Rumi is quoted to have said: “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep.”
Energies flow through our body without us being aware of them. According to ancient Chinese medicine, the energy meridians of the body are connected to a clock system and these meridians energize different parts of our body at different times of the day.
So, if you are waking between 3.00 am and 5.00 am every night, it might signify that the energies in the corresponding part of your body are blocked or weak. If you are waking up repeatedly at the same time every night, it is something you need to pay attention to.
Here’s what waking up between respective hours every night may mean:
– Unable to fall asleep between 9.00 pm and 11.00 pm
People usually go to bed during these hours and failing to fall asleep may indicate excess stress and worries from the day. Positive mantras, meditation and other relaxation tools might help you sleep.
– Waking up between 11.00 pm and 1.00 am
Ancient Chinese medicine says the energy meridian of the gallbladder is active during these hours. You may be emotionally disappointed. To get back to sleep, it is suggested you involve in unconditional self-acceptance and forgiveness of others.
– Waking up between 1.00 am and 3.00 am
Here, the energy is focused on your liver. Waking up during these hours is associated with angry emotions and excess yang energy. If you want to rest peacefully through the night, try drinking cool water and owning up to the situation which angered you.
– Waking up between 3.00 am and 5.00 am
During these hours, the energy meridian runs through the lungs and the emotions of sadness. Slow, deep breathing may help here and you can also express trust in your Higher Power to help you. It is also considered a sign that your Higher Power is calling upon you, alerting you to pay attention to the messages being sent to align you with your higher purpose.
– Waking between 5.00 am and 7.00 am
It is said that the energy is focused on the large intestines during these hours and they are associated with emotional blockages. Stretching muscles or using the loo might help you get back to sleep.
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This is how your brain works when you wake up in the middle of the night
NewYorker.com says: One of the consequences of waking up suddenly, and too early, is a phenomenon called ‘sleep inertia’. First given a name in 1976, sleep inertia refers to that period between waking and being fully awake when you feel groggy. The more abruptly you are awakened, the more severe the sleep inertia.
So, our brains aren’t fully awake when we suddenly wake up in the middle of the night. Our prefrontal cortex, part of the brain responsible for decision making, isn’t working. Hence, we should avoid making serious decisions during these hours.
Waking up and fulfilling your higher purpose
When you sleep, you dream and you might as well receive messages from your Higher Power about your path. Being a human on a spiritual journey, you need to be aware of the messages the Divine is trying to send you through your dreams. Spirituality can manifest itself physically as well. We possess a divine spark which is being called upon when you wake up. You need to tune into this signal from the Higher Power.
Have you heard of ‘ascension’? It is the belief many of us share. Many of us believe that we were brought to this world to learn and grow as humans, become the best versions of our selves. This process of moving towards the higher level of awareness or consciousness is what ascension is.
Even as someone who doesn’t believe in ascension, if you repeatedly waken up during these hours, it is literally a wake-up call. You need to pay attention to it. Your Higher Power is sending you messages and you need to tune into them.