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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Can You Use Melatonin for Anxiety? Here’s What You Need to Know

By Lizette Borreli  Sep. 30, 2020 Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, adds that melatonin has been shown to improve sleep quality, which may also help the brain better restore itself at night and be better equipped to handle daily stress and dips […]

Why Morning Anxiety Is a Thing and What to Do About It

By Jessica Migala, September 29, 2020 Your body was built to deal with anxiety as soon as you open your eyes in bed, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual-board certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine in Menlo Park, California. “In the morning, [the stress hormone] cortisol is elevated, and you have more adrenaline and an […]

Sleep Experts Call for End to Daylight Saving Time

By Elizabeth Millard, Fact checked by Andrea Rice, September 11, 2020 For many people, another issue is that it takes more than a few days to adjust, adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “In my practice, issues like insomnia, depression, and anxiety often get worse around the shift in daylight saving, […]

Hot Weather Might be Triggering Your Anxiety Dreams — 7 Ways to Cool Down

Written by Meg Walters on September 11, 2020 According to Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, hot weather causes you to wake up more often at the end of the REM cycle. This means you’re more likely to remember the dream you were […]

These antidepressants are the most popular meds on SingleCare in September

By Jamie Rose, September 9, 2020 In addition to shorter days, September marks the start of the back-to-school season, and many people return to work after summer vacations. According to Alex Dimitriu, MD, the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, many factors can contribute to a declining mood in September: “The official ‘return […]

Forcing a Smile May Improve Your Mood, Study Suggests

By Elizabeth Millard, August 28, 2020 This study highlights a potentially curious feedback loop between external appearance and internal feelings, according to Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “There could well be a link between how we appear and how we feel, whether we are forcibly smiling or simply frowning less,” he […]

Is It an Anxiety Disorder, or Just Life in 2020?

Elizabeth Yuko, 8/25/2020 In some cases, anxiety can cross the line between just being an emotion everyone experiences, to a disorder that could require some form of treatment. But where is that line? According to Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist, everyone has a “baseline” level of anxiety—a certain amount that they feel all the time—as well as […]

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

By Eva Taylor Grant and Jay Polish, Aug. 24, 2020 “Certain medications, taken for sleep, can also cause next-day sedation or headaches,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, M.D., the founder of therapy and psychiatry service Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. If your doctor prescribes sleep medicine to you, make sure you talk about the side effects. And if you’re […]

Here’s what to do if you live with a sleepwalker

By Phoebe Mcrae, August 20, 2020 To help avoid sleepwalking episodes, ensure the sleepwalker adheres to a strict sleep schedule and make note of any potential triggers. As sleep medicine specialist Alex Dimitriu revealed to Well+Good, you should also, “Put gates at the top of stairs, locks on doors, set alarms, and keep floors uncluttered” […]

Tips for Handling the Most Toxic People in Your Life (Who You Can’t Just Cut Out)

by Elizabeth Yuko, AUGUST 18, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist, tells SheKnows that what makes a person toxic is when they intrude on the lives of those around them, noting that “while it may be OK to be a reclusive curmudgeon or an isolated, anxious person, toxicity emerges when these people’s moods try to spread to […]

Dr. Alex Dimitriu: Medical reviewer for Insider Magazine

What causes sleep paralysis and how to reduce your risk By Kelly Burch , Jul 26, 2020 Click HERE for the full article. Do you have narcolepsy? Take this test to screen for symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness by Honah Liles, July 22, 2020 Click HERE for the full article. What is short sleep syndrome? […]

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

By Emilia Paluszek, JULY 23, 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.” Click HERE for the full article.

