If you’re struggling to get to sleep at night, this latest sleep trend may be the answer to your problem.

Forget spending a fortune on white noise machines, meditation apps and sleep sprays – there’s a new podcast on the market and it promises you the best nights sleep you’ve had in a while! Known as ‘slow lit’, the episodes are deliberately designed to bore listeners to the point of inducing shut eye with what are essentially bedtime stories for adults.

Blissful Boredom

The most famous of the ‘slow lit’ podcasts is Drew Ackerman’s Sleep With Me series, described as “bedtime stories to help grown ups fall asleep in the deep, dark night.” Each episode is dedicated to recaps and analysis of popular shows and films, which sounds interesting enough to keep you awake, but the key is the monotonous voice of Ackerman which will lull you to sleep in no time. While it may just sound like an unfortunate guy with a boring voice, when combined with constant tangents throughout, Ackerman has created a winning formula for catching some much needed zzz’s.

Revisiting Childhood

If Ackerman’s Sleep With Me series isn’t quite your speed, the ‘slow lit’ phenomenon offers plenty of choice. He also has a hugely successful podcast that’s perfect for Game of Thrones fanatics aptly titled Game of Drones. Headspace also offer a series of specially designed sleep podcasts for those struggling to sleep due to anxiety, and Miette’s Bedtime Story podcast is ideal for those wanting to revisit the bedtime stories of their childhood with a twist.

Personally, we can’t think of anything better than turning off our screens and letting ourselves be distracted by a story, no matter how mundane they are designed to be. If they help us sleep, well that’s just a bonus!

Have you got a tried and tested hack for a good nights sleep? Let us know in the comments!


  • I read not that long ago, that rapid eye blinking for a little while after getting into bed, will have you asleep in the click of a finger. I’m yet to test it, sounds too easy, but would be awesome if it works


  • When the toddlers were small and still needed an afternoon nap sometimes we put music on low volume in the passage nearby. It worked like a lullaby


  • Have always had trouble falling to sleep. I suppose I won’t know unless I try….bring on the boredom lol


  • Being bored to sleep sounds very funny!


  • I find listening to music helps.


  • Regular routine helps with sleep.

    • After a full day I do not need anything to bore me to sleep!


  • I have no problem with sleep when my baby allows it but if this works for people who do that’s fantastic


  • I’m not entirely sure ths would work for me.


  • I find relaxing music or meditation apps work well for when I cant sleep. And lavender also helps to relax me


  • The best tip for a good night sleep is unwind before going to bed and read a relaxing book (a real bed time story for adults) in bed, before turning the light off.
    An oh yes, of course the logical things of no coffee, tea, alcohol, computer or television before bed.


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