Fall Asleep With Bedtime Stories For Adults: And Other Surprising Ways Your Phone Can Help You Sleep
Even when you are tired of your dog, it can be difficult to shut down at the end of the day. And anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic has made it much more difficult.
In fact, up to three-quarters of Britons said unease over the global pandemic was affecting their sleep in one way or another, a survey commissioned by The Sleep Council, The Sleep Charity and Sleepstation found, found. ‘they interviewed nearly 3,000 participants, five weeks after confinement.
While it’s not easy to calm a restless mind – especially when many of our worries are warranted – there are a plethora of soothing podcasts available to help you unwind.
Anna Maxted explored the possibility of improving sleep with podcasts, as research reveals three-quarters of Britons have had their eyes closed affected by the pandemic (file image)
Whether it’s whispered conversations, bedtime stories, or soothing white noise, it’s all here to download and help you get to the land of the nod.
So why and how do these podcasts work (or not? Dr Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert who works with Sleepstation and The Sleep Council, says, “Some people have soothing voices and it’s easy to walk away from them.”
Dr Stanley, author of How To Sleep Well, adds: “Some people live by the sea, so listening to the waves crashing is a good sound to fall asleep, because it is their everyday sound. If you live in central Britain, your brain will probably think, ‘What’s going on? Are we inundated? ‘
Essentially, any conversion sound or topic that you perceive to be negative or that taps into your internal fears will keep you alert. Dr Stanley says: “It’s a question of context. If a sound is meaningful and perceived as threatening, or strange, then you need to listen to it because you don’t know what it is, that’s a problem. You will not be able to fall asleep with this sound. If you can basically ignore it, then that’s okay. ‘
Choosing the best podcasts that make you dream isn’t easy, but after sleeping on them, here are my top five.
Sleep With Me: The Podcast That Put You To Sleep by Drew ‘Scooter’ Ackerman, sleepwithmepodcast.com
Anna said Sleep With Me: The podcast that puts you to sleep (pictured), has over 870 episodes to choose from
It describes itself as “a silly stories podcast for adults,” with over 870 episodes to choose from. Millions of people download them for free every month.
I fell in love with It all started with an ice cream bar, “a bedtime story about how an heir to an ice cream fortune helps a friend”. I snuggle up, with an earpiece and the volume down.
At first, I am puzzled. Drew is an affable American with a mellow accent, rambling about an ice cream bar that’s also a debate club, but also stumbling and leaving sentences unfinished.
I am vaguely aware that he is saying half anything. I can’t quite follow his point and neither can he. He continues to set off on tangents, remembering things he has forgotten. It’s all very nice, and not as boring as it should be.
Next thing I know, I wake up from sleep to take the earbud out of my ear.
The next morning, I am able to appreciate the ingenuity of this podcast and its “trapezoidal logic”. Your brain can’t focus, so it stops trying and you pass out.
Anna revealed the Sleepy podcast (pictured) helped her fall asleep within 25 minutes of listening to The Little Princess
There is a great selection of bedtime story podcasts.
If you prefer a female narrator, you can try Scare You To Sleep – delightfully scary stories, sent by listeners, not always perfectly plotted, but conducive to feeling warm and safe under the covers.
However, I chose Sleepy because the stories are classics – Black Beauty, Peter Pan, The Little Princess – and it turns out that reading your childhood favorites to your forties is a treat.
Deep-voiced host Otis Gray, a radio producer from New York City, has an expressive yet understated delivery and I’m thrilled. My problem is that I stay awake out of sheer excitement.
But, after 25 minutes of The Little Princess, however lively and captivating it is, I am sleepy (as it is written on the box). I reluctantly turn it off. Sleep comes as easily as when I was ten years old.
PERFECT CAT SEAT
ASMR Sleep and Relaxation, sleepandrelaxasmr.com/
Anna revealed that Sleep and Relax ASMR (pictured) did not help her sleep, but many people found it helpful
It’s gaining space because so many people find this podcast a catalyst for sleep.
For me, however, the ambient sound of waves, a street pub in Rio or a Parisian cafe, leaves me awake, causing no Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).
It’s the technical term for “brain twitching,” a deliciously relaxing sensation some people experience when they hear tapping or whispering.
I try a deep sleep meditation, but find the step-by-step instructions boring in a non-drowsy sense. Bubble Wrap Popping sounds like fireworks.
A whispered ASMaRticle – on The Parliament of 1327 – is no longer the ticket. As is an episode on The Definitive Guide Of Cat Breeds. While I rarely get tired of talking about cats, the host’s waffle puts me to sleep after a while.
A podcast with something for everyone, after all.
Sleep Whispers, sleep chuchotements.com
Anna said Sleep Whispers (pictured) is so effective it took six attempts to examine it
This podcast, hosted by ‘Whispering Harris’ is so effective it takes me six attempts to review it.
His podcasts include stories, trivia, discussions and readings from Wikipedia pages. The soft hiss of his words seems to tickle and stroke the inside of my head. It’s a physical sensation, as well as an emotional one – he chats and shushes you to sleep. I realize this triggers ASMR.
Very quickly, her whisper struck me as hypnotic and helped me pass out at night, overriding any internal chatter. When I got up at 4:30 a.m. to let the cat out, which usually leaves me awake until six, Harris gently soothed me back to sleep.
RIGHT AS RAIN
Atmosphonic: Sounds to help you sleep, atmosponic.net
Anna revealed Atmosphonic: Sounds to help you sleep (pictured) have no host but rather hour-long nature recordings
There are only 18 episodes of this podcast; just one hour recordings of Brighton tide or Lowestoft waves for example. No host, no cat (if there is any, I haven’t been awake that long.)
There is an afternoon thunderstorm recorded in Hertfordshire and morning birds in a Lincolnshire garden.
But that’s not all natural – one episode is called The Old Radiator. And there are recordings from further afield, like the sound of rushing water at Urrioafoss Falls in Iceland.
As an Englishwoman, I found Inside A Car, In The Rain, as effective as a lullaby. And that’s the key – what you find overwhelming is personal.
But no matter what, rest assured, you’ll find a bedtime podcast that’s right for you.