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Weighted blankets: what are the benefits, and do they work?

November 2019 “The science behind weighted blankets points to a ‘cocooning’ benefit which may elevate feelings for comfort and relaxation,possibly through an increase in oxytocin, a powerful bonding hormone,” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a physician who is board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. “Additionally, adults […]

She Thought Antidepressants Would Treat Her Depression. They Didn’t

By Leah Campbell, 11/5/19 “In most cases, 4 to 6 weeks on a therapeutic dose of an antidepressant is enough time to assess if the medication is working,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine.  He made a point of explaining that’s only for therapeutic doses, though. “Indeed, most doctors […]

Light flashes plus cognitive behavior therapy can increase teens’ sleep time

By Marilynn Larkin, New York (Reuters Health) October 4, 2019 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist in Menlo Park, California, commented by email, “For phase 1, CBT was done over the phone, while in phase 2, CBT was done in person, in the lab; it would be interesting to see what is […]

A Patient’s Guide to Pregnancy Insomnia

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor, Sept. 11, 2019 The simple logistics of growing another human inside your belly leads to a lot of structural changes in the body, which may mean your normal sleeping positions are no longer comfortable. For example, if you prefer to sleep on your stomach, as your pregnancy progresses, you may not […]

What to Know About Sexsomnia, a Rare Sleep Disorder Where You Have Sex in Your Sleep

By Morgan Mandriota, August 19, 2019 What triggers sexsomnia? Basically anything that disrupts a normal, healthy sleep pattern—such as drinking alcohol or consuming caffeine too close to bedtime. Maintaining an irregular sleep schedule or not getting enough sleep can led to sexsomnia as well, Alex Dimitriu, MD, who is double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine […]

How to Recover From a Nightmare

By Elizabeth Yuko, August 15, 2019 In fact, it’s that “realness” of dreams that causes us to continue to experience feelings from the dream—whether that’s joy, sadness, fear or anxiety—upon waking. “There is some theory that we process emotions and feelings in dreams, and in some cases if the emotions are too strong, we wake […]

IS IT DANGEROUS TO WAKE A SLEEPWALKER? (AND OTHER TIPS TO HELP THE SOMNAMBULANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE)

By Erin Magner, AUGUST 12, 2019 But why do people sleepwalk, anyway? Sleep medicine specialist Alex Dimitriu, MD, says it falls under the category of “parasomnia”—essentially, a glitch in a person’s sleep cycle. “These states occur when something disturbs our normal sleep depth,” says Dr. Dimitriu. “When this happens, the person awakens partially, in between sleep and wake.” […]

Will a Weighted Blanket Improve Your Sleep? Experts weigh in on the heavy covers.

by Emma Stessman, August 2019 The problem is, weighted blankets are often made with plastic pellets or glass beads, and all that extra weight can make things hot. “The body’s ability to cool off naturally at night allows us to enter deeper, more refreshing sleep,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry […]

Treating Insomnia Outside the (Black) Box

Elaine K. Howley, July 29, 2019 Although nonmedical interventions have long been at the top of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommendations, at least one expert hopes the warnings will encourage practitioners to consider alternatives to the commonly prescribed sedative-hypnotic drugs. “Oftentimes, the hypnotic ‘Z’ drugs, such as zolpidem, are a Band-Aid or cosmetic fix […]

Am I Depressed or Just Exhausted?

July 23, 2019, by Risa Kerslake “Sleep is the tip of the iceberg for our mind’s state,” Dimitriu explains. “People find it much easier to notice sleep is off because it is objective, thus it truly opens the door to investigating if something else is wrong.” Click HERE for the full article.

What People With Bipolar Disorder Need to Know About Exercise

Christine Coppa, July 19, 2019 Also important to stress: “If someone is in the midst of a bipolar manic or depressed episode, most non-medical interventions, including exercise, will not be enough to help, and should never be relied upon as treatment,” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a double board-certified psychiatrist and sleep-medicine specialist in Menlo Park, CA. […]

REM sleep can reset your brain after an upsetting event

By Tracey Anne Duncan, 7/18/19 “REM sleep is considered a time when the brain can process emotional memories, and ‘pack them away,” says Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist and sleep specialist at Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area. “When everything is working well, we experience unpleasant — and pleasant — […]

Why You Don’t Sleep as Well on Vacation—Plus, What to Do About It

By Krissy Brady, Updated: July 16, 2019 Because sleep is such a rhythmic activity, travel can easily send our natural rhythms off the rails, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California. And this is true even if you’re not switching time zones in the process. The combination of being in […]

