Corey Cambridge tells you why these are the best podcasts to sleep to.

Whether it’s stress from work, dealing with kids, or having an active brain, most people struggle with sleep. Studies show that most Americans do not receive an adequate amount of sleep. In this edition of “Top-10 Podcast,” Corey breaks down the best sleep for everyone who is in need of some extra REMs in their life.

10. Radiolab

Brought to you by WNYC, RadioLab is known for its high-quality storytelling and stellar reporting. Lead by composer and host Jad Abumrad RadioLab is the perfect podcast to nod off too but when you wake up for the great night of sleep you’re going to want to instantly give this a re-listen.

9. You Must Remember This

You Must Remember This is a dope podcast that is a great listen while awake but is also a sleepy time classic. Hosted by Karina Longworth (founder of and former LA Weekly film critic) dives deep into Hollywood history, telling lost stories and shedding new light on legends of Tinseltown. In each episode, she uncovers what really happened behind the films, stars, and scandals of the 20th century. This podcast is super interesting, highly researched but wow it is extremely calming

8. Sleepy

As you can tell by the title, this podcast is intended for one thing, and that’s to put your ass to sleep. Sleepy features classic bedtime stories read aloud by host Otis Gray. Otis’s smooth baritone voice and his slow rhythmic tone will put you sound asleep so you can have a fresh start the next day.

7. Sleep Meditation Podcast

Are you a fan of ASMR? If so, this podcast is designed for you. With over 200 episodes available you can listen to rainstorms, soft ocean waves, and soothing rhythmic music. It doesn’t matter if you’re into yoga, deep meditation, or looking to fall into a deep sleep. This podcast is without a doubt relaxing.

6. On A Dark, Cold Night

Damn, this title makes you want to bundle up and snuggle with somebody. I know it does for me! What’s odd is that this horror anthology podcast is designed to be calming. Host Kristen Zaza’s voice is deep, raspy, and slow making it a perfect podcast to unwind to and homegirls storytelling is top notch. For fans of horror who suffer from insomnia, this is a show you must give a listen to.

5. Slow Radio

This show was Self-proclaimed by BBC Radio as an “antidote to today’s frenzied world” and I’m not gonna lie that’s dead-ass accurate. Each episode of Slow Radio goes into a different audio world bringing listeners soundscapes from around the planet. Name me a show that can take you all around the world and put you to sleep at the same time!

4. Nothing Much Happens

I mean the title of this show kind of says it all! On this podcast yoga and meditation teacher, Kathryn Nicolai provides you with low stake tales for those who love bedtime stories. The best part is that you’re never at risk of getting too hooked on anything too engaging or suspenseful. You’re in good hands to fall asleep to this one because you won’t be missing a damn thing.

3. Peace Out: Bedtime FM

I used to be Nanny. I got love for the kids but sometimes I need them to relax. On Peace Out host Chanel Tsang brings you short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. This podcast is perfect for parents or teachers who want to teach mindfulness and self-regulation.  (Also, be sure to check out our interview with Chanel on OPP with Corey Cambridge.) 

2. 99% Invisible

Now a lot of these podcasts mentioned earlier were designed to intentionally knock your ass knock for the count but every now and then you stumble across an accidental sleepy time gem and 99% Invisible falls right into that category. 99% Percent Invisible is a podcast masterpiece. Hosted by podcast legend Roman Mars this podcast tells fascinating stories about how design impacts our lives. This show is worthy of extreme respect and your full attention but we added this to our list because Roman has one of the best voices in podcasting. Roman’s silky smooth voice will cure your insomnia but when you awake you’ll most definitely want to make sure you give that episode a rewind.

1. Sleep With Me

For all insomniacs around the world Drew Ackerman’s “Sleep with Me” has been the number 1 sleepy time classic for a while. Since 2013 Drew has been putting listeners into a sleepy trance with his run-on stories and low-intensity energy. “Sleep with Me” provides the perfect recipe for people looking to unwind and catch a long night of zzzzz’s.

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Justin Richards

Staff Writer

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