Setting your internal clock

Setting your internal clock

If waking up in the morning is a struggle, your night’s sleep has been restless, and you find yourself crashing in the middle of the day, it is time to set your Internal Body Clock.

Your body has a built-in clock! Every organ in your body has a repair/maintenance schedule on a daily basis.

According to Ayurveda, the science of life living in harmony with the seasons and cycles of nature, can alleviate the stresses of life and minimize disease in the body. The Ayurveda system breaks the day into two 12 hour cycles, each with three parts, Kapha, Pitta, and Vata.

Each cycle is linked to a certain bodily function governed by Vata (air), which controls the nervous system, Pitta (fire), which controls digestion and metabolism, and Kapha (earth and water), which controls immunity and strength. Understanding how to connect a daily routine to these cycles will help you achieve optimal health.

  • 6 am to 10 am: Kapha time. The days cycle begins around sunrise; you are slow, relaxed, calm, heavy, and earthy. It is the time to exercise to overcome the heaviness of sleep and get the brain going.
  • 10 am to 2 pm: Pitta time. You are most active, efficient and productive. When you feel hot, sharp, and fiery your digestion is at its peak. That is why lunch should be your largest meal of the day.
  • 2 pm to 6 pm: Vata time. The light, dry, airy time when you feel active and creative. Dinner should be light and eaten before 6pm.

After which the 12 hour cycle begins again in the evening hours. 6 pm to 10 pm is Kapha time. As the sun goes down the body begins to slow down, relax and fall asleep with ease. It is best to go to bed at 10 pm. Pitta time again is at 10 pm to 2 am. Pitta keeps the body warm and uses the heat to digest food and rebuild the tissues. Vata time again is at 2 am to 6 am. When your mind is active and brain impulses are the highest.

The time from 10 pm to 6 am is the natural time of fasting for the body, which helps to reset the metabolism and helps the liver detoxify as it prepares for the next day.

How the organs work

Time Organ Function
1:00 am to 3:00 am Liver Cleansing the blood and detoxifying the body. Processing waste.
3:00 am to 5:00 am Lungs Respiration. Oxygenation.
5:00 am to 7:00 am Large Intestine Removes toxins from the night’s cleansing.
7:00 am to 9:00 am Stomach Repairing.
9:00 am to 11:00 am Pancreas/Spleen Enzymes from the pancreas continue the digestive process.
11:00 am to 1:00 pm Heart Food material enters the blood stream. The heart pumps nutrients throughout the system and helps with circulation.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Small Intestine Digestion and assimilation.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Bladder Moves waste and makes room for kidney filtration.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Kidney Filters blood and delivers useable nutrients to all tissues.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Pericardium Nutrients are carried to groups of cells, including capillaries and lymphatic cells.
9:00 pm to 11:00 pm Triple Warmer The endocrine system adjusts the homeostasis of the body based on electrolytes and enzyme replenishment.
11:00 pm to 1:00 am Gall Bladder Internal cleansing of all tissues, process cholesterol.