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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on April 13, 2021

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Tossing and turning at night? These podcasts will help you catch those Zs.

Has the pandemic got your mind racing at night, wondering when things will finally take a turn for the better? Do you wonder which end will come sooner, the end of these trials and tribulations or the end of times?

Well, you’re not alone. We’re all trying to hold on as best we can, and losing sleep is not helping. While many of us have perhaps gotten used to mindlessly scrolling on our phones to doze off, it’s certainly not healthy for our eyes.

Listening to something, however, might just be more helpful. Instead of watching countless YouTube videos or playing Homescapes ‘til your eyelids get heavy, try a sleepy podcast to help you catch some Zs.

Here, we’ve put together a list of podcasts that should do the trick — some specifically geared to help you fall asleep, some just coincidentally soothing. However, it must be said: if your sleeplessness is becoming chronic, it’s best to seek professional help if you are able.

Sleeping Pill with Inka

If you find those prerecorded airline announcements soothing, try this out. Inka Magnaye is a voice actor and content creator, and if her voice sounds familiar, it’s probably because hers is the voice you hear on Philippine Airlines.

In Sleeping Pill, Inka reads out poems and books in a meditative, almost ASMR quality. The episodes range from 10 to 20 minutes so you may need to queue a few, but really, with her soothing voice, you might just doze off from the intro.

99% Invisible

Okay, this isn’t a podcast even remotely designed to help you fall asleep, but host Roman Mars’s voice is so soothing it might as well be one.

Roman himself has acknowledged on the podcast that he knows people actually listen to him to fall asleep, and he is, thankfully, not offended at all.

If you’re wondering what 99% Invisible is actually about, it talks about design principles and applications that we see in everyday life, oftentimes those we barely notice, or should I say, almost invisible. It is quite informative, so you might want to give it another listen during daytime.

Slow Radio

There are tons of white noise apps and podcasts out there, but the BBC’s Slow Radio is a little different. If you’re the kind of person that sleeps easier with the background noise of busy streets or noisy neighbors, this is for you.

Slow Radio features a wide range of soundscapes, chief of which is the usual nature sounds coupled with clips of relaxing music.

But it also makes episodes that immerse you in certain places, like the sound of bars in downtown Nashville and the busy chatter of Mumbai, which can provide comfort in these eerily quiet quarantine nights.

Sleepy

Do you miss those times when your parents read you bedtime stories? Do you also miss how effective they were at getting you to fall asleep?

Well, in Sleepy, host Otis Gray delivers just that. Reading from classics like Jack and Jill, Beauty and the Beast, The Great Gatsby, and more, you’ll be falling asleep to Otis’s deeply soothing voice in no time.

Nothing Much Happens

Like Sleepy, Nothing Much Happens is also a podcast of bedtime stories, narrated by yoga and meditation teacher Kathryn Nicolai. But the difference is these stories have no central plot, eliminating the chance of you getting engrossed in the story and following ‘til the end.

Kathryn reads each story twice, the second time slower and with longer pauses, becoming a lullaby of her tranquil voice. If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, Nothing Much Happens is just like the end of it.

Looking for a nighttime routine that’ll help you doze off with ease? Check out our guide to peaceful slumbers here.

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