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The Time You Wake Up At Night Reveals Your Emotional Conditions (And Health Issues Too)

The Time You Wake Up At Night Reveals Your Emotional Conditions (And Health Issues Too)

If waking up in the middle of the night has become the norm, it’s advisable not to ignore it as it may spell trouble for your body and mind. The Chinese Organ Body Clock developed by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors states that chi moves around our body at different times of the day and if there is a certain blockage in any organs, it could force you to wake up.

By knowing the reasons why you are waking up in the middle of the night, you can then find the solutions to better sleep which can range from relaxing the mind, proper food intake to exercising regularly or even releasing your anger. Check out below for the possible reasons as to why you are waking up at a particular time.

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Problems Sleeping Between 11 PM – 1 AM: Self-Esteem Issues

If one has a problem sleeping between this timing, it could mean you’re being too judgmental on yourself or others. According to the Chinese Medicine Body Block, being disappointed by a loved one can also trigger this stage of wakefulness, making you unable to sleep or forcing you to wake up during this time. Being mindful at times and not being too judgmental can help the situation and reading self-help books can also help in your confidence level.

Physically, having trouble sleeping during this time could mean that your gall bladder is trying to tell you to eat lesser fatty foods, smoke less and reduce caffeine. This is to ensure that your gall bladder is working at its optimum level and that it’s energy stores are not depleted by these harmful substances.

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Waking Up Between 1 AM – 3 AM: Guilt & Rage

According to the Chinese Organ Body Clock, guilt and rage are associated with this timing. The anger lingering from the heated argument you recently had with your partner or at work could be waking you up in the dead of night and having excess of these feelings can also be contributing to it. Releasing anger and changing your perspective to seek clarity could be the solution.

Waking up between 1 AM and 3 AM could mean that your liver is struggling. Knowing how important our liver is, problems with waking up during this time should be addressed as soon as possible. It could mean that your liver is being overworked with all the toxins to deal with and a solution could be readjusting your diet to healthier eating and reducing alcohol.

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Waking Up Between 3 AM – 5 AM: Grief & Sadness

Grief and sadness is linked to this timing. Waking up during this timing is suggestive of negative things that has happened in your life such as the death of a loved one or a breakup. Talking to family members or confiding in close friends can do a lot of good to your emotional well-being and although it can be difficult, finding ways to move on is important.

Physically, this is when our lungs collect the most oxygen to move it to other parts of the body to prepare it for a new day. Removal of toxins also happens in the process. If you find yourself coughing and waking up at this time, the solution could be to consume better foods and breathing in cleaner air.

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Waking Up Between 5 AM – 7 AM: Feeling Stuck in Life

Feeling stuck about the lack of growth in one’s life is also a critical emotional problem if you wake up during this time. A good way to solve this is to have a morning ritual that makes you happy and driven such as planning the day ahead, listening to uplifting music or simple meditating to clear the mind for the day ahead.

There might also be problems with your large intestine if you’re waking up during this time. Having bowel movements during this time is normal and to help with the process, it is always important to drink lots of water.

Troubleshooting Made Easy

If you are unsure at what times you are waking up during the night, have a notebook placed beside you and if there is ever a time you wake up and can’t get back to sleep, record that time in that notebook. By tracking our pattern of sleep, we are able to troubleshoot it and find the best solutions for better sleep in the future.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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