Cannabis and Mental Health: Schizophrenia

July 11, 2019, by  Andrew Ward Dr. Alex Dimitriu is a double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. In response to this article, Dr. Dimitriu explained what the effects of psychosis are like on a person. “Psychosis is defined as having false beliefs (often called delusions) and […]

Experts Decode These 7 Common Anxiety Dreams

by Elizabeth Yuko, Jul 10, 2019 Our brains do some interesting things while we sleep, and we are designed to often forget the content of our dreams, Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells SheKnows. So what actually happens in our […]

Why Some People Always Remember Their Dreams and Others Forget

June 25, 2019 New — Written by Sarah Fielding  “Whether they remember or not, all people do dream in their sleep. It is an essential function for the human brain, and also present in most species,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells […]

7 Surprisingly Common Sleep Problems That May Be Health Issues

By Jordan Bissell, 6/25/19 People who have trouble sleeping can sometimes obsess about getting a solid night’s sleep. “Some people with insomnia think about sleep as much as 10 times more per day than the average person,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells Bustle. […]

Do Brain-Boosting Supplements Actually Work Or Are They Total B.S.?

By Locke Hughes, 05/29/2019 It’s important to note that simply taking one or two of these nootropic agents often results in no significant net change, explained Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. Instead, researchers have found that a concoction of some of the most researched and validated supplements, with overlapping benefits, […]

Constantly Waking Up During the Night? Here’s How to Know If It’s Something More Serious

May 22, 2019 by Colleen Travers Having a glass of wine before bed can disrupt your sleep (and make you more likely to need to use the bathroom during the night), and even conditions like anxiety and depression can cause you to toss and turn, according to Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified physician in psychiatry and sleep medicine […]

Trapped in a Cycle of Late Nights? Here’s How Sleep Doctors Say You Can Get to Bed Sooner

May 9, 2019 by  Caitlin Flynn Just as light in the mornings can help jumpstart your internal clock, dialing it back can help prepare your body for sleep. “The key is to allow the body an eight-hour window during which sleep is possible,” AlexDimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told POPSUGAR. That […]

8 Unexpected Sleep Habits That Can Commonly Lead To Divorce, According To Experts

By Jordan Bissell, 4/26/19 If you like to crawl into bed early enough to read a few chapters of a book but your partner prefers to stay up late watching TV, you should be extra careful to communicate so that conflicts don’t arise. “Respect each other’s right to sleep,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry […]

I SWITCHED TO A SUNRISE ALARM CLOCK, AND I’M NO LONGER DREADING EARLY WAKE-UP CALLS

By Erin Magner, APRIL 24, 2019 And according to Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, sunrise alarm clocks can actually be effective because they tap into the body’s innate biorhythms. “There is some evidence that natural morning light can actually help prepare the body to wake up,” he says. “This make sense, as […]

Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression

By Kayleigh Roberts, April 19, 2019 Alex Dimitriu, a physician, agrees that LSD and other psychedelics’ impact on the serotonergic system play a role in its effectiveness in treating anxiety and depression, but he also suggests it may be something more than that. “Even SSRIs that people take now don’t just work on one little […]

A Scientists’ Guide to Better Sleep

Jamie Friedlander, Apr 12, 2019 Create a space you’re happy to spend time in Room colors should generally be soothing and create a relaxed atmosphere in the bedroom. It should be a comfortable, cozy den, with colors, furniture, bedding, and soft lighting that make the space special for you. You have to love your bedroom. — […]

These Sleep-Inducing Drinks Are Like Zzz’s In a Bottle

By Molly Longman | Mar 30, 2019 But before you start chugging one nightly, know this: These drinks can help you drift off, but you should switch back to plain water every third night so your body can practice snoozing naturally, suggests Alex Dimitriu, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California. “As with all sleep-inducing aids or supplements, […]

A Patient’s Guide to Pregnancy Insomnia

By Elaine K. Howley, March 29, 2019 Insomnia is the state of not being able to sleep or having inadequate or poor quality of sleep. Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a sleep medicine specialist who’s double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California, says insomnia occurs in about 20 […]

Fatal Familial Insomnia: Signs, Symptoms, Treatments

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor March 27, 2019 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a sleep medicine specialist who’s double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California, says that “people with fatal familial insomnia develop this inability to sleep. This goes on for a couple of months and ends in […]

