The Sound of Sleep: podcasts to help you drift off
Over the past couple of years, ‘podcast’ has become somewhat of a buzz word in the world of digital communication. There are now more than 550,000 active podcasts and the number continues to rapidly increase. In 2019 there is pretty much a podcast out there for everything, covering even the most niche of topics. But, if you’re struggling to drift at night, listening to a podcast might not be your first port of call. From specifically created music and sounds to guided meditations and bedtime stories, there are a whole range of different sounds that can help you destress and peacefully fall asleep at night. We thought we’d share a few of our favourites.
We all remember how bedtime stories as kids used to help us drift off peacefully into the land of nod. Well, this podcast brings the age-old sleep hack of storytelling into adult life. Created by Drew Ackerman who has suffered from insomnia since childhood, each episode tells a bedtime story that is designed to progressively become more and more uninteresting to help you gradually fall asleep. Ackerman has described his creation as “the podcast the sheep listen to when they get tired of counting themselves.”
We’ve spoken before about the benefits of meditation for helping you to destress and fall asleep easier at night time. Created by Tracks to Relax, the Guided Sleep Meditations podcast provides you with all the tools you need to do just that. Episodes can be anything from 10 to 40 minutes long and are made up of soothing guided meditations to help you doze off.
This weekly podcast creates audio experiences to help you relax and fall asleep. The sounds promote an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), an experience categorised by tingling sensations on the skin that generally starts at the scalp and moves down the neck and spine. Some common triggers that you might have experienced are blowing, whispering, touching the head, and scratching. This podcast uses common audio ASMR triggers including gentle speaking and soothing waves to help you destress the mind and unwind before bed.
If podcasts aren’t your thing, but you’re looking for a relaxing piece of music to listen to in bed, we’ve got the perfect track for you. Devi Prayer by Craig Pruess and Ananda is a 20-minute calming piece of music makes a regular appearance in yoga classes across the country. It’s one of the most relaxing tracks that we’ve heard, and we often stick on when we’re struggling to get some shut eye. It’s even helped our energetic Saymor pup Anya calm down and drift off to sleep!
So, if you’re suffering with sleep, why not pop some headphones in and give one of these a try? Audio can be such a powerful tool in helping you to unwind, and it might even deliver a low-cost, prescription-free improvement to your insomnia. That’s music to our ears.