Burnout In The Time Of Coronavirus 

By Lauren Brauns, July 22, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a California sleep doctor, told Psychology Today that avoiding burnout may be better accomplished by simply paying attention to basic biological needs instead of writing the next American novel. Sleep at least seven hours and aim for eight or nine, Dimitriu said, and eat healthy—even when comfort food […]

Healthcare’s Digital Revolution: How Pop Culture’s Tech Tools Are Impacting Patients and Providers

By Malia Jacobson, Summer 2020 Instead of presenting patients with their health data, providers are now fielding questions about health data that patients bring in with them. “Patients are increasingly bringing in their health data from apps and wearable devices,” says sleep specialist and psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep […]

7 Myths About Bipolar Disorder, Debunked By Experts

By Carina Wolff, July 20, 2020 Not everyone with bipolar disorder will have had a manic episode. “Some people may simply experience cycles of low mood and even mood,” psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “Others may experience periods of increased irritability and productivity — but never the happy high we all associate with bipolar.” Click HERE for […]

What Happens to Your Body When You Can’t Sleep Every Night

By Emilia Paluszek, July 19, 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. Click HERE for the full article.

The One Thing I Started Doing Every Night To Help Me Sleep Like A Baby

JULY 13, 2020, by Christine Flammia This is the same idea behind having a cool bedroom for optimal sleep: “A good amount of research demonstrates that a drop in body temperature results in deeper sleep at night,” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. “For this reason, we advise cool, dark […]

We Asked Health Experts To Break Down How Stress Can Impact Nearly Every Part of the Body

Sonia Weiser・July 13, 2020 Waking up every hour? Unable to fall asleep? Like J Lo, are you tossing and turning, emotions are strong? That’s a classic manifestation of stress. “Stress and anxiety work to make us more vigilant and reactive,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. […]

What’s the Difference? Egocentric vs Egotistical vs Narcissistic

By The Editors  July 2, 2020 “In my professional work, we have come up with a balance between “Darwin and Buddha.” This is essentially a scale or spectrum of ego – from ego centrism to ego dissolution. No ego vs. too much ego. Whatever the label, some people have too much ego, beyond one standard deviation of the norm. When […]

The Connection Between Adderall and Depression

By Sarah Sheppard, Published on July 02, 2020 Though ADHD and depression can be diagnosed separately or together, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, it’s better to treat one condition at a time. Even though ADHD can cause depression, it is best to treat depression first, he explains. Once mood […]

Groundhog Day: Burnout in the Time of COVID

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, Jun 19, 2020 You wake up each day tired. The day ahead seems like a multi-stage triathlon. Too many people have brought up the term “Groundhog Day,” to not mention it formally. You wake up each day tired. The day ahead seems like a multi-stage triathlon. You want to stay in […]

ADHD AFFECTS OLDER ADULTS, TOO. KNOW THE SIGNS AND TREATMENTS AVAILABLE.

By YouAreUNLTD, June 18, 2020 Is your life often chaotic 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, according to psychiatrist and sleep […]

Study Shows Rapid Brain Response to Ketamine for Depression

By Elizabeth Millard, June 16, 2020 “Part of ketamine’s utility is that it has many uses, and has been extensively used on the battlefield, as well as in the rescue of the Thai soccer team from a cave [in 2019],” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “It can lift mood, reduce anxiety, and […]

Sleep, Mental Health, and a Viral Pandemic? It’s Complicated

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, Jun 09, 2020 Sleep, mental health, and now the COVID-19 pandemic? It is a relationship best described in the words of British author Douglas Adams: “All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think.”  Click HERE for the full article.

7 Tips for Living With Depression

By Ruben Castaneda, Staff Writer, June 1, 2020 Prozac, Zoloft and other antidepressants can help with mood symptoms, often within four to six weeks, says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who’s double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine. He’s the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, California. “Side effects are not too common, […]

12 Ways to Wake Yourself Up Before You PTFO at Your Desk

by Kara Cuzzone, MAY 20, 2020 “On the days I feel tired, I often notice just as much of a boost in energy from two cups of water as I would from drinking one cup of coffee,” adds Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. Keep […]

COVID-19: Tales of the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, May 14, 2020 The virus has taken us to simpler time; will we want the “old normal” back? Click HERE for the full article.

