4 Common Mistakes That Could Be Costing You Sleep

Available for Interviews: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician, a work-life integration researcher, and an international expert on mind-body-spirit connection. She is also an international speaker and bestselling author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.

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4 Common Mistake People Make:

Over 40 million people suffer with sleep-deprivation. Despite significant advances in sleep-inducing medications, pillows, and mattresses, many are still not able to experience the high-quality deep restorative sleep they desire. 

Here are four common mistakes people make:

Mistake #1: You don’t clear your cerebral space before going to bed.  If you have even closed your eyes to sleep only to have your mind begin to rattle off your to-do list for the next day or rehearse a conversation you had earlier, then you’ve already experienced the poor sleep associated with a busy mind. This mistake can be solved by incorporating “brain-dumping” as part of your evening bedtime routine.

Mistake #2: You try to sleep while still in a state of sensory overload. From the lights on your electronics to the sounds in your home to the smells throughout your day, your senses are constantly under attack. In order to experience deeper levels of non-REM sleep, you need to be intentional with getting adequate amounts of sensory rest before attempting to sleep. 

Mistake #3: Your body has not been prepped for sleep. It’s difficult to sleep if your body is still holding on to tension from your day. To enjoy the passive physical rest of great sleep, you need to make time in your day for active physical rest activities that restore the circulation, flexibility, and lymphatics drainage within the body.

Mistake #4: You try to bank sleep hours. Your body does not have a sleep bank where you can deposit 8-9 hours on Saturday and make a withdrawal on Tuesday when you only get 4 hours. Each night’s sleep is important to the next day’s level of performance. Attempt to get roughly the same number of hours of sleep each night. When your mind is clear, your senses are detoxified, and your body is calm, it is much easier to drift into deep restorative levels of sleep.


Interview: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith runs a consulting and coaching business in Birmingham, AL that helps leaders and high-achievers reshape their view on change, communication, and self-care to optimize their personal and professional effectiveness. She is an international wellness expert and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, FOX, MSNBC, Prevention, Psychology Today, Redbook, and Women’s Day. Dalton-Smith is also an international speaker, a CDC Wellness Series speaker, and hosts a podcast I Choose My Best Life. She is the author of numerous books including her newest bestselling Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, which includes ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at RestQuiz.com. Learn more about her at: DrDaltonSmith.com.

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