Sleep throughout the ages: changes in your needs for sleep

By Editor, 9th November 2021

Alex Dimitriu, double board certified psychiatrist said: “School or starting work also results in later nights out, and [people often keep] an early wake schedule to get to work. “This particular combination can lead to insufficient sleep times.”

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Is Narcolepsy Genetic? What Sleep Experts Say About Inheriting This Chronic Disorder

By Sarah Fielding, November 03, 2021

Unlike sleep apnea—a more common sleep disorder with an estimated 40% genetic component, according to the Sleep commentary— narcolepsy is not commonly passed between family members. In fact, narcolepsy type 1 has “a very mild genetic component,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells Health.

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Hit the Pillow an Hour Earlier and See Your Mental Health Improve

By Kelsey Maloney, October 28, 2021

“In my experience, we have seen great improvements in sleep quality by getting people to sleep earlier,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, dual boarded in psychiatry and sleep medicine, owner at SiliconPsych.com. “Specifically, melatonin (the hormone that sends a signal to your body to sleep) tends to peak in the early evening, often a few hours after sunset—and subsides afterwards. Being asleep during this time, when melatonin levels are higher, has improved both sleep duration as well as sleep quality.”

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5 Drinks to Help You Sleep—And 3 That Can Keep You Up at Night

By Jessica Migala, October 28, 2021

Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb, and it can be helpful for sleep, Alex Dimitriu, MD, who is double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California, tells Health. It’s considered an adaptogen, aka a plant that’s thought to help the body adapt to stress.

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Can a short behavioural boot camp really grind anxiety to dust?

By Elizabeth Svoboda, October 2021

For anxiety-related disorders, ultra-short-term therapy is often a better option than prolonged treatment that allows destructive behaviours to solidify. ‘A short blast of intensive CBT may be helpful to get the ball rolling,’ says Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist in California who cautions that more sessions might eventually be needed to tune up the results. Intensive CBT can also be well-suited to client groups with specific care needs. Researchers at King’s College London are currently trialling an intensive CBT protocol for pregnant women with anxiety, who might be unable to take prescribed medication despite their acute symptoms.

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When Someone Is Having a Panic Attack, It Can Be Hard to Know How to Help—Start With These 10 Phrases 

By Kaitlin Vogel  October 21, 2021

“There is situational anxiety and overall background anxiety,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Panic attacks are the highest and shortest form of anxiety, and can be really intense. Fortunately, as most panic attack sufferers know, these attacks are never even remotely that dangerous. For some people with panic attacks, a single trip to the ER or their doctor, can often confirm that there is nothing to fear medically or physically. As Franklin D Roosevelt once said, we have ‘nothing to fear but fear itself.’ In the case of panic attacks, it is the very fear of having one that often brings one on. So it is essential to break this cycle, by realizing nothing material or physical, besides fear, will come of it.”

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Common problem with ADHD is sleep disorders

By Dr. Sally Robinson, October 19, 2021

Recently, Dr. Alex Dimitriu and Danielle Pacheco from the Sleep Foundation wrote an article discussing the relationship with sleep problems and ADHD. People with ADHD are more likely to experience shorter sleep time, problems falling and staying asleep and a higher risk of developing a sleep disorder.

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Your Sleep Needs Change as You Age: Here’s What You Need to Know

Written by Beth Ann Mayer on October 19, 2021

“Being…in school or starting work also results in later nights out, and [people often keep] an early wake schedule to get to work,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board certified psychiatrist, sleep medicine expert, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “This particular combination can lead to insufficient sleep times,” he notes. Insufficient sleep times may affect students’ mental health.

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The 7 Best Home Remedies for ADHD

Written by Morgan Mandriota on October 14, 2021

“Home remedies are useful because they can be implemented with relative ease, and they can also be applied whenever needed,” adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, who’s double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and is founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California.

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‘I’m a Sleep Physician, and These Are the 4 Products I Recommend for a More Restful REM’

Dominique Michelle Astorino・October 13, 2021

If you’ve had a hard time falling asleep (and staying asleep), you’re not alone. Some of the most popular articles here on Well+Good are about sleep—and specifically how to get the most restful sleep. Whether it’s due to stress, anxiety, insomnia, or a really good show we can’t stop watching, many of us have struggled with getting proper rest. While there are so many factors at play, there are actionable steps you can take, such as creating the best possible environment in order to let your brain finally relax. That’s right: You can purchase a few items that’ll at the very least encourage better sleeping habits. Sleep physician Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine (and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine) has four must-haves for a solid night of sleep that he’s shared with us.

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How to Stop Snoring, According to Sleep Experts

By Sarah Fielding, October 07, 2021

And while it may seem like just another part of life, it is possible to stop snoring. “Snoring is the result of air going through a partly closed or constricted airway.” Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells Health. The key is understanding what’s causing you—or your loved one—to snore in the first place. 

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I Took All Social Media Apps Off My Phone 14 Months Ago, and I’m a Totally Different Person

By Kiersten HickmanOctober 6, 2021

“Indeed social media can be like any other addiction,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “At base, there is a foraging or searching behavior, which is often rewarded with ‘a find,’ and the ensuing surge in dopamine. Many social media experiences follow this pattern and that is how people can stay up way too late in the night endlessly scrolling.”

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3 Reasons You’re More Anxious In The Morning (And How To Fix It)

By Dominique Astorino, 10/05/2021

“In my experience [as a practitioner], anxiety tends to be higher in the morning,” said Alex Dimitriu, a sleep medicine physician and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California. “The data is mixed … with some studies showing more anxiety later in the day.”

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6 Ways To Wake Up Feeling More Rested

By Donna Sarkar Oct 5, 2021

According to Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine expert, we can break down a night’s rest into a specific cyclical pattern known as sleep architecture. This pattern consists of four to five sleep cycles that alternate between rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. Dimitriu explains that our body needs these different cycles to feel fully rested in the morning.

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Dr. Alex Dimitriu: Medical reviewer for Insider Magazine

Why sleeping on your back or side is the best position — and tips for a more comfortable sleep
By Jenna Birch, 9/30/21
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What to do if you or a loved one experience night terrors — a dangerous condition that causes thrashing and screaming in your sleep
By Carla Delgado, Mar 12, 2021
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What causes sleep paralysis and how to reduce your risk
By Kelly Burch , Jul 26, 2020
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Do you have narcolepsy? Take this test to screen for symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness
by Honah Liles, July 22, 2020
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What is short sleep syndrome? The rare condition that causes a lucky few, like Barack Obama, to only need 6 hours of sleep a night
by Natalia Lusinski, July 17, 2020
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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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