Having Trouble Sleeping? Try These Expert-Backed Tips

By Deanna deBara, May 14, 2020 “Exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “Exercise helps the body set its natural rhythm and tells the brain that this is a time to be awake. It [also] boosts […]

What’s Up With the Recurring Quarantine Nightmares?

Anna Gragert, May 11, 2020 Unpleasant and strange as these bad dreams might be for those of us having them, sleep experts aren’t surprised. “In a situation like the current one with Covid-19, with an increase in background stress, it makes sense that we might experience more disturbing dreams,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo […]

Screens, Sleep and Home Office Syndrome with Dr. Alex Dimitriu

Podcast host Malia Jacobson, May 7, 2020 Right now, screens connect us to our families, friends, teachers, workplaces, and the world. They also sabotage our sleep. On this episode, psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist Alex Dimitriu, MD, talks about how light exposure shapes our physical and mental health, how to protect sleep when screens are […]

Screen Time Doesn’t Hurt Kids’ Social Skills, Study Finds

by George Citroner on May 1, 2020 “Excess screen time, especially in the evening hours, and even more so just before bed, is bad for everyone’s sleep,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park (California) Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. “The blue light from the screen — yes, […]

7 Benefits of Weighted Blankets, Explained by Sleep Specialists

By Kara Cuzzone , | Apr. 29, 2020 In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, participants with insomnia slept more calmly and spent less time awake in the middle of the night than when they used their regular bedding. They also subjectively believed that the blankets provided them with a better quality sleep. But it’s important […]

Can depression cause insomnia? Yes, the conditions are closely related

MK Manoylov, April 29, 2020 This article was medically reviewed by Alex Dimitriu, MD, psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine.  Depression and insomnia often go hand-in-hand. That’s because depression can disrupt many aspects that help control our sleep-wake cycle.  This disruption can make it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. Here’s what you […]

Staying Up Too Late Only to Feel Exhausted During the Day? Here’s How to Break the Habit

By Caitlin Flynn, April 23, 2020 Of course, committing to getting up at the same time every morning can be difficult if you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, so you may need to power through a period of feeling tired. Once you’re up, try getting some light exercise — or at least some natural light […]

Are sleeping pills safe? The risks of prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids, and how to use them safely

By Erin Heger, 4/20/2020 Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early for at least three nights per week over a period of three months, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.  Other factors that can affect sleep, such as depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance use, or […]

Are naps good for you? 20 to 30 minute naps are best

By Mary Sauer, 4/16/2020 “A short nap of 20 to 30 minutes can often be a healthy alternative to drinking more coffee,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. In fact, getting about 30 minutes of sleep can put you in a better mood and improve your memory. According to […]

Why am I having weird dreams? The science behind your dreams and how to manage them

By Erin Heger, 4/16/2020 You’re working through your emotions. “There is evidence that dreams are the mind’s form of self-therapy,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. “We form memories, process experiences, as well as feelings when we sleep. REM or dream sleep is believed to be particularly important in […]

COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels More Anxiety Dreams

Article by: Jennifer Nelson, Apr 13, 2020 “We know that people can problem solve in their dreams, and so, as the overall anxiety level has crept up, it is not uncommon that we may have more anxious dreams,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry […]

Why depression makes you tired and how to deal with fatigue

By Madeleine Burry, 4/13/2020 “Fatigue and depression can look quite similar,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, psychiatrist and sleep medicine expert, and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. With both depression and fatigue, symptoms include low energy, low motivation, and anhedonia, or a loss of interest in pleasurable activities, Dimitriu says. One distinguishing factor […]

TMS may curb cognitive impairments in chronic schizophrenia

By Marilynn Larkin, APRIL 8, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in California, commented in an email to Reuters Health, “This study looks fairly solid and supports prior evidence that 10-20 hz stimulation can improve cognition in non-schizophrenic patients (https://bit.ly/2RlPa8S). “One major limitation for clinical practice may be that patients may […]

