How To Use Your Body Clock For Healthier Sleep
Below are two tips for using your internal body clock and sleep to create better health. Sleep is the most common way we get rest and relaxation – one of the pillars of health. Sleep plays a vital role in good health, quality of life and longevity.
Recent research at Stanford University shows that a healthy body clock (circadian system) is also necessary for learning and remembering new information.
When it comes to your health, sleeping for certain hours during the night gives a higher return on investment than others. The best quality of rest is before midnight and during the early hours of the morning. So sleeping from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am is better for you than sleeping from 1:00 am to 9:00 am.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and their Five Element model every organ has a specific type of energy and is associated with a 2-hour time period when it is functioning at its best. While all organs are obviously essential for health, certain organs take on a leadership role. The liver is known as the ‘captain’ of the organs and the gall bladder acts in a supportive capacity. Both the gall bladder and the liver are classed as wood energy and because of its strength wood energy requires proper resting.
The time when the gall bladder is at its best is from 11:00 pm to 01:00 am. The liver is at its best from 01:00 am to 03:00 am. To take full advantage of this time of healing and regeneration you need to be sound asleep. Obviously, this isn’t always possible, especially if you do shift work. The aim is to do so as often as you can and balance this by strengthening the other Pillars of Health.
Your Internal “Body Clock” & Sleep Cycles
Your internal Body Clock determines the time you fall asleep and wake up. Once asleep your body goes through a series of cycles, some of which are extremely important for your health. As with the tip above I won’t go into too much detail here. The important point is that, without becoming an expert, you can take advantage of the science of sleep cycles to get the best quality sleep. Here’s a fun, free tool you can use called Sleepyti.me.
Sleepyti.me is a bedtime calculator that helps you calculate when’s best to fall asleep by counting backwards in sleep cycles. It’s able to determine your bedtime based on the time you want to get up. Alternatively, if you’re tired and want to go to bed at a certain time, it will let you know the ideal time to wake.