If you keep waking up at the same time every night, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just an unfortunate coincidence.
However, it can reflect something significant about the energy flowing through your body. It can be a useful sign that helps you understand what you need and what obstacles may be standing between you and your goals.
The average person’s bedtime is between 9 and 11 pm, but it’s still common to struggle to fall asleep at this time.
If you encounter this problem, this is a sign you are wrestling with excessive levels of stress or worry from the day. To enjoy more restful sleep, do something relaxing for at least an hour before sleep. Yoga, meditation, positive affirmations and muscle relaxation exercises are all useful examples.
If you manage to fall asleep between 9 pm and 11 pm and yet somehow can’t seem to stay asleep, this suggests part of you thinks there’s something unfinished about your day or that you’ve been ignoring a crucial opportunity. Be sure to complete important tasks before retiring for the evening. Similarly, unwind before coming to bed (see the previous point!).
It can be helpful to keep a notepad by your bed. You can quickly scribble down anything that comes to mind. Then, rest in the knowledge that you can address a new idea or unfinished plans first thing in the morning. Try to make daily to-do lists which prioritize important tasks.
Ancient Chinese medicine has a lot to tell us about the body’s energy meridians. Some of this information can help you understand your sleep problems. Specifically, Chinese medicine indicates that if you wake up between 11 pm and 1 am then you may be dealing with emotional disappointment.
Are you judging yourself too harshly? Or maybe you are avoiding the task of processing a traumatic emotional event or finding self-acceptance difficult? Any of these issues could be the cause of your wakefulness. Journaling and therapy could help a great deal here.
There is a strong connection between waking up at that time and an undercurrent of anger. This is what Chinese medicine would call an excess of yang energy.
If anger is a common issue for you, drinking a glass of cool water before bed may help you.
However, in the longer term, it’s important to identify and then fully address the source of anger. If it’s related to an old wound, is there anything you can do to find closure?
Alternatively, perhaps you’re easily irritated by minor everyday things and would benefit from practicing positive thinking techniques.
Waking at this time can tell you several different things about your current state.
Firstly, 3-5am is a time associated with the energy meridian connected to sadness. Therefore, you might want to consider what you can do to practice better self-care before bed (and when you wake up). What do you find soothing? Is there any music you can listen to, or could you take a warm bath with lavender oil?
Secondly, for some people waking up at this time is an indicator that the universe is trying to direct your attention towards messages that relate to your higher purpose. This is an indicator that you’d benefit from refreshing your memory of the major Law of Attraction signs that suggest you’re at risk of missing new opportunities to manifest your intentions.
Of course, some people need to get up between 5 am and 7 am due to work constraints (or personal preference). However, for those who are free to sleep longer, waking unbidden at this time can indicate a general emotional blockage.
Sometimes, simple stretching stiff muscles and emptying your bladder can help.
At other times there’s a need to identify and face up to something that’s bothering you. Often, it will be an unresolved argument or relate to important feelings that you haven’t yet aired and are waiting to resolve. Again, a to-do list can help with this as a plan can reassure us that we will deal with the issue.
If you tend to sleep later in the morning due to working later shifts at work or just because you are a bit of a night owl, you might find you’re restless between 7 am and 9 am.
This may be because some part of your mind is aware that you’ll soon need to face up to whatever you may have put off the previous day. You can combat this by ensuring you end each day by rounding off your task list (rather than procrastinating).
So, while it’s not immediately obvious, different kinds of insomnia can indicate very different underlying problems and subconscious needs. However, note that it’s not a good idea to make any significant decisions when you wake up during the night!
Your brain’s prefrontal cortex (the area responsible for self-regulation and decision-making) isn’t properly fired up when you wake suddenly, and so rational choices are better left for during the day.