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The truth about Weight Watchers

By K.M. Langevin, Dec. 30, 2020 “Dieting alone is part of a much more complex system,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, psychologist and sleep specialist, told Health Digest. “Behavioral change, with the aim of overall health and sustainability, can lead to much better outcomes.” That bodes well for WW, as it offers training and tools to help […]

When Is It Too Much? Managing OCD During COVID

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, Dec., 22, 2020 Imagine trying to tell yourself not to think about the coronavirus. Impossible, right? But everyday virus prevention measures such as handwashing and physical distancing also happen to overlap tremendously with the type of circular thinking and repetitive behaviors known all too well by those with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. Click HERE for […]

Surprising ways marriage can affect your health

By K.M. Langevin/DEC. 22, 2020 “Humans are essentially social creatures,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, dual board-certified psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist, explained to Health Digest. “And we do better when we ‘belong,’ or have a purpose.” Dimitriu highlighted a study about “Blue Zones,” or places where people live the longest. These are also “places where there […]


By Lauren Vinopal, DEC., 17, 2020 Psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist Alex Dimitriu agrees, describing insomnia as “a finger-trap problem, where the harder you force sleep, the worse sleep can be.” This is why many doctors are careful to clinically diagnose insomnia, preferring instead to focus on the main symptom of not being able to fall or […]

Ever Wondered About Lucid Dreaming? Experts Explain the Risks and Benefits and How to Do It

December 15, 2020 by Jenna Wirth In simple terms, lucid dreaming can feel like a “virtual reality” experience, Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified physician in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told POPSUGAR. People who experience lucid dreaming can “control the content and interact with the dream, whereas […]

Working around stress

By Jackson A. Thomas, Dec. 2020 “The pandemic has worsened stress, as boundaries between home and work have been blurred,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California. “Kids, pets, home life and other distractions now interfere with people’s attempts to work. The lack of social contacts […]

If you can’t fall asleep at night, this is probably why

By Kelsie Calderon, Dec. 9, 2020 We all know that smoking isn’t good for the lungs, but it could be what’s keeping you up late at night too. While many people turn to cigarettes in order to calm them down, “nicotine in cigarettes can have a stimulating effect,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, dual board-certified psychiatrist and […]

What Do Dreams About Someone Dying Mean?

Written by Ann Pietrangelo on December 7, 2020 “The goal ultimately may not be to avoid having such dreams, but rather approach them with curiosity to better understand them,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California, told Healthline. Recurring dreams about death can be the result of ongoing stress and unresolved issues. Try to identify […]

The best sunrise alarm clock of 2020

By Suzy Hernandez, Nov 24, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, told us that the gentle stimulus from sunrise alarm clocks starts getting the body out of deeper sleep stages, and closer to wakefulness. “Whether it’s a gradual sound or light alarm, wake-up lamps can help better prepare the […]

7 Common Deficiencies Most Of Us Have Without Even Realizing It

By Lena Zhu, November 24, 2020 Surprised you here, didn’t I? Sleep deprivation is a common issue in adults. According to Dr. Alex Dimitriu of SleepFoundation.org, sleep deprivation affects around one-third of American adults and has worsened in recent years. Sleep is incredibly important to our mental, physical, and emotional health. Not getting enough sleep can […]

Tips for Finding the Sleep Routine That’s Right for You

By Jessica Migala, Medically Reviewed by Samuel Mackenzie, MD, PhD, November 24, 2020 The more consistent you are with your sleep the better you’ll feel — and the easier sleep will come, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual-board certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in private practice in Menlo Park, California. “Everyone thinks that sleep is a one-night commitment, but the […]

You’re Probably Sleep Deprived — Here’s How to Know

By Dominique Michelle Astorino Nov 13, 2020 Depending on caffeine may seem like an obvious sign, but it bears emphasizing. “If you’re drinking more than one cup of coffee or Red Bull to get through the day, chances are, you’re sleep-deprived,” says Dr. Dimitriu. The other one? Yawning and dreaming of laying down on the couch in your […]

What to Say if Things Get Political at Thanksgiving Dinner

Mackenzie Dunn, Nov 10, 2020 “The goal is to be non-violent, and not try to convince everyone else of your opinion,” says board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, M.D. “When someone is intense or passionate, they want to evoke the same response in you,” he says. Don’t fight back. Instead, Dr. Dimitriu says to move on and proactively […]