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Boot camp for better sleep

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Do you worry yourself awake frequently? Cognitive behavioral therapy can help.

If you have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep, that's insomnia. It happens to everyone from time to time. But it can also become a chronic problem. For some men, fretting about whether they will be able to sleep—and the emotional upset of not being able to when they try—can itself become the root cause of insomnia.

"This heightened state of arousal is what's getting in the way," says Stephen Amira, a psychologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital who treats insomnia. "The more aroused you are, the more difficulty you have with sleep."

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