5 Signs Your Child Isn’t Ready For A Sibling, According To Experts

By Jacqueline Burt Cote, March 26, 2019 “The question of having more children should truly be founded in the stability and happiness of the current state of affairs,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a California-based psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells Romper. “If everyone is happy, learning, and interacting well, then truly it […]

It’s More Than Just Your Brain — These Are the Physical Symptoms of Depression

March 20, 2019 by CHRISTINA STIEHL “There are other physical manifestations of depression that people may confuse with chronic pain. Psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, said that the lack of sleep and overall fatigue associated with depression can make bodily aches and pains feel worse. “There is some evidence that depression may also be a state of heightened […]

9 Common Things That Can Make You Feel Hungover (That Aren’t Alcohol)

By Eva Taylor Grant, 3/12/19 “Certain medications, taken for sleep, can also cause next day sedation or headaches,” Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, tells Bustle. If your doctor prescribes sleep medicine to you, make sure you read the side effects. And if you’re […]

5 ways to fall asleep faster, according to sleep doctors

March 11, 2019, By Wendy Rose Gould You’ve heard this advice ad nauseum, but there’s a reason meditation has been prescribed to treat the human condition since roughly 1500 BCE. “The art of falling asleep is actually not trying so hard,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who’s board-certified in both psychiatry and sleep medicine. “Knowing how to clear your […]

A Patient’s Guide to Insomnia

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor, 3/11/19 As awful as sleeplessness might feel, if there is strength in numbers, then you can take some small comfort in the fact that you’re far from alone. “The data shows that between 20 and 30 percent of people will be affected with insomnia during the course of their lives,” […]

CBD and Insomnia: What You Need to Know

By Mary Sauer, February 27, 2019 “One mechanism by which CBD works may be through a general calming of the nervous system,” explains Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Cannabis strains will differ in the ratio of CBD to THC, and additional substances, […]

Sleeping In On the Weekend Doesn’t Make Up for Lost Sleep During Week

Written by Kimberly Holland on February 27, 2019 “Sleep debt can increase depressive symptoms, worsen anxiety, lead to substance use, cause weight gain and slow metabolism, worsen inflammation, and impair memory,” Dr. Alex Dimitriu,double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told Healthline. Click HERE for the full article on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.” Click HERE for the full article on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. Click HERE for the full […]

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. Click […]

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.” Click HERE for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Hacks For Reversing Sleep Debt

By Carina Wolff, 12/14/18 If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, consider some natural remedies to help you doze off. “Certain supplements, like tryptophan, melatonin, valerian, or chamomile root may also help deepen sleep,” psychiatrist and sleep doctor Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “Avoiding alcohol and large meals before you do sleep can help as well, […]

Solriamfetol may curb OSA-associated excessive daytime sleepiness

By Marilynn Larkin, December 11, 2018 Solriamfetol, an investigational norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor, improved excessive daytime sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in a phase 3 trial reported last month in Chest. Click HERE for the full article on MDLinx. This same article also ran in Reuters Health and MD Alert.

Do Olly’s Restful Sleep Gummies Work? I Put Them To The Test

By  Olivia Muenter, Dec 2018 One of the greatest ironies in my life is that I have trouble falling asleep when I have anxiety and when I can’t sleep, my anxiety usually grows into a panic attack. You might know the feeling, too: Your mind is racing with what ifs and jumping to the worst conclusions. Then your heart […]

What Does It Mean to be Bipolar?

by ALEX DIMITRIU, MD, December 2018 Everyone experiences normal ups and downs in their mood, but bipolar disorder – characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, energy and activity levels – can make day-to-day life far more challenging. Fortunately, this psychiatric condition can be effectively controlled with a variety of treatment approaches. Click HERE for the full article on […]

How To Sleep Better This Holiday Season

By  Kelsey Butler, November 26, 2018 Thanksgiving dinner arguments. Incessant renditions of “Jingle Bells.” New Year’s Eve merriment. The holidays aren’t exactly known for calm and quiet. In fact, this festive time of year can actually wreak havoc on your rest—for a couple of major reasons. Click HERE for the full article on the Saatva […]

6 Surprising Things That Can Contribute To Nightmares (Huffington Post)

Plus, experts explain how to ward off the bad dreams for good. By Emily Blackwood, 11/21/2018 There are numerous factors that can contribute to disrupted sleep and bad dreams, according to experts. Everyone knows what it’s like to be jolted awake by a particularly scary dream. While it’s easy to blame it on your last […]

9 Things Your Body Is Telling You When You Wake Up In The Middle Of The Night (Bustle)

By Carina Wolff, 11/1918 It’s important to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night, but if you’re waking up frequently, it means your sleep quality is suffering. If you’re someone who finds themselves tossing and turning, you might be wondering what it means when you wake up in the middle of night. […]

