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If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last decade, it’s that I can forget about a sound night of sleep if my anxiety is acting up in the slightest. When I’m really struggling to get some rest, I like to turn on some bedtime stories for adults to fall asleep to, which helps me relax and distracts me from my worries.
It’s unfortunate that I hadn’t discovered these helpful bedtime stories for adults to fall asleep sooner, because I’ve been struggling with pretty bad sleep issues since high school. It wasn’t until I quit my full-time job to go freelance four years ago that my sleep anxiety let up a bit (being able to go to sleep and wake up whenever I want to obviously really, really helped). That being said, there are still many nights when my racing thoughts refuse to slow down. And I have to call in backup to help tune out the voices in my head. Enter, Headspace’s Sleepcasts.
It’s been about a year of listening to Sleepcasts whenever I need that extra help to fall asleep, and I’m still amazed by how much each story is able to transport me to a completely different world. From sunny beaches and tranquil forests, to a quiet antique shop or a wine vineyard at sunset, Headspace offers a plethora of bedtime stories for adults to fall asleep to.
According to their website, Sleepcasts can be anywhere from 45-55 minutes, and each one starts off with a “wind down.” These first few minutes will include either a meditation exercise or a breathing technique, followed by a narrated tour of a dreamy landscape, with tranquil noises in the background. What I love about these bedtime stories for adults to fall asleep to is that you can choose if you’d rather have the noises be louder than the voice telling the story, or vice versa.
Another interesting aspect of Headspace’s Sleepcasts are that each story changes slightly every night.
“Unique to Headspace’s sleepcasts, these night-time journeys are remixed each night, meaning that experience is slightly different each time you listen. That way, you can’t memorize the narrative, and use it to track the passage of time, something we found could cause anxiety for restless sleepers. Whatever bedtime story appeals, the blend of sound and visualization helps to create the ideal conditions for healthy, restful sleep.”– Headspace.com
All this is to say, if you have trouble falling asleep at night, consider giving Headspace’s Sleepcasts a try. Unfortunately, Sleepcasts aren’t free, and you will have to pay a monthly or yearly Headspace membership to access them. But for me, the price is worth the outcome—getting a good night’s sleep is truly priceless.