Falling asleep can be a real struggle but downloading the right podcast could be the ingredient you’ve been missing. Whether you’re dealing with a rough breakup, anxious before bed, or dealing with insomnia, these podcasts will put you to sleep (but in a good way).
Full disclosure: They aren’t all geared specifically toward catching z’s. But they should definitely help you relax your body and turn off your brain. Which is basically the same thing.
Sleep With Me: A Sleep-Inducing Podcast
Sleep With Me has branded itself as a “Lulling, droning, boring bedtime story to distract your racing mind.” So basically, the podcast is meant to literally bore you to sleep.
It’s updated every day. And even the most interesting of these hour-long episodes (like the one about Gaga and the Night Birds) is designed to quell stress and anxiety so listeners can just let go and get some rest.
Sleep Whispers is exactly what it sounds like. People whispering about stuff while listeners try to fall asleep. Created with noisy brains in mind, each episode of Sleep Whispers quietly details an educational topic. Topics include challenges faced by deep sea life or a brief history of the Klondike Gold Rush.
The podcast’s set-up is meant to engage your brain and quiet it at the same time. So it’s great for anyone whose thoughts tend to spiral out of control at bedtime.
Daily Meditation Podcast
Hosted by Mary Meckley, the Daily Meditation Podcast might be especially helpful for anyone who deals with a lot of stress and anxiety. The podcast offers short, daily guided meditations with general themes, like self love or releasing negative thoughts.
And although the podcast it’s not geared specifically toward falling asleep, Meckley’s calm delivery is well-suited for bedtime.
Game Of Drones
Hosted by the same dude who narrates Sleep With Me, Game of Drones is literally just an hour and a half of the most boring Game of Thrones recap.
If you’re not a fan of the HBO series then Game of Drones might not be for you. Otherwise, this spoofy podcast is worth checking out the next time you need help turning your brain off.
Deep Energy 2.0
Deep Energy 2.0: Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage, and Yoga is the ideal podcast for anyone who can’t fall asleep to voices.
Each hour-long installment of the series includes ambient sounds meant to make listeners sleepy. You could even use these mixes for bedtime yoga and meditation, if that’s your thing.
Great Detectives Of Old Time Radio
If you like vintage radio shows, Great Detectives of Old Time Radio might be for you. Host Adam Graham updates the podcast daily with fun detective tales that usually last about half an hour. Meaning you just enough time to eventually lose interest and drift off.
Welcome To Night Vale
Not only is Welcome To Night Vale hugely successful and delightfully creepy, host Cecil Baldwin might have the most soothing voice you’ve ever heard. It might not make a ton of sense, but this eerie podcast always calms my nerves when I need it to.
New Yorker Fiction
The New Yorker Fiction podcast isn’t strictly for sleeping. However, it can definitely double as your personal bedtime story hour if you want it to.
The podcast features too many esteemed writers to mention here. But for starters, you might consider listening to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi reading Jamaica Kincaid’s Figures in the Distance.
If you’re looking for a non-dogmatic way to get into meditation before bed, Meditation Minis might be for you. Each week, host and hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton guides listeners through 10 minutes of relaxing meditations about work, health, and most importantly, sleep.
Meditation Minis also works to boost listeners’ confidence and help them overcome negative thoughts. So the podcast is a particularly great choice for anyone struggling with mental health issues.
On Being features intelligent interviews with scientists, thinkers, authors, and other inspiring folks. It’s an excellent bedtime choice if you’re looking for something a bit more educational.
Even better, host Krista Tippet has one heck of a soothing voice. At least, that’s what Molly Ringwald told Twitter a few years ago.
Classical Music Discoveries
The health benefits of listening to classical music are extensive, and its sleep-inducing qualities have proven particularly effective for people suffering from insomnia. If you wouldn’t necessarily queue up Debussy for you morning commute, you should definitely consider checking out Classical Music Discoveries before bed.
The podcast is literally just 30 to 90 minutes of classical music, and new episodes are released nearly every day.
Go forth, and cast that pod!