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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, […]

Forcing a Smile May Improve Your Mood, Study Suggests

By Elizabeth Millard, August 28, 2020 This study highlights a potentially curious feedback loop between external appearance and internal feelings, according to Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “There could well be a link between how we appear and how we feel, whether we are forcibly smiling or simply frowning less,” he […]

Is It an Anxiety Disorder, or Just Life in 2020?

Elizabeth Yuko, 8/25/2020 In some cases, anxiety can cross the line between just being an emotion everyone experiences, to a disorder that could require some form of treatment. But where is that line? According to Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist, everyone has a “baseline” level of anxiety—a certain amount that they feel all the time—as well as […]

9 Common Things That Can Make You Feel Hungover (That Aren’t Alcohol)

By Eva Taylor Grant and Jay Polish, Aug. 24, 2020 “Certain medications, taken for sleep, can also cause next-day sedation or headaches,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, M.D., the founder of therapy and psychiatry service Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. If your doctor prescribes sleep medicine to you, make sure you talk about the side effects. And if you’re […]

Here’s what to do if you live with a sleepwalker

By Phoebe Mcrae, August 20, 2020 To help avoid sleepwalking episodes, ensure the sleepwalker adheres to a strict sleep schedule and make note of any potential triggers. As sleep medicine specialist Alex Dimitriu revealed to Well+Good, you should also, “Put gates at the top of stairs, locks on doors, set alarms, and keep floors uncluttered” […]

Stressed! Is it them or is it me?

August 11, 2020. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: Stressed! Is it them or is it me? Ongoing problems with co-workers? Constant arguments with family members at home? Few friends because most people you meet are simply inferior, unintelligent idiots, who are usually to blame for the stressors in your life.  […]

Dr. Alex Dimitriu: Medical reviewer for Insider Magazine

What causes sleep paralysis and how to reduce your risk By Kelly Burch , Jul 26, 2020 Click HERE for the full article. Do you have narcolepsy? Take this test to screen for symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness by Honah Liles, July 22, 2020 Click HERE for the full article. What is short sleep syndrome? […]