Get better sleep – how the Chinese meridian clock can help

Using the Chinese meridian clock can help you understand and fix your sleep issues.

We all know people who can’t get to sleep, but that’s not the only sleep problem. All too often, people get off to sleep easily, but find they wake at a certain time each night.

With the Chinese clock, each organ of the body has its own meridian. It also has a specific time of day or night, and emotions connected with it. If you’re waking up at the same time every night, you can check what organ and meridian that is. Then understand what in your life is affecting that. Now you know what challenge you need to tackle. So for example:

11:00pm to 1:00am – gallbladder

The gallbladder relates to repressed anger and resentment. Maybe you’re having bitter and hard thoughts which you’re not sharing.

A common example is when you have kids who interrupt the flow of your work and your day. You don’t necessarily blame them for that. You may want to be there for them. But at the same time you have your own priorities and needs, which you never get to. That could start affecting your gallbladder meridian, so then you find yourself waking up at this time of night.

Of course there are plenty of other reasons you might be resentful – so don’t just blame your kids! Have a think about what’s happening in all areas of your life.

1:00am to 3:00am – liver

The emotion of the liver is anger and frustration. That’s a bit different from resentment – it’s not necessarily repressed!

Another issue here is toxins. The liver cleans toxins out of the body. So if you’ve been drinking too much alcohol and having other chemicals, that can be related to waking in this period. You may need to cut out or cut back

So it can be either emotional or lifestyle – or a combination. Look at your life and see what you can fix.

3:00am to 5:00am – lung

The emotion of the lungs is sadness and grief.

You might have lost somebody. Not just to death, you could also be mourning the loss of a friendship, or of a time in your life.

Grief is natural. It does heal slowly. It’s not as easy to fix as giving up the drink, but if you know why you’re waking up, it can help a bit.

5:00am to 7:00am –large intestine

This is your bowels. Be honest, how many of us wake up in the morning and the first thing we do is empty our bowels.

It’s the same thing, emotionally. Try letting go of stuff you don’t want or need, rather than holding on.

It’s really quite literal! Letting go, change and transformation. Final separation!


It’s not just night either. There may be particular times of the day where you feel tired and have no energy. That’s also related to your organs on the Chinese clock.

The 3 o’clock slump is really common. That’s the start of the bladder’s time, then directly after comes the kidney. Two water elements.

Emotionally, the bladder is anxiety. So people might get anxious. And the kidneys are connected to fear. So if people have a lot of fear that can affect your kidney energy.

The Chinese believe people should experience every emotion during the day. But sometimes people get stuck in one or two emotions. They feel those most of the time and sometimes they don’t feel any of the other emotions. Which means they’re not balanced.


So when someone comes to me saying they’re waking up at the same time every night, how do I help?

First off, I suggest it’s related to whatever emotion is linked to that time. Usually, they find that there’s a resonance in their lives? They say, “Ah!” Then they go into the story of what’s been happening lately and why they’ve been feeling that way.

Sometimes just listening is enough to help. They just need a guide to get started. Sometimes I give them some advice as to how to transform things so that the sleep’s not affected. An acupuncture treatment where, I focus on meridians where there’s an issue, is very helpful.

General Sleep Advice

Also, in terms of general advice, there’s a few things you can try at home.

Baths and Showers

Bathing just before bed is a great way to relax yourself. It can also help wash away cares, so they don’t wake you up later in the night!

Showers are quicker if you’re short of time, but personally I prefer a bath. With a tub of water, you can add things like Epsom salts, which is very rich in magnesium. That helps relax the muscles – and you! – before you go to sleep. You can also put a combination of different oils in for your bath. Either general relaxing ones like lavender, or a I can make up a mix just for you and your needs.

Meditation tapes

Listening to these before you go to sleep can help. It’s a break and quiet time, which can help you relax. But more than that, it gives you some positive thoughts and a good attitude for tomorrow. So you leave all the disasters of the day behind, have more positive dreams and create a better tomorrow.