Entries by Melissa Chefec

Which Sleep Secrets Actually Work? A Doctor Weighs In

By Jess Sims, NOV 24, 2021 Our body uses a process called thermoregulation (the ability to internally regulate temperature for comfort and survival) to help us get the best sleep possible. “The more we can cool off in our sleep, the deeper and more restorative sleep we get,” says Dr. Dimitriu. Click HERE for the […]

ADHD Is Not Just for Kids

November 22, 2021 Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: ADHD Is Not Just for Kids A 2017 online article from CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, agrees. Coping mechanisms, often coupled with treatment plans, help mitigate ADHD symptoms in adults. However, CHADD experts go a step further, suggesting […]

What It Means When You Dream About Being In Power

By Camila Barbeito, Nov. 18, 2021 As psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD explained to Insider, “There is evidence that dreams are the mind’s form of self-therapy.” He continued, “We form memories, process experiences, as well as feelings when we sleep.” So, the dream about having a conversation with a cow who was also somehow your real-life […]

How They Work: Dual orexin receptor antagonists for insomnia

Written by Heather Grey on November 17, 2021 “Anyone with insomnia should start with good sleep hygiene, regular bed and wake times, technology off 1 hour before sleep, and a cool dark bedroom,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist, sleep medicine specialist, and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California told MNT. “When insomnia persists despite efforts […]

How To Nap Like a Pro

By Carina Woudenberg, Nov 13, 2021 When it comes to the question of whether to nap even if you’re not feeling tired, Dimitriu — who specializes in both psychiatry and sleep medicine — says studies are mixed. “Napping definitely helps habitual nappers with respect to mood, alertness and cognitive processing,” he says. “However, other studies have shown […]

Sleep throughout the ages: changes in your needs for sleep

By Editor, 9th November 2021 Alex Dimitriu, double board certified psychiatrist said: “School or starting work also results in later nights out, and [people often keep] an early wake schedule to get to work. “This particular combination can lead to insufficient sleep times.” Click HERE for the full article.

Is Narcolepsy Genetic? What Sleep Experts Say About Inheriting This Chronic Disorder

By Sarah Fielding, November 03, 2021 Unlike sleep apnea—a more common sleep disorder with an estimated 40% genetic component, according to the Sleep commentary— narcolepsy is not commonly passed between family members. In fact, narcolepsy type 1 has “a very mild genetic component,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry […]

Hit the Pillow an Hour Earlier and See Your Mental Health Improve

By Kelsey Maloney, October 28, 2021 “In my experience, we have seen great improvements in sleep quality by getting people to sleep earlier,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, dual boarded in psychiatry and sleep medicine, owner at SiliconPsych.com. “Specifically, melatonin (the hormone that sends a signal to your body to sleep) tends to peak in […]

5 Drinks to Help You Sleep—And 3 That Can Keep You Up at Night

By Jessica Migala, October 28, 2021 Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb, and it can be helpful for sleep, Alex Dimitriu, MD, who is double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California, tells Health. It’s considered an adaptogen, aka a plant that’s thought to help the body […]

Can a short behavioural boot camp really grind anxiety to dust?

By Elizabeth Svoboda, October 2021 For anxiety-related disorders, ultra-short-term therapy is often a better option than prolonged treatment that allows destructive behaviours to solidify. ‘A short blast of intensive CBT may be helpful to get the ball rolling,’ says Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist in California who cautions that more sessions might eventually be needed to tune up […]

ADHD Not Simply Lack of Focus; It’s Downright Dangerous

October 21, 2021 Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: ADHD Not Simply Lack of Focus; It’s Downright Dangerous Many fail to understand that ADHD is far more than a benign condition simply challenging one’s learning and organizational skills and ability to focus and concentrate on daily routines and tasks. It […]

When Someone Is Having a Panic Attack, It Can Be Hard to Know How to Help—Start With These 10 Phrases 

By Kaitlin Vogel  October 21, 2021 “There is situational anxiety and overall background anxiety,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Panic attacks are the highest and shortest form of anxiety, and can be really intense. Fortunately, as most panic attack sufferers know, […]

Common problem with ADHD is sleep disorders

By Dr. Sally Robinson, October 19, 2021 Recently, Dr. Alex Dimitriu and Danielle Pacheco from the Sleep Foundation wrote an article discussing the relationship with sleep problems and ADHD. People with ADHD are more likely to experience shorter sleep time, problems falling and staying asleep and a higher risk of developing a sleep disorder. Click HERE for […]