Are you an active podcast listener? Research continues to show the ongoing growth of podcasts, both in the number of podcasts available and in the steady incline of podcast listeners. Many people like to listen to podcasts while they commute, but did you know that there is also a wide selection of podcasts that can help you sleep better?
If you haven’t already heard, Alanna McGinn, founder of Good Night Sleep Site, started a podcast in August 2018 called ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’. Now in its second season, the podcast focuses on everything from sleep tips and tools, to answering your sleep questions and taking an overall look at everything in your life that can help your family get the quantity and quality of sleep needed. Focused on sleep education and support, the ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’ podcast continues to receive top reviews for providing helpful information with real life takeaways that work.
While we’d love for you to tune in to the ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’ podcast, we also know that you may be interested in additional tools to support your sleep. If you’ve made the commitment to focus on prioritizing your family’s sleep, adding the right podcast to your bedtime routine can allow you to relax and calm your mind and body to fall asleep easily.
Podcasts To Add To Your Playlist
Before we share our list of suggested podcasts, we feel as though we need to add a disclaimer. Because podcasts are listened to through your phone or tablet, this doesn’t mean that you can keep scrolling through social media sites while you listen to a relaxing podcast that’s supposed to help you sleep! Download the podcast ahead of time and then put your phone into airplane mode or turn the wireless off so you don’t get distracted by notifications or the pull to check Instagram just one more time before bed.
In addition to some fantastic podcasts, you should also check out the Calm app. The app has 120 sleep stories for adults designed to help you nod off. Known as “slow lit”, the stories are specifically written with the hope that the listener doesn’t make it to the end. You can learn more about the stories by reading a recent article featuring one of their sleep writers.
Check out the following podcasts to help you sleep better:
This is one of the most popular sleep podcasts designed to help you fall asleep. In each episode, you’ll hear a boring story read in a monotone voice that helps quite your mind and make it easy to drift off to sleep.
Have you ever tried ASMR? It stands for autonomous sensory meridian response which is a technique used to relax people. Using triggers, ASMR can bring on tingles that start in your scalp and snake down your back feel. These sensations make most people feel very relaxed and in turn, can put you to sleep.
Meditation Coach Mary Meckley shares and teaches different meditation techniques and tackles different topics and themes in each episode, so there’s something for everyone.
This podcast has both 30 and 60 episodes of relaxing music meant to help with meditation, yoga, and relaxation. It just may be the music you need to help you fall asleep.
This podcast uses ASMR techniques, but relies mostly on whispers and rambling to help you relax and put you to sleep. This is a lighter ASMR experience for those who are new to the experience.
This is a great guided meditation. Each episode is just 10 to 15 minutes, long enough to put you to edge of sleep so you can drift off on your own easily.
- Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast
Some of the world’s greatest stories from a variety of authors, read by Miette. Some podcasts also feature guest narrators. Each episode is roughly half an hour long.
This podcast combines storytelling along with mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help kids wind down.
Building A Better Bedtime
We’d love to know if you give some of these podcasts a try! If you’re looking for more resources to help you make improvements to your sleep routine and sleep habits, be sure to check out the adult sleep section on our website for more helpful tips.