The Simple Way to Boost Your Immunity Against COVID-19, Say Doctors

By Emilia Paluszek, Nov 29, 2020

“Memory, focus, and learning ability are improved,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD. “Recall of facts and words is better, so our language and thoughts become more fluid as well.”

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The best sunrise alarm clock of 2020

By Suzy Hernandez, Nov 24, 2020

Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, told us that the gentle stimulus from sunrise alarm clocks starts getting the body out of deeper sleep stages, and closer to wakefulness. “Whether it’s a gradual sound or light alarm, wake-up lamps can help better prepare the body to wake up more gently, with less startle,” Dimitriu said.  

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7 Common Deficiencies Most Of Us Have Without Even Realizing It

By Lena Zhu, November 24, 2020

Surprised you here, didn’t I? Sleep deprivation is a common issue in adults. According to Dr. Alex Dimitriu of, sleep deprivation affects around one-third of American adults and has worsened in recent years. Sleep is incredibly important to our mental, physical, and emotional health. Not getting enough sleep can affect our mood and our ability to function properly. Adults need to sleep around seven to nine hours a night and any less than that is referred to as sleep deprivation.

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Tips for Finding the Sleep Routine That’s Right for You

By Jessica Migala, Medically Reviewed by Samuel Mackenzie, MD, PhD, November 24, 2020

The more consistent you are with your sleep the better you’ll feel — and the easier sleep will come, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual-board certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in private practice in Menlo Park, California. “Everyone thinks that sleep is a one-night commitment, but the annoying thing about sleep is that one night alone will rarely make up for past sleep deprivation,” he says.

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You’re Probably Sleep Deprived — Here’s How to Know

By Dominique Michelle Astorino Nov 13, 2020

Depending on caffeine may seem like an obvious sign, but it bears emphasizing. “If you’re drinking more than one cup of coffee or Red Bull to get through the day, chances are, you’re sleep-deprived,” says Dr. Dimitriu. The other one? Yawning and dreaming of laying down on the couch in your office (ahem, living room) the whole day. How you feel in the afternoon specifically is a dead giveaway for the quality of last night’s shuteye, Dr. Dimitriu says.  While everyone gets a dip in energy in the afternoon, if you’re sleep-deprived, it’s like trying to run a marathon through wet cement wearing a lead backpack (after eating a jar of melatonin gummies).

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What to Say if Things Get Political at Thanksgiving Dinner

Mackenzie Dunn, Nov 10, 2020

“The goal is to be non-violent, and not try to convince everyone else of your opinion,” says board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, M.D. “When someone is intense or passionate, they want to evoke the same response in you,” he says. Don’t fight back. Instead, Dr. Dimitriu says to move on and proactively present mindfulness, or an open, non-judgemental focus, to re-center yourself. “Realize that people will believe what they want to, as much as you do,” he says.

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What Not Enough Sleep Does to Your Body, Say Doctors

By Emilia Paluszek, October 31, 2020

“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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Your Complete Guide to Taking the Best Nap of Your Life

Written by Brittany Risher on October 29, 2020

Longer naps may also interfere with the quality of your nighttime sleep, adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, who is double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine. “Some people can get into cycles of napping by day and sleeping poorly at night as a consequence,” he says.

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How to Identify Your Feelings with a Wheel of Emotions — and Why You Should

By Dominique Michelle Astorino, October 27, 2020

“The wheel of emotions is a useful tool for people to start to better identify their feelings, rather than saying ‘I just don’t feel good,'” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.

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Doctors Explain Why You Might Get Headaches at Night — and How to Prevent Them

October 23, 2020 by Lesley Chen

Tension headaches: You’ve likely had at least one tension headache in your life, as it is the most common form of headaches, although its exact causes aren’t clear. “Tension headaches are associated with stress and muscle tension and often are felt like a band-like pain in the back of the head,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified physician in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told POPSUGAR.

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5 Myths About Social Anxiety Disorder, According to Mental Health Experts

By Lauren Smith, October 22, 2020

“When does some condition count enough to be a disorder? In the case of social anxiety, the intensity of the condition must be enough to cause life disturbance,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. In other words, are you avoiding a job interview? Limiting your social life? Missing out on events that you wish you could attend? Overrelying on alcohol to “survive” social events? These may all be ways that social anxiety disorder causes life disturbance. Many people forget or aren’t aware of this aspect of the condition, which fuels the myths about social anxiety disorder.

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Here’s What That Sex Dream Really Means

By Dominique Michelle Astorino, October 19, 2020

“Dreams can always be affected by what is on your mind by day and before sleep,” agrees Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Without a doubt, having sexual feelings or thoughts about someone, or some fantasy can certainly come up in your dreams. The mind does work through feelings and rehearses for future events and encounters when you sleep — especially during REM (dream) sleep.”

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7 Under-the-Radar Signs Stress Is Impacting Your Sleep

By Julia Malacoff, October 11, 2020

Enter: Stress hormones. “Stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and even dopamine can be elevated during periods of stress, and they can remain elevated for some time, even after the stressor is gone,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a board-certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine. So once you get riled up about something — work, family issues, a pandemic — it can be hard to physiologically “come down” from that stressed state.

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Waking Up With Anxiety at Night? Here’s What Experts Recommend

By Jessica Migala, Oct. 06, 2020

Drinking may have gone up in Covid-19 times, and alcohol isn’t good for your sleep, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual board-certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in Menlo Park, California. Alcohol may send you to dreamland quickly, but it also disrupts sleep in the second half of the night. You may wake up in the middle of the night, giving space and opportunity for your mind to start to wander and worry.

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What Is Somniphobia? What to Do If You Have Sleep Anxiety

By Jessica Migala, Oct. 01, 2020

Plan a transition period between awake time and going to bed. “Your brain needs to slow down to shift gears, and too many people try to be super productive to the last minute,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual-board certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in Menlo Park, California. If worries tend to spiral before bed, Dr. Dimitriu recommends journaling. “It’s common to be flooded with thoughts at bedtime, but if you sit and work through them [rather than avoiding them by filling the space with scrolling on your phone], these thoughts tend to get better in 20 or 30 minutes,” he says.

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