In Oriental Medicine, good sleep is the result of an emotionally, physically and energetically balanced body. Life stressors, anxiety and other factors disrupt the free flow of energy and metabolism, hindering the proper functioning of the whole system and resulting in poor sleep. Over time this cycle feeds upon itself causing more stress, causing worse sleep and so on, much like a traffic jam grows if not resolved. It is not so much that some part of you isn’t working as much as all the parts are not working properly together. Acupuncture and herbal remedies work to redirect your specific situation to create a state favourable for good sleep, much like a traffic officer can redirect chaos to create orderly traffic flow. Sleep can then become your ally and give you the energy and strength to reduce your stress and suddenly the cycle starts to go the other way, towards health. So protect your sleep!