Entries by Melissa Chefec

I Took All Social Media Apps Off My Phone 14 Months Ago, and I’m a Totally Different Person

By Kiersten Hickman, October 6, 2021 “Indeed social media can be like any other addiction,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “At base, there is a foraging or searching behavior, which is often rewarded with ‘a find,’ and the ensuing surge in dopamine. Many […]

3 Reasons You’re More Anxious In The Morning (And How To Fix It)

By Dominique Astorino, 10/05/2021 “In my experience [as a practitioner], anxiety tends to be higher in the morning,” said Alex Dimitriu, a sleep medicine physician and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California. “The data is mixed … with some studies showing more anxiety later in the day.” Click HERE for the full article.

6 Ways To Wake Up Feeling More Rested

By Donna Sarkar Oct 5, 2021 According to Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine expert, we can break down a night’s rest into a specific cyclical pattern known as sleep architecture. This pattern consists of four to five sleep cycles that alternate between rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. Dimitriu explains that our body needs these different cycles […]

High-Functioning ADHD: Often Subtle, But Still a ‘Mountain’

October 1, 2021 Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: High-Functioning ADHD: Often Subtle, But Still a ‘Mountain’ “Eden,” Cyrus snapped…”I have a sword pointed at you. Will you please focus.” That online passage from author Samantha Young’s book Blood Past offers a somewhat humorous depiction of what the American Psychological […]

Dr. Alex Dimitriu: Medical reviewer for Insider Magazine

Why sleeping on your back or side is the best position — and tips for a more comfortable sleep By Jenna Birch, 9/30/21 Click HERE for the full article. 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 […]

Will Smith, Megan Fox are praising psychedelics. What medical experts want you to know.

Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, Wed, September 29, 2021 “When people are stuck or suffering, well-guided change can be beneficial, and psychedelics are agents that encourage such transformative experiences,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who specializes in psychiatry and sleep medicine but does not use psychedelic treatments with his patients because the treatments are illegal. He adds psychedelics can […]

8 Things to Try If Trauma Is Ruining Your Sleep

By Carly Lanning,  September 29, 2021 “Sleep is essential, especially good-quality sleep,” Alex Dimitriu1, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, tells SELF. “During sleep, we process and pack away memories, as well as emotions. If trauma or anxiety is disturbing sleep, it is essential to get help.” Click HERE for the full article.

Can Lion’s Mane Mushroom Improve Brain Function?

By Madison Storm, Sept. 20, 2021 Lion’s mane “has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with stress and work as an antidepressant,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a double board-certified psychiatrist and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California. Click HERE for the full article.

What Can a Sleep Study Tell You About Your Mental Health?

By Sarah Sheppard, Published on September 20, 2021 “The brain recharges and does a fair amount of emotional and memory processing at night,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, who considers sleep to be a vital sign, along with blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. We all need sleep; it’s essential. But […]

7 Hidden Micro Stresses Ruining Your Sleep

By Carolyn Steber, Sep. 8, 2021 Of course, you’re way more likely to lie awake at night if you’re extra sensitive to stress and/or have anxiety. “People with anxiety are often too inclined towards being awake, and indeed with all those pulses of adrenaline throughout the day, sleep can become impaired,” Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a double board-certified doctor […]

8 Essential Items Sleep Experts Can’t Live Without

By Stephanie Barnes, 08/25/2021 According to Alex Dimitriu, the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tracking your sleep could be the key to improving the quality of rest you’re getting. He recommended Snorelab, an app he also uses. “Snorelab is an excellent app which records audio all night,” he said. “For anyone who wakes up frequently […]

6 firm mattresses for back support to shop in 2021

By Hanna Horvath, Shop TODAY, Aug. 25, 2021 You’ll be able to get an initial feel of how firm a mattress is by lying down on it. How much the mattress “gives” or “flexes” to your weight determines how firm it is, said Alex Dimitriu, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist. “Imagine a 10-pound bowling ball,” […]

The Origin Story of the Zoloft Sad Blob, A Clinically Depressed Icon

By Lauren Vinopal, August 24, 2021 That said, psychiatrists like Alex Dimitriu argue that it’s impossible to divorce the Sad Blob ad from its larger pharmaceutical agenda — no matter how relatable it might have been. “These same ads also push people toward a particular treatment, when there may well be a good number of alternative […]