Waking up at night is no problem for many people. They turn over and fall right back to sleep. Lucky people! For others, it’s a huge problem. As soon as they wake up, they are completely and totally awake. Whether it’s 1 am, 3 am 5 or 6 am, it takes them a couple of hours to fall asleep again. The result is lying awake for a long time, staring at the drapes, thinking with increasing irritation about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow: “I have to sleep, I need my rest, tomorrow I need to be fit, why can’t I fall asleep again!?”
If this happens every once in a while it’s not such a big deal, but an estimated 1 in 3 people in the Netherlands (NIPO, 1977) appear to suffer from problems with sleep, such as not sleeping through the night. That’s a lot!
Stay asleep with the MIR-Method
The MIR-Method contains some elements that will help you regulate your sleep better. Step 6 ‘Balance hormone system’. In the article about trouble with falling asleep, you read that it can have to do with a disturbance in the functioning of your Hypothalamus, a gray lobe in the brain that regulates the balance in your sleep/wake cycles by excreting hormones.
Shortage of Melatonin
Step 5 ‘Supplement all shortages’ involves supplementing melatonin (a sleep hormone), which helps you to stay asleep. Artificial melatonin is big business! It’s strange that so many people swallow melatonin, which is something the body itself can produce. Wouldn’t it be easier to tackle the causes so your body can produce this hormone itself?
The Other Steps
Step 7 ‘Fulfill basic needs’ includes the basic need for “Security” (see article 5). When you strengthen the feeling of security within yourself you will be able to sleep more peacefully. Steps 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9 support the other steps.
The Big Secret of the Meridians
Step 4 ‘Clear meridians’. This step helps when you wake up at night and aren’t able to fall asleep again. Step 4 is about the meridians. These are paths of energy in our bodies, which have been documented in Chinese medicine. Acupuncturists, shiatsu masseuses and foot reflexologists use them.
Each energy path has its own function. When these become disrupted, various physical but also emotional symptoms can develop. For example, a stiff neck, lower back pain, headache and poor sleep, or emotionally: indecisiveness, inability to cry or having a short temper. The meridians form a very interesting system because they are connected to one another, like a big circle of energy that goes round and round.
Each meridian within that system takes a turn at being the strongest, each for two hours. During the night, some of these meridians are also active, namely:
– Gall bladder meridian between 11 pm and 1 am.
– Liver meridian between 1 and 3 am.
– Lung meridian between 3 and 5 am.
– Large intestine meridian between 5 and 7 am.
– Stomach meridian between 7 and 9 am.
If you wake up around the same time each night, look at the clock and remember the time. In the morning you can then check which meridian is involved and see if there are emotions you haven’t dealt with yet.
Basically, each meridian becomes disrupted by a specific major emotion:
– Gall bladder meridian: Frustration.
– Liver meridian: Anger (often repressed anger).
– Lung meridian: Grief, a lot of crying.
– Large intestine meridian: Not being able to let go.
– Stomach meridian: Worry and nervousness.
This means that if you’re lying awake at night, there is some emotion that you haven’t dealt with yet. If you do the MIR-Method at that moment, you will deal with the emotion. You say the 9 steps while stroking your hand. By stroking, you give your subconscious the signal that: “Everything is okay, there’s nothing wrong, you can easily let go of the emotion”. You give, as it were, “Peace” to your grief, to your anger, to your feelings of guilt. By recognizing it, the emotion feels seen and can lessen and disappear.
This also works for me. I usually sleep very well, but last week I woke up 3 mornings in a row around 6 am, the time for the large intestine meridian. The first morning that I lay awake I realized that I had a big decision to make. With “big” I mean that it was a decision of the emotions, which meant letting go of something. But I was actually attached to the idea of everything staying as it was. I didn’t want a change!
In short, I “couldn’t let go” of the old situation. I treated myself with the MIR-Method and fell asleep again. I needed to repeat it 2 more nights which taught me that it was tough for me to let go! Each morning that I woke up too early, I did the 9 steps and I slept through the fourth night again. A few days later I was able to make the BIG decision.
A good night’s sleep? The basis for good health!
I wish you a wonderful night’s rest, without interruption and with nice dreams!
Question for you: what time do you usually wake up? Try doing the MIR-Method when you lie awake at night. Let me know below what happened!
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