Why do I keep waking up at 4am?

Do you wake up at the same time every night?

When I ask patients this, they often look at me with great surprise and say “Yes! I always wake up right around the same time every night.”

There is a chart in the exam room at Chiropractic First that links certain times of day to specific parts of your body. The chart is based on the Chinese meridians, which state that each 2-hour block of the day is governed by a different meridian. Meridians are energy currents that flow through your body. They are primarily addressed by acupuncture. However, the meridian system informs a type of chiropractic which I have studied.

The NET chart in the exam room includes all the hours of the day and their associated emotions.

The hours between 11pm and 1 am are governed by the gall bladder meridian. Emotionally that is associated with resentment. It can be your resentment or your response to someone else’s resentment. It can also be associated with knee problems.

The hours between 1am and 3am are governed by the liver meridian. Emotionally it is associated with anger and physically associated with your shoulder.

The hours between 3am and 5am are governed by the lung meridian. Emotionally it is associated with grief and physically with the muscles around your lungs.

The hours between 5am and 7am are governed by large intestine. Emotionally it is associated with being locked into a specific belief or way of thinking.

Like all other meridians, the emotional state can be either yours, or it can be your experience of other people. Perhaps you are really struggling with other people’s beliefs around covid, vaccines or reopening. Those frustrations about other people not thinking the way you want them to will be held in the Large Intestine.  Physically it is associated with your low back and pelvis.

If any of this sounds familiar, give us a call! 847-869-1313 or schedule online at chiropractic1st.janeapp.com

We have helped a lot of people with difficulty sleeping and the emotional components of their pain.


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