Sleep sounds: do you have any podcasts or music you find it useful to listen to to help you to fall asleep? Or recommendations which might fit the criteria of the podcasts I currently use to help me to fall asleep - calm voices, very few sudden increases in speech volume or musical interludes, subject matter which is interesting but not urgent.
I'd be amazed if this hasn't come up before, but searching for "podcast", "insomnia" and "sleep" doesn't bring anything up, so...
I have irregular sleep patterns, partly as a result of often needing to work very late, partly for the usual 21st century nerd reasons. Fairly recently, in an attempt to combat two of the things that often keep me awake once I am in bed - the dawn chorus and the part of my brain which would like to be dreaming (it's hard to explain this if you haven't experienced it, but anyone who has will know what I mean) - I bought a pair of headphones designed for wearing in bed.
At first I tried white noise, but it turns out that white noise is really boring if you have to listen to it for long periods. So, I've started listening to podcasts instead. This seems to keep my brain a little occupied, and also helps me to keep a sleep diary (because I can estimate when I fell asleep from when I went to bed + how far into the podcast I remember).
The problem is, on a bad night I might end up listening to a lot of podcasts, and over a week I run out. So, I was wondering if people could recommend any more.
Things that help me to sleep - talking rather than music1
. More than one voice is fine. "Calm" voices are predictably good. English accents seem to be more soporific (no offence meant, old chaps, chums and beans). Subject matter which is interesting, but not pressing current affairs or matters of urgency. Unpredictable air horn discharges probably sub-optimal. A bit of length is nice, to avoid having to fiddle around with my iPod and have its screen light up in my eyes if it runs out. I realize playlists are an option...
So far successful:
This American Life
Kermode and Mayo's film reviews
The Best Show on WFMU
(if one can get past the bloody cock-crow at the start)
Susan Stuart's series of lectures on Kant's Epistemology (now played to death, sadly)
Judge John Hodgman
I'd like to be able to listen to video games, technology or comic book discussion, but they tend either to have vocal and excitable hosts or musical interludes: any recommendations gratefully received. Presence on the iTunes music store would be handy, but not a necessity.
That said, I'd love to listen to music, but the traditionally recommended soothing sounds of whalesong and wind chimes make me want to set fire to cars. I was thinking of putting the soundtracks of Minecraft or Zen Bound as playlists and putting them on a loop... if people have recommendation for music that particularly aids sleep, that could also be interesting.