Magnesium may help you sleep — here’s how to take it to improve your sleep quality

By Erin Heger, 4/29/2021

Magnesium plays a role in muscle and nerve regulation, which may explain why some — albeit limited — research suggests it could help people who are struggling to get enough sleep, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. For example, a small 2012 study found that participants ages 65 and up who took 500 mg of magnesium daily for eight weeks slept longer and woke less in the middle of the night compared to a group who took a placebo. Magnesium may also help you sleep by reducing anxiety, which is notorious for hindering sleep quality, Dimitriu says. Magnesium does so by regulating neurotransmitters, like serotonin, that help relax the body and ease tension. 

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What’s The Difference Between Pink, Brown, & White Noise?

By Carolyn Steber April 23, 2021

There are actually different “colors” of noise to choose from. The most common are white, pink, and brown noise, and each one sounds slightly unique due to its makeup. “Noise, whatever the color, refers to the sound of various random frequencies,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified doctor of psychiatry and sleep medicine, tells Bustle.

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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 be a healthier means of waking each morning than standard alarms. Dimitriu points out, “Our circadian system is closely tuned to natural as well as artificial light. Light-based alarm clocks can provide a gentle wake signal, to prepare the body for wakefulness.”

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Why is sleep so important? Dr Sophie Bostock explains

Natalie Roberts, 15 APRIL 2021

The combination of increased anxiety levels with the blurring of work/life boundaries over the past year has resulted in poor sleep quality for many people, agrees Dr Alex Dimitriu, founder of

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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,” he says. In general though, “if someone feels their weighted blanket is beneficial to their sleep, there is no reason not to use it nightly,” says Dr. Dimitriu.

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How to Sleep Better: Ask Me Anything Q&A with Dr. Alex Dimitriu

Dr. Dimitriu was the featured guest on the Webinar from Stamina Lab

During this Q&A webinar, Stamina Lab founder Glen Lubbert asks sleep expert Alex Dimitriu, MD questions submitted by attendees on how to improve their sleep.

April 5, 2021

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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 sleep procrastination is a bad thing. So why do we keep doing it—and how can we stop? We talked to the experts to find out.

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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 as strengthen the muscle that brings a buzzing brain back to the present moment, says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified doctor of psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.

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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 it’s too low for your head and neck. The right pillow will help ensure you “maintain a relatively straight or neutral head and neck position — neither too high, nor too low,” Dimitriu explained. You can imagine your neck “as a straight or kinked garden hose” — whereas a straight hose represents how you should be sleeping, “the latter is more likely to obstruct” both your breathing and sleep quality, he added.

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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 of sleep increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and falling ill after exposure to viruses.

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How to Improve Sleep Quality and Daytime Function? 

Lana Farinha, Active Mothers Podcast, March 23, 2021

Dr. Dimitriu was the guest on the Podcast. 

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The 12 Best Detox Teas to Reset Your System and Give Your Metabolism a Boost 

By Kaitlin Vogel, MARCH 23, 2021

“While the promise of these products is appealing, it is also important to look at real science, not anecdotal reports, to see what the true benefit – if any, there is from these products,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. “Detox teas, like vitamins are marketed as either a system of “cleaning out,” built up waste, or enhancing the function.”

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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 relationship between SSD and inflammation, at least per this study it appears that simvastatin, via an ant-inflammatory or cholesterol lowering effect, does not change the course of the illness,” he said. “It is worth noting that while there was no benefit to illness severity, the metabolic benefits of statins including lowering cardiovascular morbidity are still impressive.”

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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 next,” Dimitriu explains. “I call this the ‘oscillating insomnia pattern,’ because truly there are people who can flip flop between oversleeping and undersleeping.” “Sleep will impact every aspect of our physical and mental health,” Dimitriu says. In the short term, some restless nights can cause mood changes, low energy, and lack of concentration, Avena explains. But there are more problems you could face in the longterm. “Lack of sleep can cause weight gain, immune suppression, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, accelerated aging, and worsening physical appearance or skin quality,” Dimitriu says. “Mentally, lack of sleep can cause memory and attention problems, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, irritability, and diminished mental performance.” What’s worse, numerous individuals have severe sleep loss, but are unable to recognize it. “So many people walk about chronically sleep deprived, and not know it; they assume this is their ‘normal,'” he adds.

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Dangerous Side Effects of Not Sleeping Enough, Say Experts

By Emilia Paluszek, March 15, 2021

“Attention and focus are also impacted with poor sleep, and people will experience trouble learning and retaining new material, or being increasingly forgetful of previously learned material,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD.

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