Podcasts as Sleep Therapy

All we wanted when we were children was for someone to tuck us into bed, dim the lights, and tell us a tale until we drifted off into the sweet, sweet land of slumber. Somewhere along the way Ambien, booze, and horse tranquilizers have stepped in as our replacement moms and dads. But podcasts might be the healthiest sleep aid of all—cheap, uncomplicated, and in constant supply, too. This week’s playlist is filled with shows particularly good at care-taking when you need help catching your Zs.

THE MEMORY PALACE
Below, from Above:“Beautifully descriptive language and Nate’s scrumptious voice and mellow cadence combine with dreamy music to take you deep under the East River.”
– Vanessa Lowe of Nocturne

SLEEP WITH ME PODCAST
Sleep with Me Podcast: “This is a no brainer. Sleep with Me is made to help you fall asleep. If your mind never stops chattering, this is the show you need.”
– Devon, editor

THE NEW YORKER: FICTION
The New Yorker: Fiction: “With an archive of fabulous short stories from the New Yorker, these are bedtime stories for adults.”
– LJ, editor

ON BEING
The Last Quiet Places: The Sounds of Nature’s Silence Are Essential to Our Own Contemplative Lives: “Gordon Hampton’s conversation with Krista Tippett about finding the last quiet places on Earth is meditative and contemplative and the perfect way to find the silence of sleep.”
– Eric, editor

BBC RADIO 4
Overnight Delivery: “This must listen to show from BBC Radio 4 fully engages with and encapsulates the nighttime in mind.”
– Pat Hannon, reader

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Author Description

The Timbre brings thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis to podcasts and the larger culture of podcasting.

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