My patients know that I am very strict about bedtime routine if not anything else. I want everyone in bed and deep sleep by 11pm right through until at least 4am. This is the time our body makes most melatonin but there is something else just as important and if not more. Between 1-3am, we must be in deep sleep as it is Liver time and the time Liver needs to detox. If you are not asleep, and Liver cannot detox, you will feel it in your health starting with minor issues for which your body will give you signs and signals. If you continue to disobey your Liver, my gosh, you had better be ready for war and I really do mean this. Liver will go on the rampage attacking your Stomach and Spleen leading to all types of digestive and immune dysfunction, menstruation issues for women including PMS and so much more.
Our body runs an internal system which regulates Qi (vital energy) throughout it in 2 hour organ and meridian specific intervals. This is known as our circadian rhythm. In TICM we refer to it as nature's body clock.
Between the hours of 1-3am is the time of the Liver organ system, when it is working to detoxify the body and regulate Qi (energy), Blood and emotions.
Waking up during this time signals a disharmony or dysfunction on both emotional, spiritual and physical levels. One condition does not exist without the other. Practice these two exercises daily.
Rub the Liver meridian located inside the leg in a downwards motion, on each side for 3-10 minutes.
Rub the Liver meridian points, LIV14 & LIV13) located on the Stomach. Rub in a downwards motion for 3-10 minutes.
If you wake up during this time of the night, you can rub the points to help you sleep.