Dr. Alex Dimitriu: Medical reviewer for Insider Magazine

How to know if you have insomnia and what you can do to treat your sleep troubles
by Will Fischer Jul 10, 2020
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25 science-backed tips for how to sleep better
by Samantha Crozier Jul 10, 2020
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How much sleep you need each night and warning signs that you’re not getting enough, according to neuroscientists
by Shaena Montanari, Jul 9, 2020
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6 harmful effects of lack of sleep — and why it’s unhealthy
by Laura Goldman, July 7, 2020
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3 deep breathing exercises for better sleep and quick relaxation
by Honah Liles, July 6, 2020
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Yes, chamomile tea does make you sleepy — here’s how it can help you fall asleep
by Kelly Burch, Jun 29, 2020
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What causes sleep paralysis and how to reduce your risk
by Kelly Burch, Jun 29, 2020
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White noise is the ideal sleeping aid for drowning out loud noise from city streets
by Mari Ramsawakh, Jun 26, 2020
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5 ways working out helps you get a better night’s sleep
by Stacy Lu, Jun 25, 2020
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How to treat insomnia and get better sleep with self-care, therapy, or medication
by Rebecca Cairns, May 27, 2020
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5 natural home remedies for insomnia that can help you get better sleep
by Kelly Burch, May 27, 2020
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Am I depressed? Take our quiz to gauge your symptoms and find the right treatment
by Rebecca Cairns and Ruobing Su, May 11, 2020
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Why am I always tired? The main causes of sleepiness and fatigue
by Erin Heger, April 8, 2020
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How to get better sleep with anxiety or stress, in 5 different ways
by Kelly Burch, April 6, 2020
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Why do I wake up with anxiety? How to reduce morning anxiety or stress
by Kelly Burch, April 6, 2020
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What’s the Difference? Egocentric vs Egotistical vs Narcissistic

By The Editors  July 2, 2020

“In my professional work, we have come up with a balance between “Darwin and Buddha.” This is essentially a scale or spectrum of ego – from ego centrism to ego dissolution. No ego vs. too much ego. Whatever the label, some people have too much ego, beyond one standard deviation of the norm. When people are locked into “ego castles,” they see everyone as a competitor, and their resources limited and needing to be preserved (no farming in the castle). Manifestations of this are seeing all interactions as transactional.”

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Groundhog Day: Burnout in the Time of COVID

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, Jun 19, 2020

You wake up each day tired. The day ahead seems like a multi-stage triathlon.

Too many people have brought up the term “Groundhog Day,” to not mention it formally. You wake up each day tired. The day ahead seems like a multi-stage triathlon. You want to stay in bed, and yet you cannot just fall back asleep. You just want to be left alone.

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By YouAreUNLTD, June 18, 2020

Is your life often chaotic because you just can’t focus or stay organized? Have relationship problems because you can’t complete tasks? Forget important things or easily become upset over minor things? It’s possible you have attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is surprisingly common in adults, according to psychiatrist and sleep specialist Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo, CA.

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Study Shows Rapid Brain Response to Ketamine for Depression

By Elizabeth Millard, June 16, 2020

“Part of ketamine’s utility is that it has many uses, and has been extensively used on the battlefield, as well as in the rescue of the Thai soccer team from a cave [in 2019],” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “It can lift mood, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep. But it absolutely shouldn’t be seen as something you can use on your own as a way to self-medicate.”

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Sleep, Mental Health, and a Viral Pandemic? It’s Complicated

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, Jun 09, 2020

Sleep, mental health, and now the COVID-19 pandemic? It is a relationship best described in the words of British author Douglas Adams: “All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think.” 

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7 Tips for Living With Depression

By Ruben Castaneda, Staff Writer, June 1, 2020

Prozac, Zoloft and other antidepressants can help with mood symptoms, often within four to six weeks, says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who’s double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine. He’s the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California. “Side effects are not too common, but sometimes can include reduced libido, some stomach upset and headache, the latter of which often disappears within the first week,” Dimitriu says. “Weight gain, while possible, tends to be fairly minimal. There is no need to suffer silently these days; we have actual working treatments.”

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12 Ways to Wake Yourself Up Before You PTFO at Your Desk

by Kara Cuzzone, MAY 20, 2020

“On the days I feel tired, I often notice just as much of a boost in energy from two cups of water as I would from drinking one cup of coffee,” adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. Keep a water bottle on your desk to remind you to stay hydrated. Yeah, you’ll probably have to pee all the time. But getting up and moving around for bathroom breaks is actually a great way to wake up too, Dr. Dimitriu adds.

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COVID-19: Tales of the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, May 14, 2020

The virus has taken us to simpler time; will we want the “old normal” back?

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Having Trouble Sleeping? Try These Expert-Backed Tips

By Deanna deBara, May 14, 2020

“Exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Exercise helps the body set its natural rhythm and tells the brain that this is a time to be awake. It [also] boosts endorphins and provides an outlet to release tension and pent up energy.”

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What’s Up With the Recurring Quarantine Nightmares?

Anna Gragert, May 11, 2020

Unpleasant and strange as these bad dreams might be for those of us having them, sleep experts aren’t surprised. “In a situation like the current one with Covid-19, with an increase in background stress, it makes sense that we might experience more disturbing dreams,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep. “Freud, in his dream analysis, also referred to something known as ‘day residue.’” Day residue describes waking-life events that appear in our dreams and nightmares. These images and scenes typically pop up during the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep phase, according to Dimitriu, which tends to take place during the second half of the night.

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Screens, Sleep and Home Office Syndrome with Dr. Alex Dimitriu

Podcast host Malia Jacobson, May 7, 2020

Right now, screens connect us to our families, friends, teachers, workplaces, and the world. They also sabotage our sleep. On this episode, psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist Alex Dimitriu, MD, talks about how light exposure shapes our physical and mental health, how to protect sleep when screens are everywhere, blue-light blocking glasses, and what to do about “home office syndrome” as we head into our third month of telework and home-based school.

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Screen Time Doesn’t Hurt Kids’ Social Skills, Study Finds

by George Citroner on May 1, 2020

“Excess screen time, especially in the evening hours, and even more so just before bed, is bad for everyone’s sleep,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park (California) Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “The blue light from the screen — yes, even the dimming features are not enough — reduce melatonin, and reduce the quality of deep sleep that our brains need,” he said. Dimitriu also described how the interactivity of digital devices could keep people internet surfing until late at night, while you may only read a book for 20 minutes before dozing off.

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7 Benefits of Weighted Blankets, Explained by Sleep Specialists

By Kara Cuzzone , | Apr. 29, 2020

In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, participants with insomnia slept more calmly and spent less time awake in the middle of the night than when they used their regular bedding. They also subjectively believed that the blankets provided them with a better quality sleep. But it’s important to remember that this won’t necessarily be the outcome for everyone who suffers from insomnia, especially since this sleep disorder has a number of different classifications. “Given the mixed evidence, I encourage patients to try [a weighted blanket], but with the realization that it may not work,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.

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Can depression cause insomnia? Yes, the conditions are closely related

MK Manoylov, April 29, 2020

This article was medically reviewed by Alex Dimitriu, MD, psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. 

Depression and insomnia often go hand-in-hand. That’s because depression can disrupt many aspects that help control our sleep-wake cycle.  This disruption can make it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. Here’s what you need to know about how depression is related to insomnia and how to treat the combination of these medical conditions. Can depression cause insomnia? Depression can cause insomnia because of how it impacts the mechanics of sleep

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