Eating well, got your workout routine in ship shape and stress levels under control, yet sleep STILL evades you? Turns out there could be more to the story than simply having these wellness elements locked down.
Picture this: after a night of more vodka sodas than you would care to remember, you find yourself dead awake in the early hours. Sound familiar? We hear you. Turns out that the 1-3am are prime POWER-CLEANSING hours for your body. At least according to traditional Chinese medicine. Intrigued? Us too. If we are to believe the rituals of this ancient medicine, our body’s internal functioning runs in parallel with a super strict schedule all in the name of self-care. Certain times of the day and night are exclusively dedicated to the self-regulation and cleansing of specific areas and organs. We don’t know about you, but knowing this alone has given us a whole new level of respect for our bodies.
If you find yourself feeling off kilter at regular times every day, or struggle to sleep at a particular time, it might be time to get to know your Chinese body clock. Who knows, it might be just the key to decoding all of those unexplainable ups and downs.
THE LIVER : 1AM – 3AM | DEEP SLEEP mode activated + time for BLOOD DETOXIFICATION, REST + RECOVERY
THE LUNGS : 3AM – 5AM | DEEP SLEEP + DREAM & MEMORY modes activated. Time for LUNG DETOXIFICATION
LARGE INTESTINE : 5AM – 7AM | RISE + SHINE. Time for BOWEL RELEASING + MEDITATION
THE STOMACH : 7AM – 9AM | Time for BREAKFAST, followed by a WALK. CONCENTRATION levels at their PEAK.
THE SPLEEN : 9AM – 11AM | THINKING LEVELS at their CLEAREST. Time for spleen to convert food to Qi (Chinese for ‘vital energy’)
THE HEART : 11AM – 1PM | ENERGY LEVELS at their HIGHEST. Time for LUNCH + BLOOD CIRCULATION
THE SMALL INTESTINE : 1PM – 3PM | ENERGY LEVELS at their LOWEST + Time to NAP as body SORTS + ABSORBS food.
THE BLADDER : 3PM – 5PM | ENERGY LEVELS RESTORED. Body releases liquid waste. Time to WORK + STUDY.
THE KIDNEY: 5PM – 7PM | Body STORES NUTRIENTS + BUILDS BONE MARROW. Time for SUPPER
THE PERICARDIUM: 7PM – 9PM | PROTECTION mode ACTIVATED. Time for SEX + LIGHT READING + SELF-LOVE.
TRIPLE BURNER: 9PM – 11PM | ENDOCRINE + METABOLIC BALANCING mode ACTIVATED. Time for SLEEP.
– GALL BLADDER: 11PM – 1AM | SLEEP + CELLULAR REPAIR modes ACTIVATED. Time for body to BUILD BLOOD CELLS + RELEASE BILE.