Unique Brain Pattern May Predict Schizophrenia Conversion (Medscape)

George W. Citroner, November 15, 2018 A unique brain marker on fMRI may be associated with an increased likelihood of developing schizophrenia later in life. The findings may facilitate much earlier diagnosis of the disorder. The study of more than 200 participants in China showed a threefold psychosis conversion rate for those who were deemed […]

Psychedelics Have Returned to the Research Mainstream (Health News Digest)

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Menlo Park, CA, November 8, 2018 – Most of us associate psychedelics with the 1960s, a time of great social and artistic change when hallucinogens like LSD, psilocybin, and others were promoted as a means of expanding consciousness. But before psychedelics were swept up by the counterculture, leading psychiatrists and researchers were studying – […]

What Does an ADHD Diagnosis Mean for Adults? (Third Age)

by Alex Dimitriu, MD, November 2018 Do you lose or quit jobs frequently because you just can’t focus or stay organized? Have relationship problems because you can’t complete tasks? Forget important things or easily become upset over minor things? It’s possible you have attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is surprisingly common in adults. Click HERE […]

What Does an ADHD Diagnosis Mean for Adults? (Health News Digest)

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Menlo Park, CA, October 24, 2018 – Do you lose or quit jobs frequently because you just can’t focus or stay organized? Have relationship problems because you can’t complete tasks? Forget important things or easily become upset over minor things? It’s possible you have attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is surprisingly common in adults, […]

6 strangely effective sleep tips you haven’t tried before (New York Post)

By Lauren Steussy, October 22, 2018 Experts share quick tips to help set you up to catch some primo z’s. Chill out A cold room — between 60 and 67 degrees — is best for sleep, says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist and sleep doctor based in California. When your body temperature drops, he says, […]

Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Linked to ADHD in Kids (Medscape)

George W. Citroner, October 18, 2018 Prenatal exposure to higher levels of fluoride not only impairs cognitive development but also significantly increases the incidence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, new research shows. Click HERE for the full article on Medscape.

Why Mental Exhaustion Is Physical Too (She Knows)

by Caitlin Flynn, Oct 17, 2018 After a rigorous workout at the gym or a long run, it isn’t surprising we feel physically spent. After all, a physical activity is bound to leave us exhausted. But experiencing physical exhaustion after a long day working hard at our desks can cause us to scratch our heads — […]

Read This If You Take Benadryl To Help You Sleep (Huffington Post)

Experts discuss whether it’s safe to rely on the allergy medicine. By Krissy Brady, 10/17/2018 Fewer things are more frustrating than an out-of-whack sleep cycle. When you’re tired by day and wired by night, it can get to the point where you’ll try just about anything to get a solid night’s sleep ― including taking Benadryl, […]

Are Sleep Issues and Depression Connected? Two Experts Weigh In (Share Care)

Oftentimes, it’s difficult to tell which one comes first. By Madeleine Burry, OCTOBER 12, 2018 Sleep is far more than a luxury, even if we treat it that way, skipping shuteye in favor of answering work emails, binging TV shows, or even waking up early for a workout session. Those nightly hours of rest and […]

‘This is Us’ Takes on Antidepressant Withdrawal. How Serious Is It? (Health Line)

Experts say people can face serious side effects if they abruptly stop taking their antidepressant medications. Written by Kimberly Holland on October 10, 2018 What happens if you suddenly stop taking your antidepressant medication? NBC’s hit television series “This Is Us” is tackling that issue and the serious side effects that go along with antidepressant withdrawal. Click […]

Sleep and Memory: How They Work Together (Health Digest News)

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Menlo Park, CA, October 9, 2018 – “Sleep on it.” We’ve long known that a good night’s sleep confers important benefits on mood, alertness, concentration, and judgment. Research over more than a century has also established that sleep plays an important role in memory retention. More recently, studies have begun to establish more precisely […]

7 Horrifying Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation (Men’s Health)

Remember when your Sim didn’t get enough sleep so he kept falling over? Yeah, it’s kind of like that. BY Kelsey Butler, SEP 25, 2018 Whether it’s due to your loud upstairs neighbors or your snoring bedmate, pretty much everyone has experienced at least a few nights of tossing and turning. Unfortunately, you may have inadvertently […]

‘Relationship ADHD’: Have We Lost the Instinct for Commitment? (Health News Digest)

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Menlo Park, CA, September 28, 2018 – Relationships 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 […]

