Our moods and energy levels fluctuate throughout the day, and the afternoon is often a low point for many. We asked Chinese Medicine expert Dr Marina Christov why this happens, and how to work with (instead of against) your body to alleviate that three PM dip.

To the Traditional Chinese medicine doctor, this question relates to the body clock, or the Chinese Meridian Clock. During a 24-hour period, each meridian is more active at specific times of the day. Every two hours the Qi (or energy) is strongest within a particular organ.

This means that if you have an imbalance in a specific organ system, it is more likely to ‘show up’ or present with signs and symptoms during the hours that correlate with that meridian. For example, the time of day for the bladder/kidney system is between three and seven PM.

This corresponds to the water element according to the Chinese Five Elements theory (water, earth, fire, metal, wood). The water element influences the endocrine fluidity, adrenal system and hormones among other functions.

If we are ‘running’ on stress-fuelled hormones, we will easily deplete our vital energy reserves. As a consequence, a person with this particular imbalance in their system may find the hours between three and seven PM correspond to their lowest time of day. They might feel particularly tired, sleepy, droopy, lacking in motivation, irritable or anxious and sometimes have an urgency to urinate to ‘let go’ of the ‘waste’ of the day. This is also why we crave sugar during this time as our energetic ‘battery’ is showing as ‘low’.

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