If you’re struggling with insomnia and can’t 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 genius podcast on the market and it promises you the best night’s 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.”

It may not be the ultimate cure for insomnia for those struggling to relax and sleep at night, swear by it!

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 for insomnia 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 insomnia and to get a good night’s sleep? Let us know in the comments!


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  • I am lucky that I fall asleep within minutes of my head hitting the pillow


  • I use a sleep app that has helped a lot and going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time


  • Sounds great – hope many will appreciate and get solace from your article. I am a very good sleeper, but there are many others out there,


  • this sounds amazing, I am a terribly light sleeper and have been using white noise clips on youtube to drown out my husband’s snoring (anyone got a remedy to cure snoring???) – I am going to give this a try. I did try calms stephen fry’s french lavender fields story and it only goes for 25 minutes and I have never ever heard the end of it

    • I have actually been using this sleep podcast since I wrote my original comment. It is really good. At first I didn’t think I was going to stick with it because the speaker goes off on tangents and gets completely distracted but I didn’t even make it to the main part of the podcast before I was sleep and slept through until my alarm which is extremely rare for me. It doesn’t have that effect all the time (sleeping right through) however it really does help switching off your brain from all your to do lists, worries etc and you really just end up listening to him and you kind of forget that your normally thinking about all this life stuff when you go to bed. Highly recommend others giving it a try.


  • I have trouble going to sllep, but piano music and a sleep time play list on Amazon has helped. I’m not sure my husband wants to also listen to a voice!


  • My hubby is a clinically diagnosed chronic insomniac. Anything is work a try in our house, I might just send him this article (although he is a sceptic due to his Science background)


  • For me no caffeine, no alcohol, no tv/screen time in the evening. I also make sure that I go on time to bed to and relax with a book, no hard conversations before bed. Since I was a baby I was already a bad sleeper but years of shift work certainly didn’t help. I use daily Melatonin.


  • I struggle but have found a great patch that helps it’s all natural and after many years of struggling to sleep I’m getting the best sleep


  • I find if I’m not in bed by 1030pm I get a second wind (like tonight haha)


  • I have a breathing mediation I use on my smart watch to relax me and if I do that a few times and it still fails then a boring book will usually do the trick.


  • This would have been useful last night when I was awake from 3am-4:45am. May have to remember this. But I find cutting out caffeine after a certain time helps me to sleep slightly better!


  • I sometimes take a while to fall asleep, don’t know why.


  • Wow sounds interesting


  • Meditation and breathing is good for me – and going to be when the ‘wave’ of tiredness hits. If I miss the wave, I often end up staying awake half the night. It might be anti-social but it works for me.


  • Quiet music always does the trick for me.


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