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The SSRI Experience: Part 1 of 30 days on psychiatric medications

April 5, 2021. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: “The SSRI Experience: Part 1 of 30 days on psychiatric medications” Depression will affect up to 20% of people at some point in their lives. That number is tremendous! So few people seek help, and so many more suffer quietly, either not recognizing […]

Sleep Procrastination Might Be Stealing Precious Hours of Rest From You—Here’s How to Stop It

By Lindsey Lanquist, April 05, 2021 “Sleep is like a bank account, and it takes time to build up and time to deplete,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Chronic sleep deprivation builds up to moodiness, depression, irritability, more anxiety, less impulse control … and worse, memory.” Hearing that, it’s pretty clear […]

Try These Sleep Affirmations to Score Some Serious Shut-eye

By Dominique Michelle Astorino, April 02, 2021 So, consider the practice of repeating positive statements as your gateway to the elusive meditative mindset, in which you can close the metaphorical tabs of your brain. By focusing your mind on the sleep affirmation statement, the sound, and the repetition, you’re able to still your thoughts as well […]

The best pillows of 2021: Buffy, Casper, Brooklinen and more

By Ambar Pardilla, April 1, 2021 A pillow “can make a big difference in our ability to sleep well,” noted board-certified psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, a sleep medicine specialist. Like your posture during the day, your posture throughout night is just as important. Generally, the wrong pillow will fall short for two reasons: It’s too high or […]

Is Sleep-Care The New Self-Care? All Signs Point To Yes

Wendy Gould, Mar 25, 2021 Good sleep doesn’t just affect our mood and cognitive function. It impacts our greater physical health, too, notes Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified doctor who specializes in both sleep medicine and psychiatry. He adds that sleep is also essential to a healthy metabolism and immune system. Studies show that lack […]

A Little Bit of Anxiety Can Do a Whole Lot of Good

March 17, 2021. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: “A Little Bit of Anxiety Can Do a Whole Lot of Good” Anxious?  Well, that may be a good thing – in moderation. Experts say anxiety increases a person’s arousal to the point where motivation, performance, and the ability to complete […]

Simvastatin has no effect on schizophrenia symptoms, cognition

By Marilynn Larkin, MARCH 17, 2021 Dr. Alex Dimitriu founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in California also commented by email. “There appears to be improvement at six months, which is then lost at 12 months. Also, and perhaps suggestive of a placebo effect, for both adherent and non-adherent.” “While there may still be a […]

How To Fall Asleep Fast (and What To Do When You Can’t)

By Jennifer Aldrich, March 17, 2021 Another common issue is “poor sleep hygiene,” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., who’s double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “This often results from going to bed at irregular times, or sleeping too much on some days, and then having insomnia on the […]

Dr. Alex Dimitriu: Medical reviewer for Insider Magazine

What to do if you or a loved one experience night terrors — a dangerous condition that causes thrashing and screaming in your sleep By Carla Delgado, Mar 12, 2021 Click HERE for the full article. What causes sleep paralysis and how to reduce your risk By Kelly Burch , Jul 26, 2020 Click HERE for the […]

The 8 Best Sound Machines for Sleep of 2021

By Abby Stassen Fact checked by Ashley Hall  March 10, 2021 Loud, unexpected, or overly variable sounds can catch our attention, and interfere with sleep. A good sound machine would ideally create a gentle backdrop of very neutral noise—in this case, white noise machines or the sound of a fan, can be helpful. —Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in […]

10 Simple Habits That Can Actually Help You Fall Asleep Faster

March 8, 2021 by Elizabeth Enochs “Bright lights and screens suppress melatonin. They trick your body into thinking it’s daytime still,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified physician in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told POPSUGAR. “Besides making it harder to fall asleep, bright lights and screens can also […]