At the end of a long day, despite your best efforts, do you still struggle to fall asleep at bedtime? Maybe all the chamomile tea in the world can’t help you to nod off, or maybe in the quiet of the night you find your brain still unable to relax.
This is where sleep podcasts can be your ally when it comes to better sleep health. With approximately one in ten Australians suffering from insomnia, sleep podcasts have boomed in popularity over the years, allowing people to indulge in everything from mindless, unedited chit-chat to full-blown meditation experiences. While there are no scientific papers yet published on the subject, it’s believed that these podcasts help people to sleep by producing white, pink, or brown noise – all the same types of droning thing.
Here are our top sleep podcasts for 2022 – the sort that will lull you to sleep in no time at all (we hope!).
Sleep With Me Podcast
Sleep With Me is possibly the most famous podcast targeting sleep. It was launched in 2013 by Drew Ackerman. Featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker, Ackerman’s podcast consists of bedtime stories for adults who struggle to sleep. Combining the pain of insomnia with the relief of laughter, the Sleep With Me podcast’s storytelling makes for a unique podcast, with over 1,050 episodes already in the catalogue with more always on their way. Each episode has a run-time of around 100 minutes, so there’s plenty of time for you to nod off during Ackerman’s tales.
Ghosthoney’s Dream Machine
This is a very new podcast, having only launched in January of this year and hosted by TikTok star Ghosthoney, aka Tyler Gaca. Each week, Ghosthoney reveals magical worlds of his own creation, filled with cooky creatures like goblins and ghosts, each of them accompanying tales that will help soothe your burnt-out brain at the end of a long day. New episodes of Ghosthoney’s Dream Machine land every Thursday, with rather zany episodes including The Goblin of All Lost Things & Stuff, wherein a goblin turns out to be sinister mirrored version of Ghosthoney himself and is slowly stealing his life force through stolen hair ties and ankle socks. In the end, Ghosthoney is more concerned about getting a Japanese guidebook back.
Another great podcast to fall asleep to, Sleep Whispers is hosted by Harris and aims to bring relaxation to listeners who have problems slowing down their minds and falling asleep at night. Interestingly, Harris produces different sorts of episodes, including Story Time episodes (curious bedtime stories), Trivia Time episodes (fun facts to distract you), Whisperpedia episodes (to learn while you fall asleep), Fade Out episodes (designed to bore you to sleep), and Acorn episodes (in which Harris discusses his favourite shows, tips, quotes and more). It’s a sleep podcast designed to soothe and relax.
Stories From the Borders of Sleep
Before recording his semi-regular sleep podcast, host Seymour Jacklin was a mental health nurse, so he understands what it can take to help people to live happy and healthy lives. This is what inspired Stories From the Borders of Sleep, a podcast of short stories of 8 to 18 minutes long, all written or collected by Jacklin himself, to help people to nod off at night. Recently however, he has brought out much longer episodes, with all of them aimed at adults but also very suitable for children.
Sleep Cove is a wildly successful podcast for sleep with over 25 million downloads. Within this podcast, you’ll listen to relaxing sleep hypnosis, meditations, and bedtime stories that have designed to help you relax and get a peaceful night’s sleep. Hosted by hypnotherapist Christopher Fitton, Sleep Cove uses hypnotherapy, mindfulness and meditation in order to reduce stress levels and help your body fall into a deep sleep cycle. Continuously listening to these activities can lead to a healthier and more positive lifestyle. Some episodes will have you practicing breath work to get you to sleep in under 20 minutes, whilst others focus on folk tales, history lessons, sleep hypnosis for anxiety relief, and much, much more.
We hope you find any of these podcasts for sleep to be entertaining and, perhaps most importantly, relaxing. Find out more about how you can get a better night’s sleep with our collection of bedtime reading materials, including the Stages of Sleep, all about white noise machines and how they work, and more.