What Pulling an All-Nighter Does to Your Mind and Body (Vice)

Here’s the bare minimum amount of sleep you need before a big exam. By Nick Keppler, Sep 17 2018 You had a whole week to prepare for your Comparative Lit exam—but then, well, Assassin’s Creed happened. (Lots of Assassin’s Creed.) Now your only hope is the fallback option that college students have relied upon since […]

Is It Possible To Sleep Too Much? 6 Things That Happen When You Get Too Much Rest (Bustle)

By Carina Wolff, 9/13/18 We all know how important sleep is, so it would feel correct to assume that the more sleep you get, the better. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and this includes sleep. There are a number of surprising things that can happen when you sleep too […]

5 Fascinating Shower Tips For Anyone Who Has Trouble Sleeping

By CARINA WOLFF, 9/12/18 When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, you might be focusing more on your bedroom atmosphere or avoiding caffeine too late in the day. However, you also might want to start paying attention to your bathing habits, as there are a number of shower tips that can help you […]

9 Tips for Better Sleep (Alternative Medicine Magazine)

September 2018 The exciting research in sleep science nowadays comes from labs studying the effects of sleep on the brain and what happens when you deprive your brain of restorative sleep. New research suggests that sleeping less than seven to eight hours a night risks memory loss, cognitive decline, and even Alzheimer’s disease. If you regularly […]

How Sleep impacts Brain Health (Alternative Medicine Magazine)

September 2018 As important to your health as good nutrition and regular exercise, the consequences of missing sleep begin with diminished daytime function: mood, energy, concentration and reaction time. But, sleepless nights have implications well beyond making you sleepy the next day. Over the long term, it contributes to obesity and the risk of serious illness. Beyond […]

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Severity Tied to Lipid Levels (MD Alert, Reuters Health, MDLinx)

AUGUST 30, 2018, By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity is independently associated with cholesterol and triglyceride levels, researchers say. Dr. Ludger Grote of Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenberg and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 8,592 patients in the European Sleep Apnea Database without physician-diagnosed hyperlipidemia or reported use […]

6 Mistakes You’re Making When Napping (Bustle)

By Carina Wolff, 8/29/18 Some people live for their daily naps. After all, they can be rejuvenating and the perfect break during an exhausting day. But if you’re just plopping on the couch and sleeping until you see fit, you may not be doing it right. There are a number of mistakes you can make […]

Sleep Issues: Restless Legs Syndrome and Your Sleep (Health News Digest)

Menlo Park, CA, August 23, 2018 – For millions of Americans, a good night’s sleep is an elusive goal. Insomniacs are plagued by a persistent combination of difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking and difficulty getting back to sleep, waking too early, and not feeling rested on waking. Chronic insomnia can have serious implications for quality […]

Ways to Deal with Panic Attacks (Energy Times)

Fear, trembling, sweating, pounding head; racing heart: A panic attack may not kill you, but it certainly feels possible. Psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, has a simple recommendation: breathe. ““Physicians have long known that the relaxation, visualization—and breathing—techniques taught in yoga and used in meditation help many patients manage their anxiety, including panic disorder,” says Dimitriu, […]

This Is What It’s Like to Live With Agitated Depression (Vice)

Agitated depression—or “melancholia agitate”—has been described as a mixed state in which some symptoms of depression exist with those of other psychiatric ailments. By Nick Keppler, Aug 15 2018, 12:29pm For Steven, a “bender” began with a scenario like this: He would be watching a movie at his girlfriend’s apartment. Then the thought hit him: […]

11 Things You Should Know Before Going Off Anti-Anxiety Medication (Insider)

By Arielle Tschinkel, August 8, 2018 If you struggle with anxiety , you know just how difficult it can be to find the best combination of coping tools to help effectively manage your anxiety. Mental health is so important, and seeking professional help — which may include medication, talk therapy, or both — is a crucial step in […]

5 Health Benefits of Sleeping Naked (Shape)

Science says stripping down is good for more than your sex life. By Colleen Stinchcombe | Aug 06, 2018 All of us want a good night’s sleep. And while there are endless suggestions on how exactly to do that, it turns out there might be one simple solution: Stripping down. “There are many benefits to sleeping […]

When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep (Bustle)

By NATALIA LUSINSKI, August 2018 If you’ve ever had insomnia, you know how frustrating it is not being able to fall asleep. Plus, all the pressure — you need to be up soon for work and really want to sleep more than just a few hours. Aside from the exhaustion factor, there are many things that happen when […]

