Entries by Melissa Chefec

Why You Sometimes Twitch Awake Right Before You Fall Asleep

By Kate Bratskeir, 01/17/2020 Sleep starts are common in healthy people, but can be exacerbated by fatigue, sleep deprivation or stimulant use (caffeine and beyond), added Alex Dimitriu, a double board-certified expert in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. For the most part, hypnic jerks are benign and nothing to worry […]

A (Former) Night Owl’s Guide to Becoming a Morning Person

By Harry Guinness, Jan. 16, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of the Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine clinic, explained it like this: “Long days leave us tired and exhausted, but the reality is, our days would be less hard, and less exhausting, if we weren’t so tired through them. The trouble with being a night owl […]

8 Natural Sleep Aids That Will Actually Help You Rest, According to Sleep Specialists

By Kara Cuzzone,  JAN. 15, 2020 It’s no coincidence that you pass out on the couch every time you cozy up with your weighted blanket. According to the National Sleep Foundation, that’s because they decrease anxiety, increase serotonin levels and reduce restlessness for some people. “I’ve had a number of patients report benefit from these,” confirms Alex Dimitriu, […]

New Research Shows How Sleep Clears Toxins from the Brain

January 14, 2020. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today about how sleep clears toxins from the brain. We’ve long known that sleep is as important to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to daytime functioning – to our mood, energy, concentration and reaction time and over […]

Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled Since 1999, Here’s Why

by George Citroner on January 8, 2020 “I think it’s important to recognize what alcohol is. Alcohol is effectively, in many ways an anesthetic, alcohol makes you feel less, not feel more,” Alex Dimitriu, of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, told Healthline. “The question then becomes, ‘What is it that we’re trying to anesthetize?’ Because I […]

Romantic Relationships: When to Say Goodbye

by Brian Krans, January 8, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, said that you can also support your partner by offering “gentle, nonjudgmental supervision and guidance” and encouraging healthy behaviors. These behaviors include: getting sufficient, regular sleep using minimal substances exercising performing simple, daily mood tracking practicing self-awareness taking medications as prescribed Click HERE for the full article.

Bipolar Disorder Has a Softer Side

1/6/2020. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology on the topic of Identifying bipolar disorder’s “softer side”. It’s true. Bipolar disorder has a “softer side,” and that’s what makes the condition’s diagnosis all the more challenging in people who have a wide array of what might be considered “finer symptoms.”  Classic bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic, extreme mood swings—from high “highs” […]

8 Wellness Trends We’d Like To Leave Behind In 2019

By Julia Ries, 12/10/2019 On top of that, easy access to the IVs reduces the consequences of heavy drinking. If we’re not paying for our alcohol-infused mistakes with a brutal hangover, how are we ever going to learn? “While likely an effective way to rehydrate, the process of getting too drunk, hungover, to the point of requiring nearly […]

Is It Postpartum Depression or the “Baby Blues”?

November 14, 2019. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today about Postpartum Depression. Giving birth is one of the most joyous experiences of a woman’s life. Everybody says so. Family, friends, books, magazine articles. Everything she knows has prepared her for the elation that will accompany the arrival of her baby. And yet, within days […]

How to fall asleep faster, according to sleep doctors

Updated Nov. 13, 2019 By Wendy Rose Gould You’ve heard this advice ad nauseam, but there’s a reason meditation has been prescribed to treat the human condition since roughly 1500 BCE. “The art of falling asleep is actually not trying so hard,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, who’s board-certified in both psychiatry and sleep medicine. “Knowing how to clear your thoughts and […]

Weighted blankets: what are the benefits, and do they work?

November 2019 “The science behind weighted blankets points to a ‘cocooning’ benefit which may elevate feelings for comfort and relaxation,possibly through an increase in oxytocin, a powerful bonding hormone,” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a physician who is board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. “Additionally, adults […]

She Thought Antidepressants Would Treat Her Depression. They Didn’t

By Leah Campbell, 11/5/19 “In most cases, 4 to 6 weeks on a therapeutic dose of an antidepressant is enough time to assess if the medication is working,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine.  He made a point of explaining that’s only for therapeutic doses, though. “Indeed, most doctors […]

Is It Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder?

10/22/19. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology on the topic of bipolar vs borderline personality disorder. Diagnosing psychiatric illness isn’t easy. There’s usually no lab test, physical indication, or quantitative measurement that can distinguish one illness from another and often no magic bullet that can ensure effective treatment. Clinicians are dependent on a description of […]