Ensuring You Get a Good Night’s ZZZZZs!
November-December 2018 • Vol 3, No 101
It is so beautiful to witness nature going deep into her rest. We too, should be “resting” by slowing down and getting more sleep, beginning in the fall and especially in the winter cycles of nature. This initiates the process of building our energetic reserves as well as strengthening our immune system. Many people needlessly suffer because of a lack of sufficient, rejuvenating sleep. It is not just the number of hours. The quality of sleep — how deeply we go and the time cycle in which we get our sleep—are important determining factors in how we feel when the alarm goes off each morning.
Our health and spirit heal best in a night sleep cycle. In Chinese Medicine, the hours of 11:00 pm to 1:00 am benefit the gall bladder, 1:00 am to 3:00 am is when the liver cleanses, 3:00 am to 5:00 am is associated with the lungs, and 5:00 am to 7:00 am benefits the large intestine. The earlier you can go to bed during these long winter nights, the more highly beneficial it is. Nature is going to sleep earlier and rising later, and you should too! When you are awake and active, especially during gall bladder and liver time cycles, your body cannot detoxify and replenish.