Why You Should Be Using a Sleep Mask Every Single Night (Shape)

These things are the secret to a better night’s sleep. By Colleen Stinchcombe | Aug 03, 2018 Pop quiz: What is a contributing factor in both car accidents and heart disease, causes innumerable injuries every year, plays a role in diabetes and depression, and can make you an unproductive grump at work? It’s a lack […]

How to Recognize the Lesser-Known Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs (Make It Better)

AUGUST 2, 2018, BY BRITTANY ANAS If you are suicidal or suspect someone else is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Or, visit online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org The all-too-frequent deaths by suicide of high-profile celebrities like designer Kate Spade and chef-turned-television personality Anthony Bourdain, as well as members of local communities across the […]

6 Fascinating Things That Happen To Your Body When You Sleep Naked (Bustle)

By CARINA WOLFF, 8/1/18 Some people love sleeping in the nude, but others can’t stand the idea of nixing their cozy pajamas. If you’re someone who lives for sleeping in your favorite flannel set, you might be wondering why on earth someone would want to get in bed unclothed. There are actually a number of fascinating things […]

Allergies Linked to Increased Risk of Psychiatric Disorders (Psychiatric News)

CAROL SORGEN, Published Online:31 Jul 2018 Allergic diseases can lead to a higher risk of psychiatric disorders such as hyperactivity and depression. Individuals with allergic diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis are at higher risk for developing psychiatric disorders, according to a study published last spring in Frontiers in Psychiatry. The study was led […]

Is It the Blues or Is It Clinical Depression? (ThirdAge)

by ALEX DIMITRIU, MD, July 26, 2018 We all feel down, or blue, or sad, at times. Sadness is a natural human emotion, usually triggered by a loss, disappointment, or major life change. This sadness is generally short-lived and dissipates over time as we adjust to a new situation. We often casually refer to this situational […]

Am I Sleep-Deprived and Tired – or Depressed? (Health News Digest)

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Menlo Park, CA, July 26, 2018 – Sleep-deprived? It’s common sense that being fatigued generally leaves us in a foul mood. But how can we tell when we’re sleep-deprived and merely tired – or if we’re actually depressed? Psychiatrist and sleep specialist Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, […]

The Best Anxiety-Relief Products, According To Mental Health Experts (Today)

Feel more calm, happy and energized with these expert recommendations. by Jessica Migala / Jul.24.2018 / 6:01 PM ET / Updated Jul.25.2018 Everyone feels anxious from time to time. But when anxiety feels out of control or fills you up with persistent dread and worry — often for no discernible reason — it might be time […]

How To Respond To The “When Are You Having Kids” Question (HealthWay)

If you find yourself on the receiving end of the “So…when are you having kids?” question—or you’re guilty of asking—read this immediately. BY WENDY ROSE GOULD July 18, 2018 You’re sitting at dinner, just about to bite into that delicious macaroni salad, when your in-law casually throws out the old, “So…when are you two going to […]

Recognizing 4 Common Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder, And What To Do Next (HealthyWay)

When you’re unable to regulate your emotions, every relationship eventually explodes. Here’s how to recognize the signs of BPD. BY HEALTHYWAY STAFF WRITER, JULY 19, 2018 “I felt like he was going to leave me. I felt like everyone was going to leave me.” Ashley, 32, was in a new relationship with a man she really […]

How To Adjust Your Sleep Routine During The Summer Months (NBC Better)

Your diet, the temperature and a busy social calendar may be to blame for that afternoon slump. by Kelsey Butler / Jul.18.2018 Sleep is pretty much my favorite pastime. Over the years, even as other hobbies have come and gone — crocheting, piano playing and terrarium-making among them — snoozing has always been my preferred way to […]

7 Myths About Bipolar Disorder To Stop Believing (Bustle)

By CARINA WOLFF, 7/17/18 When people hear “bipolar disorder,” they might picture someone ecstatic one moment, and depressed another. Because mental health is so stigmatized and often poorly misunderstood, people tend to believe plenty of misconceptions, and there a number of myths about bipolar disorder floating around that just continue to get perpetuated. Because many people don’t […]

Are You Having a Panic Attack? (RadioMD)

Difficulty breathing, sweating, trembling, heart pounding, fear… sounds like you might be having a panic attack. Panic disorder has a genetic component, but panic attacks can occur for anyone. Stress precipitates panic attacks. Someone who is already stressed is prone to panic attacks. Many people suffer quietly. Panic attacks are short-lived and intense, lasting no […]

