Sleep & Wellness

The Top 12 Podcasts to Help You Sleep Better Tonight

14 October 2020
Rose Gold Headphones and Kindle on Vispring Beds

Doze off with bedtime stories, ASMR and soothing monotone hosts

If you have an interest, no matter how obscure it may be, there is almost certainly a podcast for you. Sleep is so exception. We’ve all seen the vast growth of podcasts over the last five years, but beyond expanding our knowledge, podcasts can also be great to help you fall asleep.

At Vispring, we’ve been crafting the best night’s sleep for over 100 years, so we know it’s importance in having a healthy and happy life. While technology has certainly changed since then, our passion for sleep has not. So, with that in mind, we rounded up our top 12 podcasts for getting a good night’s sleep.


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1. phoebe Reads a Mystery

If you’re a true crime fan you will have heard of Criminal, a great podcast created by Phoebe Judge. Not only is the show content brilliant, but Judge’s voice is incredibly calming and soothing. Merging the two together, Judge has also made a podcast in which she reads chapters from several famous novels from Agatha Christie’sThe Mysterious Affair At Style to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre called Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

You can listen to it here.

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2. snoozecast

This fiction-focused podcast is the ideal sleep aid for fellow bookworms, you can expect extracts from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Little Women, with three new episodes every single week and something for everyone no matter the age. Snoozecast was designed for those of us who need a little help falling asleep. Snoozecast is meant to be “low-stakes” content, Not so boring as to be intolerable, but boring enough that you won’t feel like you’re missing out if you fall asleep before the ending. The various hosts’ voices are incredibly soothing and will have you dozing off before the episode is finished.

You can listen to it here.

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3. Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast

Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast is another offering that proves bedtime stories are not only for children, and adults deserve to hear them too.

The podcast summary says to “Curl up and fall asleep to the world’s greatest short stories” and that’s what we’ll be doing

You can listen to it here.

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4. Nothing Much Happens: Bedtime Stories for Adults

Nothing Much Happens’ host Kathryn Nicolai is a yoga and meditation teacher, as well as the brains behind this podcast. This series of bedtime stories is framed so that, as the title suggests, nothing much happens at all, making it the perfect bedtime story. These cosy and calm stories soothe your mind and help you sleep, knowing you won’t miss out.

You can listen to it here.

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5. Get Sleepy

Get Sleepy is the product of a team of sound designers, voice-over artists and professional writers, and together they have crafted a podcast that will have you nodding off in no time. With two episodes a week, each episode utilises ASMR soundscapes and gentle music for a peaceful journey.

You can listen to it here.

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6. Meditation Minis

In these short 10-minute episodes, Chel Hamilton offers assistance in calming busy minds and helping to shut out the noise, making it perfect for a pre-bedtime wind-down. As a hypnotherapist, Hamilton uses verbal imagery along with positive self-talk to guide you in wrangling anxious thoughts, increase your confidence and prepare you for a calm, deep sleep.

You can listen to it here.

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7. Tracks to Relax

Guided sleep meditation provides soothing exercises, neuro-linguistic techniques, directions and visualisations designed to calm your mind and body, especially if you’re having a hard time relaxing. With Tracks to Relax you will walk through forests, beaches, and caverns and awaken in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy each new day.

You can listen to it here.

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8. Sleep Meditation Podcast

If you’re familiar with ASMR and find it gets you ready to relax like nothing else, then The Sleep Meditation Podcast could be your next best sleep aid. Each podcast is inspired by its listener’s requests, making it easy to find something for you. If you’re new to the ASMR world, it has been said to induce a meditative, trance-like state, and this could be a great first introduction.

You can listen to it here.

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9. 99% Invisible

There are podcasts that are designed to calm your mind, and then there are those that do it accidentally, like 99% Invisible. While the content is incredibly interesting, surrounding topics of design, the built environment and its impacts on our lives, the show’s host Roman Mars also has the smoothest voice in podcast history making it a perfect pre-bed listen, but make sure you also catch it awake as you don’t want to miss it.

You can listen to it here.

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10. Wireless Nights

Wireless Nights, hosted by Jarvis Cocker looks into the human condition and the lives of those who come to life after dark. As a life-long insomniac, Cocker narrates in dulcet tones surrounded by carefully curated music samples.

You can listen to it here.

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11. The New Yorker: Fiction

This podcast comes from the New Yorker’s fiction editor Deborah Treisman, who welcomes literary acolytes on the show to discuss said pieces. While it’s not only a trove of bedtime stories, it is also an entertaining daytime listen.

You can listen to it here.

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12. Slow Radio

BBC Radio 3’s  Slow Radio describes itself as “an antidote to today’s frenzied world.” and it really is just that. The focus of each episode taps into different audio worlds, be that nature, music or water, bringing listeners on a trip around the globe through sound.

You can listen to it here.

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