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This is how 2 a.m. has looked for me for the past few weeks: The entire house is quiet, but I've been awake in bed for nearly two hours, staring at the ceiling, reading the news (big mistake!), and ruminating over the ticking clock and all of my current fears — hence why I'm nowhere close to falling back asleep. Eventually — sometimes after a trip to the kitchen for some comfort food (ice cream always) or a glass of milk — my tension headache eases up, the sleepiness finally kicks in, and I'm headed toward a snooze. This isn't by any means my first time experiencing difficulty falling back to sleep after a bout of anxiety, but my curiosity as to why it's so hard to fall asleep after dealing with stress has never gone away. Dr. Michael J. Breus, PhD — a clinical psychologist, diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine — helped answer that for me. For starters, Dr. Breus says it's unlikely ..