Ancient Wisdom for Healthy Sleep (Part II)
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Classical Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that has been handed down through generations. She provides information about Sleep.
Sleep is the natural result of the rate of energy flow. At 23:00 hours yin energy (qi) is stronger. This is the ideal time to return to the resting body, restoration and replenishment.
So people should not be awake later than 23:00 hours. This is also the time for the body to develop yang energy (qi), which provides energy for physical and mental activities during the day.
The qi of the body and the blood pass through each organ and system and feed throughout the day and night. The different hours of the night have a greater impact in different organs. For example between 1 and 3 in the morning the blood and qi are stronger in the liver and its meridians (energy network performance for liver function). Therefore sleeping during this time is critical for the liver to function normally.
According to Chinese medicine the liver has an incredible responsibility, physical, mental, emotional. The liver regulates energy: humor, digestion, menstruation, the dream, the sleep-wake switch, Vision, and flow of energy throughout the body. He is responsible for strategic planning, execution, and feeding of all connective tissues, ligaments from nails.
The liver is extremely sensitive to negative emotions such as anger and resentment. If not careful the liver, the person is irritable and agitated. Thus one can see how serious are the health consequences if one does not sleep at times that one should sleep.
The other organ system that is fed by the blood and qi are the lungs (strongest of the 3:00 to 5:00 in the morning). The lungs system defends against infection, and nourishes the skin. Apart, assists in the regulation of food and water metabolism.
Being emotionally stressed, eating unhealthy food, or exposure to environmental toxicity or infections disrupt organ systems and meridians and can create sleep disorders.
For example when the kidney energy (our greatest source of cooling energy) becomes too weak to balance the energy of the heart (our greatest source of thermal energy), the person can not sleep due to over activity of the thermal energy. These people then have insomnia.
When liver yang energy is not balanced by the liver yin energy, the person has nightmares, or sleepwalking, and has the restless leg syndrome. When the qi of the spleen and lungs are deficient, the body stores fat as well as phlegm that can block the airway causing obstructive sleep apnea.
So from the perspective of Chinese medicine Sleep disorders are a surface manifestation of underlying imbalances of the body's energies. These imbalances cause health problems usually improve with changing our lifestyle, including getting healthy sleep, eat well, meditate, exercise, and reduce stress.
For those who have more serious problems, treatments with acupuncture and herbal medicine are very useful and important. The least one should do is mask the symptoms only on medication.
Source: The Epoch Times