exposure. Your circadian rhythm is your 24-hour clock that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Getting early morning light (sunrise) and sunset light is the best way to do this.
If you want to do yourself a giant favour this year, read the book WHY WE SLEEP. It’s life-altering.

Why you want to be sleeping between 11 pm-3 am

While eastern and western do not always overlap. It’s interesting when we see correlations between the two. Getting light of certain wavelengths at certain times of the day helps us sleep better. While we sleep the Liver/Gall Bladder is performing a plethora of things. from detoxing to helping bring down inflammation in the body, to regulating hormones. I won’t go into all the ways this corresponds to Liver function. The bottom line is, it is imperative that we are sleeping during this time in order for the Liver to function well.

How to tell if your Liver is out of balance

One of the ways you can tell if your Liver is off is if you are waking at these times and unable to get back to sleep. Your mind gets going, you start planning, making lists, or worrying. Understanding some basic themes when it comes to your system is crucial if you want to live in more harmony. 

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And finally, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite NeuroScientists, Dr. Andrew Huberman. He is a pro when it comes to the science of sleep.

Love for the light and the dark,

Paula

 

To learn more about how Chinese Medicine can help balance your body, mind & hormones through the use of diet, lifestyle, and acupressure:

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