We Sleep-Train Babies — Why Not Sleep-Coach Adults? (SheKnows)

by Caitlin Flynn, Jul 15, 2018 It’s a sequence of events that’s all-too-familiar to so many: a night of tossing and turning followed by a day of throwing back coffee in a desperate effort to stay awake and alert. Cue the vicious cycle. One in 4 Americans develops acute insomnia each year according to a […]

7 Insomnia Cures That Sleep Experts Swear By (Bustle)

By CARINA WOLFF, 7/16/18 If you’re someone who has suffered from insomnia, you’ve likely tried everything under the sun to help yourself fall asleep at night. Counting sheep may not help, but there are a number of other different cures for insomnia that sleep specialists swear by that might be worth a shot. Sometimes, the answers to your […]

Common Mood Stabilizing Drug Can Increase Risk of Birth Defects (HealthLine)

Written by Ann Pietrangelo on July 2, 2018 Lithium in the first trimester of pregnancy can affect the health of an unborn child, but doctors say stopping this medication can also be risky. Babies of mothers who take lithium in the first trimester of pregnancy are at higher risk of major congenital malformations. But not […]

Is It the Blues or Is It Clinical Depression? (Health News Digest)

Menlo Park, CA, July 12, 2018 – We all feel down, or blue, or sad, at times. Sadness is a natural human emotion, usually triggered by a loss, disappointment, or major life change. According to psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, this sadness is generally short-lived and dissipates over time as we adjust to a new situation. “We […]

10 Phrases You Should Never Say to Kids During a Divorce (Fatherly)

Divorce is a sad, difficult process for all involved — especially kids. It becomes even harder — and more damaging — when you say the wrong things. By Jeremy Brown, Jul 11 2018 We all say things we regret from time to time, but there is no more crucial time for parents to mind their […]

Is ‘Sleep Water’ the Trick to Getting Some Shut-Eye? (HealthLine)

Written by Jessica Peralta on July 10, 2018 Here’s what you need to know about this popular new sleep aid. Many of us have had at least one incident of lying in bed staring at the ceiling during the early morning hours, unable to fall asleep. In fact, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, […]

8 Sneaky Signs Your Stress Could Be Making You Sick (HealthiNation)

Sky-high stress levels can tax your body in a number of subtle ways.  JULY 9, 2018 | BY LAUREN SMITH You might treat stress as something you can just “muscle through” with a little grit and determination. When life feels overwhelming, you can’t say no, so you attempt to squeeze in your favorite gym class, […]

Better Sleep Can Prevent Cognitive Decline (ThirdAge)

by ALEX DIMITRIU, MD, July 2019 Sleep is as important to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to daytime functioning – to our mood, energy, concentration and reaction time – and over the long term, it contributes to obesity and the risk of serious illness. But sleepless nights […]

Suddenly Fearful and Don’t Know Why? Relax and Breathe (Health News Digest)

Menlo Park, CA, June 26, 2018 – Suddenly overcome by fear, trembling, sweating, head pounding; heart racing? Don’t panic!  Relax – and breathe. That’s the advice from psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, who says a focus on slow, deep breathing can help patients get through a panic attack. His comments follow research reported in the April 2018 edition […]

Tips for Handling the Most Toxic People in Your Life (SheKnows)

by Elizabeth Yuko, Jun 25, 2018 When it comes to dealing with toxic relationships, the most obvious solution is to cut ties with the person. This is certainly easier said than done when it comes to friends, people you’ve dated or acquaintances, but what if cutting someone out completely is impossible? These are situations involving […]

Sleeping in on the Weekends Could Be Good for Your Life Expectancy (Brit + Co)

Natasha Lavender · Jun 23, 2018 If your weekday routine consists of dragging yourself out of bed after less than five hours of sleep, a recent study is giving you the go-ahead to turn off your alarm this weekend and sleep in. Conducted in Sweden with over 43,000 participants over 13 years, the study from […]

7 Surprising Effects Sleeping During The Day Has On Your Health Long-Term (Romper)

By Lauren Schumacker, June 18, 2018 You likely already know that getting plenty of sleep at night is in your best interest, but you might not have ever given much thought to the effects that sleeping during the day can have on you, particularly if you don’t typically need to spend much time sleeping during […]

Why We Need to Stop Demonizing Antidepressants (Psychology Today)

Suicide is a leading cause of death in U.S. One risk factor is stigma. By Allison Abrams, LCSW-R , Jun 08, 2018 A  leading cause of death in the United States, suicide has become a significant public health issue both here and worldwide. Mental illness is one of many risk factors in cases of suicide, the most common being depression. Unfortunately, only […]

