It's not easy to drift off to sleep when you're not really tired. Most of the time, you need a little push. If you're not into counting sheep, you might want to listen to these sleep-inducing podcasts to lead you to the Land of Nod.
At night, when the world is quiet, things come alive - like creativity and worry - and they keep you up even when you're in your cosy negligee. It's important to slow down these thoughts to get your much-needed sleep. One way to do that is to tune in to meditative channels that will give you a dreamy feeling and lull you down to a soothing slumber.
While light music and boring television shows are potent to hum us to the land of Nod, the stimulating glares of the screen will definitely keep you awake. Luckily, there's another alternative: listening to podcasts. These offer your busy mind a nice diversion with soothing talks that might even add to your genius. Take a look at our handpicked podcasts before bedtime and choose the ones that can help you sleep:
The meditation app Calm is narrated by Stephen Fry. It's a 24-minute audio clip that tells of his journey through Southern France as he breathes in the fragrance of lavender fields. The whimsical factor of this podcast helps you imagine that panoramic setting, all while you drift away to a nice nap.
Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast is a lush reading of some of the world's greatest tales from a wide variety of authors, including ones by James Joyce. If you're seeking for bedtime thrills, this podcast is for you! Each episode lasts half-an-hour, just enough time to prep you up for snoozing. The best part? Its stories are archived since 2008, so you can enjoy episodes from way, way back if you're up for it!
On Being stars scientists, thinkers, authors and other inspiring personalities that will keep you encouraged, and educated, as you slowly fall into slumber. Host Krista Tippet's soothing voice is another factor that will aid you in falling asleep.
The Daily Meditation Podcast offers short, guided meditations from Mary Meckley, including helpful tips on how to release anger and gain confidence. It is a perfect antidote to those who needs to calm down (especially sufferers of depression and anxiety). Everything is delivered in a soothing, hush tone that makes it perfect for your bedtime pleasures. The episodes last about 10 minutes long, but the podcast channel itself carries more than a thousand titles you can enjoy during your downtime.
Sleep With Me is a podcast dedicated to making you yawn. Since its conception in 2013, the program has been creating long-hour episodes of unusual stories, enough to quell your anxiety and calm you down. Tip: Craving for a few more stories? The podcast Sleep to Strange is run by the same person and comes with almost similar content, minus the zesty introduction. However, the two episodes aren't mirrored to one another for variety in order.
Classical Music Discoveries give you an entire playlist of symphonies that will tickle your orchestral taste-buds. It's particularly effective for those who are suffering from insomnia. How about listening to some Bach of Debussy before you lull into dreamland?
ASMR Sleep Station takes a different route in helping you calm down. Instead of just telling you stories, it triggers your autonomous sensory meridian response byt offering a collection of repetitive ambient sounds – whispering, humming, tapping, among many. These sounds are said to keep you steady and asleep.
Spotify has a wide range of relaxing melodies in their Sleep playlist, which includes light-hearted noises that will make you doze off. If that’s still not enough, you can jump to the platform’s user-compiled tracks for sleeping, which includes Drone Music and Soundscapes. Further down the musical rabbit hole, get your ear candy from acoustic beats from Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Sam Smith, and film soundtracks.
Deep Energy 2.0 is a music series intended for slow activities: sleep, meditation, massage, relaxation, and even yoga! The hour-long mix throws in ambient sounds to keep you company while you stretch your legs in your silk pyjamas and dream away.
There you go, a collection of sleep-inducing podcasts to help you get through those wide-awake nights. Use these channels to soothe your worries and head to slumberdom as pleasurably as possible.