Will Smith, Megan Fox are praising psychedelics. What medical experts want you to know.

Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, Wed, September 29, 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 Things to Try If Trauma Is Ruining Your Sleep

By Carly Lanning,  September 29, 2021

“Sleep is essential, especially good-quality sleep,” Alex Dimitriu1, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, tells SELF. “During sleep, we process and pack away memories, as well as emotions. If trauma or anxiety is disturbing sleep, it is essential to get help.”

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Can Lion’s Mane Mushroom Improve Brain Function?

By Madison Storm, Sept. 20, 2021

Lion’s mane “has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with stress and work as an antidepressant,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a double board-certified psychiatrist and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California.

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What Can a Sleep Study Tell You About Your Mental Health?

By Sarah Sheppard, Published on September 20, 2021

“The brain recharges and does a fair amount of emotional and memory processing at night,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, who considers sleep to be a vital sign, along with blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. We all need sleep; it’s essential. But what can your sleep habits tell you about your mental health? A lot, actually.

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The Dos & Don’ts For Your Best Night Sleep According to a Sleep Expert

By: Dominique Michelle Astorino, September 2021

Your healthy sleep starts when you wake up! “Get vertical — and exercise during the day,” says Dr. Dimitriu. “Being active, ideally outdoors, and getting exercise always helps people blow off steam and get better sleep at night,” he says. You heard the man; go get yourself outdoors for a sweat session right now. Tip: open the FitOn app to easily bring a guided workout outside! 

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7 Hidden Micro Stresses Ruining Your Sleep

By Carolyn Steber, Sep. 8, 2021

Of course, you’re way more likely to lie awake at night if you’re extra sensitive to stress and/or have anxiety. “People with anxiety are often too inclined towards being awake, and indeed with all those pulses of adrenaline throughout the day, sleep can become impaired,” Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a double board-certified doctor of psychiatry and sleep medicine, tells Bustle. That’s why it’s helpful to know the hidden micro-stresses that may be keeping you awake — as well as what to do about them.

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8 Essential Items Sleep Experts Can’t Live Without

By Stephanie Barnes, 08/25/2021

According to Alex Dimitriu, the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tracking your sleep could be the key to improving the quality of rest you’re getting. He recommended Snorelab, an app he also uses. “Snorelab is an excellent app which records audio all night,” he said. “For anyone who wakes up frequently or sleeps poorly, this is a quick and easy way to hear what happens just before you awoke, or how loud your snoring was during the night. While it’s not a medical grade sleep study, it is a very easy way to see what’s wrong or right with your sleep.”

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6 firm mattresses for back support to shop in 2021

By Hanna Horvath, Shop TODAY, Aug. 25, 2021

You’ll be able to get an initial feel of how firm a mattress is by lying down on it. How much the mattress “gives” or “flexes” to your weight determines how firm it is, said Alex Dimitriu, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist. “Imagine a 10-pound bowling ball,” he said. “On a firm mattress it would sink in less deeply; on a soft mattress it would sink in more deeply.”

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The Origin Story of the Zoloft Sad Blob, A Clinically Depressed Icon

By Lauren Vinopal, August 24, 2021

That said, psychiatrists like Alex Dimitriu argue that it’s impossible to divorce the Sad Blob ad from its larger pharmaceutical agenda — no matter how relatable it might have been. “These same ads also push people toward a particular treatment, when there may well be a good number of alternative medications and treatment modalities,” Dimitriu explains. Although Dimitriu certainly believes in prescribing medications to his patients, he says it isn’t helpful to have patients coming into his office demanding specific drugs they saw on TV. “I am all for education and de-stigmatization, just less so for the marketing of specific medications,” Dimitriu notes. “With commercials, it may be impossible to have one without the other.”

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What Do Dreams About Tornadoes Mean?

Written by Ann Pietrangelo on August 24, 2021

Dr. Alex Dimitriu is double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. Dimitriu told Healthline that most unpleasant dreams improve with understanding rather than fear and avoidance. “The same is true of psychotherapy,” Dimitriu said. “The act of shedding light on one’s fears is often curative of them. For anyone having frightful dreams, it helps to write them down in a journal, try to interpret them to make better sense of them, and communicate these ideas with friends and loved ones. Understanding is oftentimes most of the cure.”

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Are You a Revenge Bedtime Procrastinator?

August 17, 2021 | BY: Kate Bayless

People just don’t have enough time for themselves between workdays, says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and sleep expert at Sleep Foundation. Research agrees. A 2018 study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that the more an individual had to resist certain desired behaviors or actions during the day, the more likely they were to demonstrate revenge bedtime procrastination.

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What Happens If I Put My Insomnia To Use By Working Out In The Middle Of The Night

By Lauren Vinopal, 8/16/21

It would be unfair, though, to place all of the blame on the exercise. Like many ideas from the past, two sleep cycles isn’t one that’s aged well, Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine doctor, tells me. “It takes our brain and body quite a while to wind down even once we’re asleep,” he says. “Having to repeat this wind down for a second, shorter phase of sleep, is too much overhead and time lost. The goal should be re-converging on a single phase of night-time sleep.”

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Sleep Doctors Explain the Very Strange Ways That Alcohol Can Affect Your Dreams

Emily Laurence・August 13, 2021

Psychiatrist and sleep medicine doctor Alex Dimitriu, MD, explains that there are three types of sleep: deep sleep, REM sleep, and light sleep. “When someone drinks alcohol, they spend less time in REM sleep, and that’s the sleep phase where we dream the most,” he says. If you have a few cocktails and then head to bed, Dr. Dimitriu says you can expect to have less dreams than you may have otherwise. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have any dreams at all. “People can still dream in the light sleep stage, but the dreams aren’t as strong as what happens in REM sleep,” he says.

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These ‘Buttery Soft’ Bamboo Pajamas Keep Hot Sleepers Cool All Night

By Rebecca Deczynski, August 06, 2021

What makes them so amazing? Bamboo fabric naturally decreases heat retention, so if you’re someone who runs hot at night, it can help prevent you from overheating. And even if you don’t deal with dreaded night sweats, there’s still a benefit to wearing PJs that keep you nice and cool. “There is substantial evidence that a drop in body temperature helps with getting deeper sleep,” Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a board-certified sleep medicine and psychiatry expert, previously told Shape.

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