Entries by Melissa Chefec

The Truth About Sunrise Alarm Clocks

By Elizabeth S. Mitchell/April 22, 2021 While cortisol might sound scary – since many associate it with being the stress hormone – it actually has a positive affect on our energy levels with proper doses at the proper time. Medical doctor Alex Dimitriu tells Well and Good that these clocks can not only work, but may […]

Are There Really Any Benefits to Weighted Blankets?

April 15, 2021 | By Diana Kelly Adds Dr. Alex Dimitriu, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, their main benefit might be a drawback at night. “Also keep in mind that the heat generated under a weighted blanket may be detrimental to good sleep, as people sleep better when the body can cool down,” […]

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 […]