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: aromatherapist, aromatherapy benefits, aromatherapy bug spray, aromatherapy certification, aromatherapy certification programs, aromatherapy classes nyc, aromatherapy classes online, aromatherapy courses, aromatherapy courses online, aromatherapy definition, aromatherapy essential oil, aromatherapy essential oils, aromatherapy for acne, aromatherapy for allergy, aromatherapy for anxiety, aromatherapy for bug bites, aromatherapy for cold, aromatherapy for cough, aromatherapy for dogs, aromatherapy for hair, aromatherapy for headache, aromatherapy for pancreas, aromatherapy for poison ivy, aromatherapy for sleep, aromatherapy for sunburn, aromatherapy for weight loss, aromatherapy history, aromatherapy massage, aromatherapy massage therapist, aromatherapy nurses, aromatherapy oils, aromatherapy online course certification, aromatherapy recipe, aromatherapy training, aromatherapy uses, benefits of essential oils, candles, ce broker, certification, circadian rhythm, clinical aromatherapy, definition of essential oils, depression, diffuser, Energy, essential, essential oil bug spray, essential oil diode, essential oil for acne, essential oil for allergies, essential oil for bug bites, essential oil for cold, essential oil for cough, essential oil for dogs, essential oil for emf, essential oil for hair, essential oil for headache, essential oil for pancreas, essential oil for poison ivy, essential oil for sleep, essential oil for sunburn, essential oil for weight loss, essential oil guide, essential oil recipe, essential oils for anxiety, frankincense essential oil, Holistic Aromatherapy, insomnia, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, mountain aromatherapy, mountain essential oil, naha, naha aromatherapy, national association holistic aromatherapy, ncbtmb, necklace, nut free carrier, nut free essential oil, oils, online aromatherapy certification, patchouli essential oil, peppermint essential oil, professional aromatherapy, pure aromatherapy, pure essential oils, rest, rose essential oil, rosemary essential oil, sleep aroma therapy, what are essential oils oregano essential oil, what is an essential oil, what is aromatherapy, what is essential oil