Is It Unhealthy to Sleep with a Baby Blanket or Stuffed Animal As an Adult?

By Gabrielle Kassel | Feb 13, 2019

“If you decide you need or want to break up with Teddy, good news: Everyone is capable of sleeping naturally. If it has become unhealthy, overcoming that habit is just a matter of being patient as you re-train yourself, says Dimitriu. He encourages his patients to practice sleeping on their own at least once in a while. “Usually, I’ll say two days with the object, one day without, to minimize psychological dependence and encourage internal healthy habits.””

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Can You Date With Schizophrenia?

By Camille Noe Pagán, February 12, 2019

“For example, if you spend the night at someone else’s house, do you have a plan for making sure you’re able to take your medication on schedule?” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California.

You also need think about how the rest of your life is going. “Regularity is important if you have schizophrenia, and dating can disrupt that,” Dimitriu says. If you’re dealing with another big change, like a new job, location, or treatment plan, you may want to wait until you’re settled to try dating.

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Marriage ADHD Have we lost the instinct for commitment?

February 2019

Dr. Dimitriu was published in Westchester Family Magazine.

“Marriages have always been complicated. It takes time and effort to develop trust and intimacy and the deep love that sustains a couple over many years and through the rough patches. It takes sacrifice and compromise and putting another person’s wants and needs ahead of your own. These are timeless truths. Yet it seems that the ways in which marriages develop – or fail to develop – have changed. What’s going on? Do we have “marriage attention deficit disorder”? Have our lives become so fragmented and our attention so distracted that we can no longer focus long enough to sustain a strong bond with a life partner?”

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There’s a Shortage of a Major Anxiety Med: Here’s What to Know

Written by Brian Krans on February 7, 2019

“Dimitriu says he worries the “illusion of scarcity” could create a sense of panic and unnecessary anxiety for his patients. “Certainly it is not good to start and stop psychiatric medications abruptly, and this is a definite issue with the current shortage,” he said. Dimitriu recommends those currently on buspirone should start rationing their remaining supply “to do a ‘slow taper’ off” until supplies can be restocked, as well as speaking with your doctor and looking into alternatives to smooth the transition.”

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Elderly with sleep deprivation at higher risk of Alzheimer’s

By Sholem Berkowitz, Jan 30, 2019

Dr. Alex Dimitriu – a double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine said: “Research shows that during sleep the brain can shrink substantially as it clears built-up toxins, tau, and amyloid among them.”

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7 Shocking Ways Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night Affects Your Body The Next Day

By  Eva Taylor Grant, Jan 31, 2019

“Waking up during the night, in sleep medicine, is referred to as ‘sleep fragmentation,'” Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells Bustle. “The trouble with waking during the night is that it impacts the quality as well as the quantity of sleep.” Since waking up in the night can interfere with your REM sleep and other important stages of the sleep cycle, you can be losing out on processes that are essential for physical and emotional health.

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Anxious Millennials on the Promise of Sleep

By Marie Solis, Jan 31 2019

Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine expert, said that in addition to stress and anxiety, the growing obsolescence of the 9-to-5 workday has had a deleterious effect on his patients’ sleep patterns. The workday hews closer to 8 to 5 (or 9 to 6) for many employees now, and a larger share of Americans are working from home—not to mention that email and team messaging apps like Slack have made it easier than ever to never stop working.

“I call it home office syndrome: You’re never relaxing and you’re always worried you should be doing something else,” Dimitriu explained. “If boundaries are blurred between work and play, why would people think there would be a clear boundary between sleep and not sleep?”

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6 Habits That Can Be Signs Of Undiagnosed Sleep Anxiety

By Carina Wolff, 1/30/19

For those with sleep anxiety, stress over sleep extends beyond the night. “It is worthwhile noting that numerous studies of people with insomnia have shown that these people also tend to think about sleep a lot more than the average population, throughout the day,” psychiatrist and sleep medicine doctor Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “Symptoms of sleep anxiety may include a preoccupation with sleep in the form of thinking about it throughout the day.”

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Excessive Screen Time for Kids Can Cause Developmental Delays by Kindergarten

Written by George Citroner on January 27, 2019

“Quality screen time is possible, but we need to take a look at what our kids are doing with the devices,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California, told Healthline.

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Should You Sleep With A Fan On? Science Has Some Interesting Answers

By Brittany Anas, 1/23/19

In addition to acting as a white noise machine, fans can, of course, keep a bedroom cool, says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and is the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. “Having a cooler bedroom can help deepen sleep,” he says.

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7 Unexpected Signs You May Have Walking Depression

By Carina Wolff, 1/16/18

“Getting through a day when mood and energy are low or anxiety is high can be a significant and exhausting hurdle for people,” psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “I often hear clients describe themselves as ‘sick and tired’ on most days for some time as an expression of this fatigue.”

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One-Time Cannabis Use May Alter Teen Brains

George W. Citroner, January 15, 2019

Also commenting on the study, Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist and sleep doctor in Menlo Park, California, told Medscape Medical News that “the findings seem counterintuitive.”

“It’s surprising to see such minimal cannabis use yield any measurable changes in brain structures or volumes,” said Dimitriu, who was not associated with the study

“Whether more grey matter is better or worse for a developing adolescent brain is yet to be determined, but the fact persists that even low level use causes changes,” he added.

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5 Signs You May Have A Nightmare Disorder

By Carina Wolff, 1/14/19

“Unlike sleep terrors, people with nightmare disorder tend to actually remember their dreams and will awake with a memory of them,” psychiatrist and sleep medicine doctor Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “Because we get more REM sleep towards the morning hours, people will often report waking with nightmares in the second, or morning half of the night.”

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Risk of Alzheimer’s May Be Higher in Older Adults With Sleep Problems

Researchers say lack of sleep can cause a buildup of certain proteins in the brain.

Written by George Citroner on January 13, 2019

“Research shows that during sleep the brain can shrink substantially as it clears built-up toxins, tau, and amyloid among them, Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told Healthline.

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Why Do I Sweat In My Sleep?

Experts share the most common causes of night sweats and when to be concerned.

By Nicole Pajer, Huff Post US

Drinking a glass of wine while you wind down for bed? Consuming alcohol too close to bedtime can lead to sweaty sleep. If it’s disrupting your sleep, Cralle suggested cutting back on the booze and refraining from consuming it in the hours leading up to your bedtime. “Less commonly, withdrawal from alcohol and certain sedating substances can also cause night sweats,” Dimitriu added.

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