Sleeping in on the Weekends Could Be Good for Your Life Expectancy

Natasha Lavender, Apr 05, 2020 Before you let yourself off the hook for staying up for just one more episode of your favorite Netflix show every weeknight, hear out the experts. California-based psychiatrist and sleep specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu says, “I worry about studies like this, because we’re already a sleep-deprived society. Just look at the lines in Starbucks! […]

Tips To Help Stop Touching Your Face

Apr 01, 2020 Hand hygiene is an important precaution, washing our hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water helps reduce the risk of passing on anything to our faces that we may have picked up on our hands. “A new ring, jewelry, or even a rubber band around the wrist can serve […]

8 Ways to Conquer Your Nightmares Once and For All, According to Sleep Experts

By Alyssa Jung, Mar 31, 2020 One common nightmare trigger is stress. “They sometimes result from us trying to solve problems in our sleep — this is the brain’s rehearsal system at work in the night, so too much daytime stress can lead to nightmares when you go to bed,” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., founder of […]

7 Common Anxiety Dreams & What Experts Say They Mean

by Elizabeth Yuko, Mar 20, 2020 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 […]

Adderall withdrawal can cause depressive symptoms

By Erin Heger, 3/18/20 Adderall increases dopamine levels in the brain, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that transmits signals between neurons and the brain, and affects responses around motivation, reward, and pleasure. When dopamine is present in high levels, as it is in people taking stimulants like Adderall, the […]

Sleep Debt: How To Make Up For Lost Sleep & Why It Matters

By Sarah Ellis, March 14, 2020 Think of your body like a bank, and each night you’re depositing a set amount of money into it. If you miss your “payment” one night, you’ll owe more money the next night to make up for it. Sleep deprivation accumulates in this way. “Sleep is indeed like a […]

Why a Lack of Sleep Can Make You Angry

March 2020 “Lack of sleep can result in a wide variety of symptoms, which are fortunately reversible once sleep is restored,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double-board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. Dimitriu says sleep has a powerful role to play in our brain health.  Click HERE […]

Distraction Nation — Why Adults Are Getting Treated for Attention Disorders

March 2020 “There is no doubt that longer work hours, constant interruptions, and decreased sleep time are contributing to the rise of ADHD,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double-board certified psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist at Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, located in the Silicon Valley area of northern California. These constant demands for attention, combined […]

You Probably Touch Your Face 16 Times an Hour: Here’s How to Stop

Written by George Citroner on March 9, 2020 “When actively working, people will often shake their foot, play with their hair, or in these instances, touch their faces. It certainly helps to know when you are most vulnerable to such activities and try to stay aware, during the meeting, or phone call, or while engrossed […]

GOT THE WINTER BLUES OR IS IT SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS? HOW TO SPOT A MOOD DISORDER

By YouAreUNLTD, March 6, 2020 According to psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of the Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine Center in Menlo Park, CA, sadness is generally short-lived and dissipates over time as we adjust to a new situation. “We often casually refer to this situational sadness as depression,” he says, “but it is important to distinguish […]

How Daily Naps Can Boost Your Health

By Deanna deBara, March 6, 2020 “The ideal time for a power nap is around the siesta time in some countries, which is usually between 1-3 PM,” says Dimitriu. If you can’t get in a nap in before 3 PM, it’s best to push through until bedtime. “Try to avoid napping later, especially too close to […]

Can NyQuil Cause Memory Loss?

