Megan Fox, Christina Haack are praising psychedelics. What medical experts want you to know.

Jenna Ryu USA TODAY, Jul. 26, 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 encourage users to “connect loose themes” and experience “improved lucidity and memory.” But that does not mean they are for everyone or should be used recreationally.

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8 best air mattresses of 2021

By Mili Godio, Shop TODAY, July 19, 2021

Board-certified psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist Alex Dimitriu, MD, suggested looking for an air mattress with a more breathable or cooling material (like a cooling gel) between the sleeper and the plastic part of the mattress “so you can cool down and not sweat during the night.” If you can’t find an air mattress with a cooling layer built in, you can also invest in a cooling mattress topper, especially for hot summer nights outdoors.

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The Best Cooling Weighted Blanket for Hot Sleepers (& People Who Just Want to Chill Out)

By Candace Davison | Jul. 19, 2021

You’ve heard people rave about how weighted blankets relieve anxiety and help you sleep more soundly—with less tossing and turning, thanks to roughly 10 percent of your weight holding you down at night. “Just like swaddling babies, there is belief that [it] reproduces the feeling we were used to in the womb,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told us last year.

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Here’s How To Use Night Affirmations for Better Sleep

Isadora Baum・July 18, 2021

“Night affirmation is the process of making positive statements about oneself before falling asleep, such as ‘I did my best today,’ or ‘as I drift off to sleep, I release all worry and tension,’” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, who is board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. In theory, it’s supposed to help improve mood and confidence, so that you can feel more relaxed and happy. It’s hard to go to sleep when you’re feeling tense or worried, and by repeating night affirmations around positive self-image and stress relief, you could help quiet your mind.

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Mental Stressors from the Pandemic Resulted in Sleep Loss, Study Finds

By Sarah Fielding, July 13, 2021

“Some people with anxiety are too awake, while others with depression or low energy may be too inclined into the sleepy direction,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.  “My anxious or stressed patients will often have what I call ‘battlefield sleep’—how you would sleep if you were on a battlefield,” adds Dimitriu. “It would take longer to fall asleep, sleep would be light and easily interrupted, and you would wake too early—after about five to six hours—the bare minimum required to survive and keep going.”

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The Most Likely Reasons Why You’re Always So Tired—and What You Can Do About It

By Elizabeth Yuko, July 12, 2021

When describing feelings of tiredness, we tend to use the terms “sleepiness” and “fatigue” interchangeably, but Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, stresses that these are actually two different things. “Definitions are important, and splitting the hair between ‘fatigue’ and ‘sleepiness’ is essential, and something I do every day in my work as a psychiatrist and sleep specialist,” he says. Sleepiness, Dr. Dimitriu explains, “is the easy one,” noting that “people who are sleepy would often say they could fall asleep or take a nap at some time during the day.” Problems with both the quality and quantity of a person’s sleep lead to sleepiness. 

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The Glow Up Challenge

The NFRW included feedback from Dr. Alex in their post: The Glow Up Challenge: 41+ Experts Share Their Best Tips 

Dr. Alex included some tips about sleep habits you can start using tonight to get a better night’s sleep.

 

10 Natural Sleep Remedies That Actually Work—for Real

By Beth Krietsch, UPDATED JUL 07, 2021

Magnesium can help reduce muscle tension and anxiety, and can also improve sleep quality. Magnesium is available in many forms—it can be taken as a supplement, added to a drink, used as a spray, added to a hot bath, and more. Be aware that magnesium can cause diarrhea, but this is typically a rare side effect. Dimitriu suggests taking somewhere between 150 and 500 mg at bedtime—but check with your doctor, too.

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How to share a bed with a restless sleeper

By Jennifer Billock JULY 04, 2021

“People with RLS will often experience an itching or burning sensation which is relieved by movement,” said Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in California. “These symptoms occur in both legs, and often get worse in the evening, closer to bedtime, and can keep people awake.” The hallmarks are pretty visible: kicking, jerking, twitching, and frequently moving legs. RLS patients feel exhausted when they wake up, even after sleeping for a full 8 hours. And they’re not the only ones—their partners are usually exhausted, as well.

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Can Pajamas Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep?

By Evan Malahosky, JUN 29, 2021

“The sleep ritual: besides a cup of Sleepytime Tea and a good book, pajamas can totally be part of the winding down routine,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who specializes in sleep and psychiatry, says. “PJs can certainly serve as a reminder for upcoming bedtime, much like taking off your work clothes at the end of the work day.”

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Listening to Music Before Bed May Disrupt Sleep

By Sarah Fielding, June 22, 2021

“Earworms at night have been shown to diminish sleep quality and refresh sleep,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Music of all types also was found to benefit mood, even though some earworms diminished sleep quality. In these studies, music before bed which resulted in earworms kept the brain more awake at night, repeating the melody and diminished overall sleep quality.” 

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Psychotropics, psychedelics, stigma and sleep!

June 18, 2021

Speaking with Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a nationally recognized psychiatrist and sleep specialist about three important topics: 1) Stigma around medication for mental health: why is there stigma; medication or meditation – should you tough it out forever; what are the conditions and circumstances when medication can bring relief; the role of genetics 2) The vital role of sleep: insomnia can look like ADHD, not getting enough sleep can impact discipline and impulse control, including negative self talk; the difference between depression, fatigue, and sleepiness and how those states impact motivation 3) Psychedelics: benefits and danger; their potential to help people evolve and grow – and how they can help unlock an innate state we all have; the importance of a well-guided journey; psychedelics are not a quick fix.

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The 6 best alarm clocks we tested in 2021

Suzy Hernandez, 6/17/21

For this guide, we spoke with Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine who I also interviewed for our best sunrise alarm clocks guide. “Light sleepers may want as few distractions and artificial light as possible” said Dimitriu. “Deep sleepers may want an alarm that is loud, or gradually loud, possibly with light or a sunrise simulator to facilitate waking up from a deep slumber.”

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Practicing Self-Care Helped People Sleep Better Early on in the Pandemic

By Julia Métraux, Fact checked by, Nick Blackmer, June 16, 2021

“As I tell my patients, sometimes we are not sure of the causality, but certainly implementing positive behaviors, including self-care, would always be of benefit to the patient,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells Verywell.

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EP 18: Sleep Tight!

June 14, 2021

Our strongest desire —over more sex and money— is to get more sleep! In this episode, Baz chats to Dr. Alex Dimitriu, he is dual board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and he talks to us all things sleep; how to improve sleep, how to sleep more and how can sleep be the reason behind so many of our mental and physical problems.

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