Bedtime Podcasts May be the Secret to Better Sleep

I fully endorse podcasts. Not only do I frequently listen to a wide range of podcast shows, but I also host my own health and fitness podcast – Health, Wellness, & Restoration. And while most of us have outgrown bedtime stories, bedtime story podcasts resemble the comforting effects of our favorite childhood tales while utilizing intentional calming techniques that quiet the noise that’s come to define “adulting.”

You don’t need me to explain how conditions like stress, depression, and anxiety substantially alter the quality and quantity of your sleep. The main reason being, feelings of worry, stress, and loneliness tend to overstimulate your sympathetic nervous system.

Staying indoors for prolonged periods of time, such as those we all experienced in 2020, also play a key role in sleep trouble because reduced exposure to the sun can mess with your circadian rhythm, which makes falling and staying asleep more difficult. 

Moreover, a decrease in socialization means you have blended the lines between your waking hours and sleep schedule, thus your brain often has trouble switching off. This leads to you staying up and going to bed later, which ultimately destroys your sleep patterns.

Fortunately, you’re not destined to endless, sleepless nights. In fact, bedtime story podcasts are one potential tool that can help mitigate sleep challenges.

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How Podcasts Help You Get Back to Counting Sheep

Bedtime story podcasts promote mindfulness while also lowering stress-induced insomnia. Moreover, bedtime stories are a great way to set aside the drama of the day and practice mindfulness, because they invite you into another world between reality and dreamland.

Suffice it to say, regularly listening to bedtime story podcasts can be a game changer when you’re struggling to sleep well and often.

Top 5 Bedtime Story Podcasts

1.) Get Sleepy: Sleep Meditation and Stories

Get Sleepy revolutionizes sleep by relying on mindfulness elements, such as body and breath awareness to prepare listeners for childlike stories that take them back to more simple times. Plus, the writers and meditation specialists who create each story are guided by sleep experts, so you know the content is reliable and trustworthy.

2.) Boring Books for Bedtime

Boring Books for Bedtime relies on real literary stories to essentially “bore you to sleep.” Expect masterful tales that take you through space and time in order to help you achieve better sleep.

3.) Calm Sleep Stories

Calm Sleep Stories comes from the developers of the app Calm, a digital platform that offers a whole library of bedtime stories. These stories include soothing sounds and music along with well-written prose, which equal excellent sleep.

4.) Sleep Whispers

When you need to escape from the day-to-day, let Sleep Whispers be your guide. The host reads both traditional bedtime stories and articles found on the internet with a hushed, quiet voice you can’t help but ignore.

5.) Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast

Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast is perfect for those who enjoy reading the actual words of the stories. Sleepy readers can browse through 100 episodes that will lead them to the bliss of stress-free sleep.


Well + Good

Michelle Polizzi

Oct 29, 2020

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