Better Sleep Can Prevent Cognitive Decline (Health News Digest)

By Staff Editor, Jun 8, 2018 Sleep is as important to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to daytime functioning – to our mood, energy, concentration and reaction time – and over the long term, it contributes to obesity and the risk of serious illness. But according to […]

Lack of Sleep Impairs Brain, Promotes Disease (Westchester Wellness Magazine)

Psychiatrist and Sleep Expert Dr. Alex Dimitriu Offers Tips for Healthier ZZZZ’s June 2018 “To sleep, perchance to dream, ay, there’s the rub.” Unfortunately, the lament of Shakespeare’s Hamlet remains all too true for as many as 70 million Americans who experience some type of sleeping disorder, says noted psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist, Alex […]

Are there antidepressants that don’t cause weight gain? (Metro US)

By Meagan Morris, May 31, 2018 New study links antidepressants and weight gain. Antidepressants might work to help ease the symptoms of depression, but a new study published in The BMJ found that one not-so-wanted side effect of antidepressants is weight gain. “Patients who were normal weight were more likely to transition to overweight, and overweight patients […]

Does Ambien Have Some Intense Side Effects? (SheKnows)

Does Ambien Have Some Intense Side Effects? by Elizabeth Yuko, May 30. 2018 Call it the Ambien alibi: After tweeting some extremely racist and offensive remarks about Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama White House aide, earlier this week, Roseanne Barr is now blaming her inexcusable comments on the common sleep aid Ambien. The now-deleted tweet read: “guys […]

7 Ways To Prevent Nightmares You May Not Know (Bustle)

By EVA TAYLOR GRANT, May 23/ 2018 You may say a movie will “give you nightmares,” and that’s fine. But until you’ve actually been woken up at night in a cold sweat more than a handful of times, you won’t know how stressful the threat of bad dreams actually is. Figuring out how to stop nightmares can […]

Sleep Issues: Lack of Sleep Impairs Brain, Promotes Disease (Health News Digest)

By Staff Editor, May 22, 2018 “To sleep, perchance to dream, ay, there’s the rub.” Unfortunately, the lament of Shakespeare’s Hamlet remains all too true for as many as 70 million Americans who experience some type of sleeping disorder, says noted psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist, Alex Dimitriu, MD. “Getting a sufficient amount of sleep […]

A Good Night’s Sleep Could Ward Off Alzheimer’s

Fascinating recent study; points to a significant function of sleep – housekeeping – of sufficient intensity that it cannot be performed while we are awake. Apparently, the brain has it’s own lymph system – the glymphatic system, which is up to 10x more active during sleep, and readies things for the next day. Interesting to see which […]

Sleepwalking Through Life

I have often joked with my wife, that I have to keep quiet about what I do for a living at any gathering. Sleep and psychiatry, it turns out, are two things people really have on their minds; and in today’s fast times, everyone seems to be stressed by working too much, and sleeping too […]

“Psychobiotics” To Naturally Improve Stress And Memory

Again more evidence supporting the tremendous role of the gut biome in maintaing physical as well as mental health. “The emerging concept of the gut microbiome as a key regulator of brain and behavior represents a paradigm shift in neuroscience. Precise targeting of the microbiome-gut-brain axis with psychobiotics — live microorganisms with a potential mental health […]

45 Minutes To 2 Hours Of Morning Light For Weight Loss

Great article summing up two studies in the LA Times. In summary, morning sunlight, ranging in length from 45 minutes to 2 hours resulted in improved BMI (Body Mass Index measures), and reduced body fat composition. Among numerous variables investigated, the intensity and timing of morning sunlight were found to correlate most strongly with lower […]

Trans-Cranial Direct Current Stimulation (Tdcs) – The Future Of Cognitive Enhancement?

tDCS – Transcranial direct current stimulation; involves the application of a very mild current for 20 minutes to the frontal lobes of the brain, through electrodes placed on the skin. Much to my surprise, this extremely simple and non-invasive technique is proving to have lasting effects on learning and cognition – in some instances, lasting as […]

Sleep Cleans Up The Brain

Published in the New York Times on Jan. 11, 2014

Exercise Improves Memory And Increases Levels Of Bdnf (Brain Growth Hormone)

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011 showed that we can actively modify the gene for the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) with simple exercise. The investigators looked at 120 elderly nondemented individuals over a 1-year period who either stretched or did aerobics. They measured 3 variables: serum BDNF levels, memory […]