Our Favourite Sleep Books and Podcasts
Sleep has a whole host of benefits that help to recharge the body and boost your natural immunity. So, it goes without saying that a decent eight hours sleep is key to maintaining good health and wellbeing. However, sleep doesn’t come as easily for everyone. With this in mind, we’ve put together our favourite sleep related content for you! So, whether you’re looking to learn more about sleep or find a perfect podcast to help you doze off, you’re bound to find something to suit you here!
Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker
This book is a great read for those looking to learn more about sleep and how it impacts our health and wellbeing. Neuroscientist, Matthew Walker, has compiled over twenty years of sleep-related research on both animals and humans into this accessible and fascinating read. With captivating facts like,’ Not getting enough sleep increases sweet and salty cravings by 30-40%’, this book will open your eyes and make you appreciate the power and value of a good night’s sleep.
The Comfort Book- Matt Haig
If you’re looking for looking for a perfect book to help you take a bit of time out and relax before sleep this is the perfect book for you. The Comfort Book is a collection of short quotes and consolations that are ideal for instilling hope and strength even in our busy day to day routines. Often called ‘a book of timeless comfort for modern minds’ this book is vital for your daily dose of positivity, so you can rest easy.
Why We Dream: The Science and Creativity of Dreams – Alice Robb
Dreaming is something we all have in common, and it is still quite a mystery why we do it. Leading science journalist, Alice Robbs aims to uncover this mystery, discover why dreaming matters, how we can improve our dreams and why this matters. If you’re looking to learn more about how dreams help us process personal trauma or how nightmares may warn of physical and mental illness, this is the book for you!
To Listen To.
The Sleepy Bookshelf
Bedtime stories aren’t just for children! The Sleepy Bookshelf is the perfect podcast if reading helps you to doze off and with a recap at the beginning of each episode, there is no pressure to listen all the way to the end. With ambient music, a bedtime ritual and a soothing reading of a story, this podcast is perfectly formulated to help you drift off to sleep.
BBC 3 Slow Radio
If you find words distracting or intrusive, BBC 3 Slow Radio may be for you! The BBC 3 Slow Radio is a collection of soundscapes to help soothe you to sleep. With 30-minute-long episodes that combine sounds from the natural world and ambient music, this podcast is the perfect antidote to the distracting world we all live in.
Sleepcasts- By Headspace
Headspace are the ideal podcast makers for those of us who struggle to switch off at night. With a mix of ‘audio journeys,’ guided meditations, and breathing exercises headspace’s sleep casts offer a whole range of options for those who tend to lie awake thinking at night. They even have a collection of audio tours which guide you through soothing scenes to help you switch off.
We hope you’ve found something to help you doze off or learn more about that vital part of our life, sleep. Sleeping can be hard for some of us but learning more about how it benefits us as well as learning what makes you feel sleepy can really help in the mission for a perfect night’s sleep.