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Your Complete Guide to Taking the Best Nap of Your Life

Written by Brittany Risher on October 29, 2020 Longer naps may also interfere with the quality of your nighttime sleep, adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, who is double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine. “Some people can get into cycles of napping by day and sleeping poorly at night as […]

How to Identify Your Feelings with a Wheel of Emotions — and Why You Should

By Dominique Michelle Astorino, October 27, 2020 “The wheel of emotions is a useful tool for people to start to better identify their feelings, rather than saying ‘I just don’t feel good,’” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. Click HERE for the full article.

Here’s What That Sex Dream Really Means

By Dominique Michelle Astorino, October 19, 2020 “Dreams can always be affected by what is on your mind by day and before sleep,” agrees Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Without a doubt, having sexual feelings or thoughts about someone, or some fantasy can […]

Perfectionism and Anxiety: When the Enemy of Good is Better

October 13, 2020. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: “Perfectionism and Anxiety: When the Enemy of Good is Better” Most people aim to do well at whatever they set out to accomplish – whether as parents, partners, professionals, students, volunteers, or friends. But there’s a group for whom doing well […]

7 Under-the-Radar Signs Stress Is Impacting Your Sleep

By Julia Malacoff, October 11, 2020 Enter: Stress hormones. “Stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and even dopamine can be elevated during periods of stress, and they can remain elevated for some time, even after the stressor is gone,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a board-certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine. So once you get riled up […]

Waking Up With Anxiety at Night? Here’s What Experts Recommend

By Jessica Migala, Oct. 06, 2020 Drinking may have gone up in Covid-19 times, and alcohol isn’t good for your sleep, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual board-certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in Menlo Park, California. Alcohol may send you to dreamland quickly, but it also disrupts sleep in the second half of the night. You […]

What Is Somniphobia? What to Do If You Have Sleep Anxiety

By Jessica Migala, Oct. 01, 2020 Plan a transition period between awake time and going to bed. “Your brain needs to slow down to shift gears, and too many people try to be super productive to the last minute,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual-board certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in Menlo Park, […]

Can You Use Melatonin for Anxiety? Here’s What You Need to Know

By Lizette Borreli  Sep. 30, 2020 Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, adds that melatonin has been shown to improve sleep quality, which may also help the brain better restore itself at night and be better equipped to handle daily stress and dips […]

Why Morning Anxiety Is a Thing and What to Do About It

By Jessica Migala, September 29, 2020 Your body was built to deal with anxiety as soon as you open your eyes in bed, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual-board certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in Menlo Park, California. “In the morning, [the stress hormone] cortisol is elevated, and you have more adrenaline and an […]

Seven Hours of Sleep the New Gold Standard?

September 18, 2020. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: Seven Hours of Sleep the New Gold Standard? “The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” Those words — from playwright Wilson Mizener — represent one answer to the conundrum: How much sleep is needed each […]

Sleep Experts Call for End to Daylight Saving Time

By Elizabeth Millard, Fact checked by Andrea Rice, September 11, 2020 For many people, another issue is that it takes more than a few days to adjust, adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “In my practice, issues like insomnia, depression, and anxiety often get worse around the shift in daylight saving, […]