You’ve heard you shouldn’t watch TV before bed, or fiddle with your phone; but you don’t have to lay in silence, counting sheep, waiting for sleep to come.
There’s another alternative, and luckily the trend has taken off so much, you’ve got options!
Why not try a podcast? You may be used to listening to them in the car, while working or as background noise; but have you considered a sleep podcast?
Check it out.
What they say: “Can’t fall asleep? Mind racing at night? Worries keeping you awake? We are here to help! “Sleep With Me” is a groundbreaking podcast, that uses boredom superpowers to help you fall asleep. Kind of like a bedtime story for grownups, just interesting enough for you to forget your problems but boring enough to put you to sleep. So get in bed, press play and drift off into dreamland.”
Our thoughts: The show’s host, Drew Ackerman is indeed quite the bore — but in the most soothing, reassuring way possible. Listening to him review his latest Trader Joe’s shopping adventure is nothing short of dull, yet relatable enough to calm the mind and send you off to sleep without a care in the world.
What they say: “Don’t watch ‘Game of Thrones,’ don’t worry this will put you to sleep anyway. Can ‘Game of Thrones’ help you fall asleep? Tonight it will, as I analyze episodes using progressive boredom to lull you off to dreamland.”
Our thoughts: The same host as Sleep With Me, but better suited for Sci-Fi/Fantasy buffs or adults craving a bedtime story, Ackermann offers Game of Thrones recaps. No need to actually watch the show, listening to Ackerman’s account of the snooze-worthy plot will likely deter you from picking it up in the first place!
What they say: “Join meditation coach, Mary Meckley, for daily meditation inspiration as she answers your questions and guides you on the journey of establishing a daily meditation ritual.”
Our thoughts: Don’t fret if meditation isn’t exactly your “thing” — Mary introduces meditation as a small addition to incorporate into your regular lifestyle. No prior experience necessary, simply tune in, chill out and find your inner peace before drifting off to sleep.
What they say: “Join host Hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton for mind-shifting mini meditations to calm your anxiety, overcome negative thinking, increase your confidence in 10(ish) minutes or less! Every effort is made to present the meditation imagery and topics in a non-dogmatic, non-religious based way.”
Our thoughts: Chel’s mini meditation sessions are truly for anyone and everyone — there’s no excuse not to tune in for a mere 10 minutes per day. Even the biggest meditation skeptics can find solace in Chel’s sessions, as they’re completely devoid of any religious or dogmatic associations — perfect for all audiences looking for a little ease!
What they say: “Snap Judgment (Storytelling, with a BEAT) mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic, kick-ass radio.”
Our thoughts: Glynn Washington has a true flair for words and music — the combination is nothing short of magic. You’ve never heard storytelling like this before, and the added soundtrack of music is a sleep lover’s paradise. While both funny and witty, Glynn also tackles poignant current events and social issues through the lense of human experience.
What they say: “Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today’s biggest luminaries.”
Our thoughts: Who hasn’t heard of Terry Gross? Her melodic voice has been streaming through speakers and earbuds since 1985 — she is a radio and now podcast legend. Each episode introduces important figures in the arts, entertainment, culture, journalism and global news — there’s a little something for every listener.
What they say: “Short stories and commentary shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.”
Our thoughts: Relatively new to the podcast scene, just shy of 90 episodes, Shannon shares personal stories and anecdotes, both thought-provoking and real. If you’re looking for a “grittier” version of the tradition bedtime story, look no further than Homemade Stories.
What they say: “A 60 minute New Age, Ambient, peaceful journey of sounds for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage and Yoga.”
Our thoughts: Deep Energy is a profoundly useful tool for insomniacs or poor sleepers, as it truly requires no thought or effort on your part. Simply tune in, then tune out. Each episode has a different theme, from gratitude to balance to dreams. Choose what you’re looking for and let the soothing energy lull you to sleep.
What they say: “How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos.”
Our thoughts: Science, nature, history, technology, engineering buffs rejoice! This is the podcast for you. Each episode covers a new and unique subject, uncovering the hidden mechanics and goings on in our world, which you may have never even thought about. Josh and John add a humorous twist, while still delivering on the content, making it accessible to all audiences.
What they say: “The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar is here and speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return.”
Our thoughts: Hosted by the world-renowned author, Cheryl Strayed of “Wild,” listeners are treated to a deeply human and authentic experience. You’ve never felt more connected with your fellow earthlings than now — Dear Sugar is the hug we all need for a good night’s rest.
What they say: “The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.”
Our thoughts: At times hilarious, heart-breaking, suspenseful and intriguing — The Moth leaves nothing on the table. Each episode is recorded live, so you almost feel like you’re in the room with the audience, laughing and sometimes crying along with them. It’s a truly international experience, as storytellers come from all walks of life to share their message with the world.
Now that you’ve heard our favorites — what’s your go-to podcast for bedtime?
Let us know in the comments below!