By Julia Rachel Malacoff, March 04, 2020 Another potential (and ironic) side effect of some antihistamine-containing OTC sleep aids is less-than-great sleep. “There is some concern that diphenhydramine may also negatively impact sleep by reducing REM sleep (or dream sleep),” says Dr. Dimitriu. Lack of REM sleep can affect your memory, mood, cognitive performance, and even cell regeneration, so this […]

What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Body

By Isadora Baum, February 25, 2020 Extended sleep deprivation can put you at higher risk for a heart attack, he adds. That’s not just due to the risk of elevated cortisol and elevated blood pressure; it’s also because sleep deprivation can make you gain weight, adding stress to all your body’s systems. When people lose […]

Why You Sometimes Twitch Awake Right Before You Fall Asleep

By Kate Bratskeir, 01/17/2020 Sleep starts are common in healthy people, but can be exacerbated by fatigue, sleep deprivation or stimulant use (caffeine and beyond), added Alex Dimitriu, a double board-certified expert in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. For the most part, hypnic jerks are benign and nothing to worry […]

A (Former) Night Owl’s Guide to Becoming a Morning Person

By Harry Guinness, Jan. 16, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of the Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine clinic, explained it like this: “Long days leave us tired and exhausted, but the reality is, our days would be less hard, and less exhausting, if we weren’t so tired through them. The trouble with being a night owl […]

8 Natural Sleep Aids That Will Actually Help You Rest, According to Sleep Specialists

By Kara Cuzzone,  JAN. 15, 2020 It’s no coincidence that you pass out on the couch every time you cozy up with your weighted blanket. According to the National Sleep Foundation, that’s because they decrease anxiety, increase serotonin levels and reduce restlessness for some people. “I’ve had a number of patients report benefit from these,” confirms Alex Dimitriu, […]

New Research Shows How Sleep Clears Toxins from the Brain

January 14, 2020. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today about how sleep clears toxins from the brain. We’ve long known that 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 […]

Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled Since 1999, Here’s Why

by George Citroner on January 8, 2020 “I think it’s important to recognize what alcohol is. Alcohol is effectively, in many ways an anesthetic, alcohol makes you feel less, not feel more,” Alex Dimitriu, of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, told Healthline. “The question then becomes, ‘What is it that we’re trying to anesthetize?’ Because I […]

Romantic Relationships: When to Say Goodbye

by Brian Krans, January 8, 2020 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, said that you can also support your partner by offering “gentle, nonjudgmental supervision and guidance” and encouraging healthy behaviors. These behaviors include: getting sufficient, regular sleep using minimal substances exercising performing simple, daily mood tracking practicing self-awareness taking medications as prescribed Click HERE for the full article.

Bipolar Disorder Has a Softer Side

1/6/2020. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology on the topic of Identifying bipolar disorder’s “softer side”. It’s true. Bipolar disorder has a “softer side,” and that’s what makes the condition’s diagnosis all the more challenging in people who have a wide array of what might be considered “finer symptoms.”  Classic bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic, extreme mood swings—from high “highs” […]

WHY DO PEOPLE TALK IN THEIR SLEEP, ANYWAY—AND WHAT CAN THEY DO ABOUT IT?

By Jessica Estrada, DECEMBER 16, 2019 Well, most pressing to note is that although sleep talking may seem like a bit of a strange habit (and probably not one that’ll endear you to any bedmates), it’s nothing to worry about from a health perspective. “Sleep is the most important thing for the mind and should […]

8 Wellness Trends We’d Like To Leave Behind In 2019

By Julia Ries, 12/10/2019 On top of that, easy access to the IVs reduces the consequences of heavy drinking. If we’re not paying for our alcohol-infused mistakes with a brutal hangover, how are we ever going to learn? “While likely an effective way to rehydrate, the process of getting too drunk, hungover, to the point of requiring nearly […]

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

December 5, 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,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, told POPSUGAR. […]

How to fall asleep faster, according to sleep doctors

Updated Nov. 13, 2019 By Wendy Rose Gould You’ve heard this advice ad nauseam, 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, MD, who’s board-certified in both psychiatry and sleep medicine. “Knowing how to clear your thoughts and […]

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 […]

Night and Day: The Essential Role of Sleep Medicine

Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today on the topic of The Essential Role of Sleep Medicine. Sleep is truly the other half of our waking lives, as well as an essential half of modern psychiatry. During sleep, our brains recharge the neurotransmitters that are so important to our mood and thinking—dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, to […]

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 […]