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Do you wake up every night at the same time? This is what it means

Have you recently been waking up around the same time each night? Well, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), that time could signify an imbalance in a specific organ system. TCM theory believes that our spiritual well-being and physical health are directly connected to internal systems and rhythms, which help govern our bodily functions.

Lack of Sleep: Effects of Sleep Deprivation

We all know that a good night’s sleep is crucial for your body to regulate and function properly — but just how important is sleep?  In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury.

Research has shown that even a few days of sleep disruption can cause (1):

  • Weight gain
  • Increased caloric intake and appetite
  • Increased inflammation (and inflammatory markers)
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased cortisol levels (a stress hormone)
  • Increased blood sugar levels and insulin

Long-term sleep impairment can lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality (2).

 

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