The daddy of sleep podcasts, Drew Ackerman’s droll ‘Sleep with Me’ has been running biweekly since 2013. Essentially it’s a series of droney shaggy dog stories and dreamy lullaby advertising jingles that aim to put you asleep by distracting your brain via the obscure, dense and often downright boring knottiness of the stories. It seems likely that ‘Sleep with Me’s more loyal listeners are more there for the stories than the sleep, but it’ll help put you in the mood, no question.
While most of us have fallen asleep in the middle of listening to some podcast or other, there’s also an entire, surprisingly prolific genre of podcasts specifically devoted to helping insomniacs nod off.
There are many differing sleep podcasts to choose from, but let’s be frank: there’s only so much variation here. The purpose of all of these podcasts is to help you to fall asleep, so there is a certain inevitable repetitiveness, with the goals of almost all of them being to either relax you to sleep or – in many cases – bore you until you lose consciousness.
Will they get the job done better than listening to a particularly droney episode of ‘This American Life’? Maybe yes, maybe no, maybe you’ll get to sleep only marginally faster. But these sleep podcasts have been created with care, by people who really believe in what they’re doing: it’s time to turn on, tune in, and nod off.
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