Do you have trouble sleeping? What could be a cause of insomnia? Often I hear complaints like…
- “I wish I could fall asleep before midnight”
- “I can never get a good night’s sleep. I wake up every night around the same time and it takes me hours to fall back asleep”
- “I always wake up so tired. I barely slept and my brain just doesn’t want to function”
Sound familiar? Sleep can be tricky. Did you know that you have a body process called the circadian rhythm? This is a process that does maintenance on different body systems or organs every 2 hours. For example, your body does maintenance on your eliminative organs during the night. Hence, your “second adrenaline” kicks in around 11pm, coincidently when it’s time to start doing work on the gall bladder. This “second adrenaline” or “second wind” kicks in, not for you to stay up all night with energy, but to provide your body with enough energy and stamina to get its job done while you sleep (and stay out of the way).
Ideally, you should be in bed by 10:00 – 10:30 PM, to give your body time to calm down, unwind and enter into sleep and REM mode by 11:00 PM. Then, your body activates “gall bladder maintenance” from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM. The gall bladder is responsible for emotions such as bitterness and resentment…a reason why you should not go to bed mad. Drinking a warm cup of lemon water can help, as well as diffusing essential oils such as lemon, pink grapefruit, yuzu, patchouli or cypress.
From there, the baton is passed to the liver which does its maintenance from 1:00 – 3:00 AM. The liver is also the organ of heat, and the emotion of anger. Have you noticed if you are ill, you tend to wake up between this time with a fever? Nausea, hot flashes, headaches or night sweats? Doing some meditation, and cold lemon water before bed can help. Diffusing scents, or spraying your pillow, bed linens and pajamas with chamomile (roman and German), lemon, geranium, helichrysum or mints can help reduce the heat.
Your body does maintenance on the lungs from 3:00 – 5:00 AM. Lungs are the organ that harbors the emotion of grief. Anyone sad, lonely or grieving tends to wake up during this time period, and sometimes with a cough, sore throat, sneezing or allergies. Diffusing scents such as eucalyptus, cinnamon, ravintsara, sweet orange, bergamot and sandalwood can be helpful.
Then, from 5:00 – 7:00 AM, your body passing the maintenance on to the small intestine. This is the reason you should wake up feeling rested, and eliminate the toxins gathered up during the night. You should greet your body upon waking up with a glass of water, positive thoughts, proteins and fats. After all, it did just run a “cleaning marathon” all night while fasting. The body needs hydration and replenishment. When the gut is unhealthy, or unhappy, you can experience cramping, indigestion, reflux and nausea upon waking. This was an inspiration for our Intestinal Soother which include anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic essential oils such as chamomile.
If you need some additional sleep aids, check out our aromatherapy products and herbal formulas in our online store. Enjoy a restful, healthy and rejuvenating sleep!Tags: circadian rhythm, Energy, insomnia, rest, sleep