Reading bedtime stories is not just an adorable way to bond with your kids before lights out. It’s also a proven effective method of sending children to sleep because it helps them unwind, calm down after an exciting day, and establish a solid bedtime routine for the most part. The sounds created by reading these stories out loud also prove to be very soothing which can help kids fall asleep.
Unfortunately, as you grow older, you can’t just expect your parents to keep reading bedtime stories to you. Luckily, there are now alternatives for adults who want to take advantage of this technique to help them fall asleep easier.
We’ve mentioned the availability of audio programs that are specifically made to help you sleep better before but we haven’t really gone into detail about them. Today, we’ll look closer at the options you can try if you want to take advantage of such to help you improve the quality of your zzz’s.
Generally speaking, there are three types of what we consider as modern bedtime stories. These are the following:
Audiobooks have been around for a very long time but it has definitely seen a resurgence in popularity as of late. As it turns out, more and more people are opting for them over actual books for their bedtime reads. It’s really more of a preference thing but the soothing rhythm and sounds in these readings can also be good reasons to swap your paperbacks for them.
As a bonus, you also have a choice who to listen to. Lots of audiobooks are narrated by celebrities and popular voice actors so you can better personalize the experience to help you create a very calming and relaxing bedtime routine.
Bedtime podcasts have been on the rise lately as they’re also specifically created to help people fall asleep. They use different techniques to help you sleep which make them all the more worth checking out.
The most popular one right now is all about distracting you from your conscious effort to fall asleep. Its random discussions of various things will help you tune in to the talk instead of thinking about how much you need to fall asleep right now if you’re going to have enough energy tomorrow.
Others are ASMR shows that feature soothing sounds and white noise that can lull you to sleep. You can also opt for topic-specific podcasts hosted by folks with very calming and soothing voices or readings of fiction pieces which are pretty much bedtime stories in a podcast format.
You’ll also find actual audio media that feature narrated stories that are specifically made to help you fall asleep easier. They usually come in app format but you might be able to also find some for free online.
So if you’re the type who finds aural stimuli more effective in lulling you to sleep, these kinds of audio media might also be good things for you to get acquainted with. Check them out today and they might just be the very thing you need to fall asleep with ease.