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By Brianna Wiest

Have you ever gone through a period of time wherein you woke up at the same time every night? Do you have a time of day in which you become completely exhausted, irritated, or super productive? The answer could be in your energy meridians.

Traditional Chinese medicine instructs that all human beings are sustained by Qi (Chi) or life force energy. Qi, they believe, runs through meridians in the body. Like water, the energy must move through streams, or passageways, to reach different parts of the body. Energetic blockages create disruptions in the Qi, and that results in illness.

Qi cycles also correlate with times of day. This is why some people feel lethargic at a certain time in the afternoon, or wake up at the same time each night for days or weeks at a time.

The following chart aligns the time of day with the Qi energy center it affects. If you’re struggling with lower back issues, you probably feel it most around 7 p.m. If you’re struggling with breathing or throat issues, you’ll probably feel it most around 3-5 a.m.

What’s also important to note is that these physical ailments usually have emotional sources. For example: if you’re waking up at 4:30 – 5:00 AM, it could be because you’re having trouble creating the life you want (the throat is the center of creativity) or embracing all the love in your life (lungs represent the ability to be sustained by love).

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