Picture this: It’s 11 PM. You have a meeting the next day and you need to be up by 7 AM. Ideally, this is the perfect time to sleep, get some rest, and be super productive tomorrow.
Now picture this: Your brain thinks now is the best time to bring up that super embarrassing conversation you once had with your crush, 11 years ago, which ended up with you getting blocked. Sleeplessness is here to rule!
Struggling to sleep and getting your brain to shut down for those eight hours is something we’ve all done at some point in our lives. You know you need to sleep, your mind knows it too, but somehow the actual act never seems to happen.
For someone who hasn’t managed to sleep eight full hours in the last decade, I’ve finally stumbled upon the right solution: plugging in and zoning out. From YouTube videos and podcasts to music tools–there are a bunch of kind people on the Interweb who have dedicated their lives to helping you–and themselves I assume–sleep.
So if you are tossing around in bed right now, willing for the Sleep Gods to bless you, tune into these instead and we’ll see you eight hours later.
1. Sleep With Me
With such a meta name for a podcast, you pretty much know what you are getting. Ranging from one- to two-hour episodes, the sleep podcast is hosted by Drew Ackerman. Drew has had insomnia throughout his life, so you know you are going to get the real deal here!
Known as “Bedtime stories to help grown-ups fall asleep in the deep, dark night,” Drew tends to take a story and narrate it in the most boring way possible. What aids this technique is his soothing voice.
2. Science Wala Gyaan
There ain’t nothing that science can solve. Taking this philosophy forward, Science Wala Gyaan offers relief for everything–right from gastric distress to sleeplessness. In the tenth episode of the series you can find quick relief tips that help convert sleepless nights into ones with peaceful slumber.
2. Sleep Whispers
Again, this podcast does precisely what the name tells you: it whispers everything from stories to recipes to you as you fall in a deep trance-like state. Think of this as your mom whisper-singing in your ear to get you to sleep when you were a baby.
The podcast intends to slow down your thoughts and calm your over-active mind, and it sure does get a great job. It also distracts you from all those “Oh did I shut the front door” thoughts and lets you feel drowsy.
4. Sleep Sounds Express–Meditation & Relaxation
The YouTube channel is dedicated to bringing you a collection of relaxing and soothing sounds that can put you to sleep. Think two hours of listening to the morning rain, campfire in the woods, shower running, or the wind by a cabin fireplace. Pick a comforting and calm sound and fall in a relaxed and peaceful sleep.
5. Mood Music
If stress and anxiety keep you awake all-night long, then we’ve got a solution for you. Tune into Mood Music on healthshots.com and listen to calming sounds, powered by the mindfulness and meditation app Urban Yogi. The soothing sounds will alleviate your worries, reduce the levels of levels of stress hormone cortisol in the body, and put you to sleep.
6. Brainwave Power Music
This YouTube channel uses binaural beats to help you get in a state of sleepiness. Binaural beats are auditory illusions that take place when different tones are played into each ear simultaneously. While there is no scientific evidence to prove that this helps you fall asleep, people do claim that these videos can take you to altered states of consciousness.
And for what it’s worth I can unscientifically confirm that these videos have been recently putting me to sleep in all of 20 minutes.
If you are worried about draining your battery all night long, use the “sleep timer” on podcasts and “take a break” option on YouTube to switch off after an hour or two. Happy snoozing!