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139 “Why am I so tired?”

with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Do you ever feel like you’re running on fumes? No matter how much sleep you get, how many days off you take, or how often you “rest,” you still feel exhausted. You’re not alone. 

Sixty-five percent of Americans say they rarely wake up feeling rested and energized. 

Today’s guest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and award-winning author of Sacred Rest, suggests the problem isn’t that you’re not resting but that you’re not getting the right rest. Join Mickenzie and Hannah as they explore Dr. Saundra’s findings around the seven types of rest and how addressing our individual rest deficits can lead to unlocking our greatest potential, better mental health, overcoming burnout, and more. 

Meet this episode’s expert

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and award-winning author. She is an international well-being thought-leader featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, INC, CNN Health, and She is the author of numerous books including her bestseller Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life.

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Mentioned in this episode

In this episode:  

5:09 – How Dr. Saundra addressed her personal burnout  

11:06 – The relationships between sleep and rest  

16:46 – Dr. Saundra’s definition of rest  

18:13 – The seven types of rest  

23:09 – How to address our rest deficits  

28:19 – Why we can’t rest  

34:21 – How to celebrate other’s ability to rest  

39:40 – Different ways to build rhythms to care for our rest deficits  

48:30 – How Dr. Saundra gets seven types of rest  

Sacred Rest

How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.

Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, and creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.

By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.

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