Sound Sleep and Sacred Rest: How to Restore Your Sanity and Sustain a Healthy Lifestyle with Dr. Meir Kryger & Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Original Air Date Wednesday, July 24, 2019

In the U.S., studies have proven that 30% of people are sleep deprived and up to 50% need additional rest. Lack of rest and sleep is a serious issue as it can adversely affect our ability to make decisions, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and replenish our body’s ability to repair itself. Common misconceptions about what constitutes proper sleep hygiene abound. To wake us up to the benefits of a good night’s rest, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two sleep specialists about how to get better rest and better sleep for a better life.  Yale’s Dr. Meir Kryger shares his expert knowledge about sleep deprivation, why we should prioritize sleep, and tips on how to sleep more soundly. And medical media expert, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith shares how we can restore our sanity through making the most of the seven different types of rest.


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Dr. Meir Kryger — Make Sleep a Priority:
  • Dr. Kryger describes the effects of sleep deprivation on our society. [2:06]
  • Good sleep hygiene does not include clutching a cellphone in bed. [6:36]
  • Why women have life-long sleep issues men don’t experience. [9:42]
  • The effects of drugs, depression, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on sleep. [14:37]

Meir Kryger, MD, is a professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine who has been treating patients with sleep disorders for over 40 years. He described the first case of sleep apnea in North America. He is the chief editor of the most widely used textbook in sleep medicine, The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine and the Atlas of Clinical Sleep Medicine. His new book The Mystery of Sleep is geared toward the public and was published on March 21, 2017.

Book: The Mystery of Sleep


Kryger Books Website
@mhkryger on Twitter
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Dr. Saunrda Dalton-Smith — Rest-ore Your Sanity:
  • The distinction between sleep and rest and why it’s important to restore depleted energy. [27:55]
  • Dr. Dalton-Smith describes the 7 types of rest. [30:42]
  • Why women often put rest on the backburner. [34:15]
  • The science behind rest and what happens in our body when we are in a restful state. [38:41]
  • The value of exercise for restoring circulation and improving rest. [43:45]
  • Dr. Dalton-Smith describes creative rest and the effect of spiritual experiences in our brains. [45:31]

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified physician.  She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and a top 100 medical expert in Good Housekeeping Doctors’ Secrets.

Book: Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, and Restore Your Sanity


I Choose My Best Life Website
@drdaltonsmith on Twitter
Dr Saundra Dalton Smith on Facebook

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