Calming overnight listening?
January 24, 2020 1:57 PM   Subscribe

I’ve found that leaving BBC World Service overnight helps me not ruminate during my frequent insomnia episodes. Is there anything else that I can drift in and out of without missing anything? Accessible on an Echo, ideally. Thanks in advance!
posted by ftm to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Some of the answers to this question from a few days ago might be useful.
posted by zadcat at 1:58 PM on January 24, 2020 [2 favorites]

I find audiobooks of books I know very, very well are effective for this. Any book, though longer is better.
posted by jeather at 2:03 PM on January 24, 2020

Here you go: The British Shipping Forecast. Be well.
posted by scratch at 2:23 PM on January 24, 2020 [3 favorites]

There is the Sleep With Me podcast which is designed just for this. I tried it on a plane ride when I wanted to sleep and I didn't enjoy it because the parts where I were awake were too hard to understand, but it's pretty popular so maybe it will work for you.

You could also try the Diary of Samuel Pepys, a real diary written in the 1660s. I liked this because when you're drifting in and out, it's at least easier to understand how one sentence relates to the next sentence even if you've missed everything that came before.
posted by bleep at 2:27 PM on January 24, 2020 [1 favorite]

You only want text? I like Classical MPR (Minnesota Public Radio). You can ask for this on Google Home and Echo. Classical recordings all night; very little talking. I really helps me when my brain won't stop rehearsing things of no consequence.
posted by tmdonahue at 2:31 PM on January 24, 2020

Twitch runs a Bob Ross marathon every weekend, Friday 3pm to Monday 3pm. It is my go-to for soothing background noise, and if you glance up to see the state of the current work in progress every so often, pretty pictures as well.
posted by WaywardPlane at 2:55 PM on January 24, 2020 [2 favorites]

If you'd like the live Shipping Forecast by the way, it's available on the BBC iPlayer app.
posted by WCityMike at 2:56 PM on January 24, 2020

News in slow English! News in slow Spanish. News in slow French. News in slow Japanese. Or, relax with the soothing sounds of slow Norwegian.
posted by parmanparman at 3:05 PM on January 24, 2020 [3 favorites]

Great Courses lectures
posted by wowenthusiast at 4:51 PM on January 24, 2020 [3 favorites]

Eno. The ambient discs.
posted by ivanthenotsoterrible at 7:13 PM on January 24, 2020 [1 favorite]

The Empty Bowl is this for me.
posted by Aleyn at 10:58 PM on January 24, 2020 [1 favorite]

MST3K does it for me, my husband, and a few other weirdos we've run across. Something about the combination of old movie sound with the riffing. Freely available on YouTube. See also: Rifftrax.
posted by nosila at 9:36 AM on January 25, 2020 [1 favorite]

Are there topics you're interested in? There's probably a podcast out there.

Some interesting ones I listen to at night...
Quirks and Quarks (CBC)
Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine
Science Vs
The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week
This Podcast Will Kill You
This Week in Science
posted by kathrynm at 6:03 PM on January 25, 2020

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