It happens, we wake up at the same hour, several nights in a row. To be clear, if it does happen, it’s not a problem. In fact, there is a way that we can use it to help us figure out whether it’s a sign that something is wrong.
The time of day (or night) will determine how energy flows through different parts of the body. When there is a problem, the natural flow of energy suffers interference and it is possible that the body may be reacting to that interference and sending us a message. If you are awake, you may experience mild pain or mood swings, and if you’re asleep, you may suddenly wake up.
This intriguing interpretation comes to us from the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine. This ancient wisdom states that Ch’i (or vital energy) flows in our body at its maximum level during certain hours of the day, which corresponds to particular organs. According to this tradition, there is a continuous exchange of energy between people that seems to involve our thoughts, Heaven and Earth, our emotions and our body. “The Body Clock Guide” (a bestseller on the subject) claims that from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., the key organ to monitor is the gallbladder. From 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., instead, the organ is the liver, from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. the lungs, from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. the large intestine, and after 7 a.m., the stomach.
According to the symbolism suggested by this Chinese tradition, gallbladder disorders are linked to obsessive thoughts and indecision, liver disorders are linked to anger, lung disorders to emotional pain, large intestine disorders to anxiety and stomach disorders are linked to excessive worrying.
It is clear, however, that if we sleep on a “worn-out” pillow or mattress, our disturbances throughout the night have nothing to do with the health of our organs.
Even those who prefer not to believe in this Oriental philosophy, which is far removed from the materialistic viewpoints typical of Western thought, can draw some suggestions as to the reason why they wake up in the middle of the night and feel a certain way.