When asking someone in the art world “How’s things?”… the usual reply is – “I am exhausted!”
Art girls do not typically tend to get a good night’s sleep due to their packed schedules. However, sleep should be sacred and perfecting your bedtime routine can make wonderful changes to your mood and work. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. We should, after all, spend a third of our lives sleeping.
Many factors can play a role in preparing or stopping your body from falling asleep.
If you’re looking to learn more about the science behind sleep or seeking a soothing audio series to drift off to, here are seven podcasts for winding down and getting a good night’s rest… FINALLY.
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Get Sleepy is a twice weekly story-telling podcast designed to help you get a great night’s rest. By combining sleep meditation with a relaxing bedtime story, each episode will guide you gently towards sleep.
Sleep Talk podcast is the place to get quality, evidence-based information on sleep and sleep disorders from experts in the field. Each month Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) discuss a sleep topic and interview experts in the field as well as highlighting what has caught their eye in the world of sleep.
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Sleep Better with Help from Science
This is a series of four episodes from NPR’s “Life Kit” about how to use tips from sleep research for higher quality and more consistent sleep.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Sometimes all it takes if a distraction from looking at a screen before bed to put us to sleep. This Podcast is a fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire. The show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder. After spending a couple of minutes listening to these inspirational stories it can help you remember how to breathe deeply and un-clench your jaw. If you prefer your sleep-friendly podcast to be a brief companion rather than a podcast literally telling you how to sleep and be a small part of a nightly routine to help your brain learn that it’s time to go to sleep, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls will fill in that space neatly and with quiet confidence.
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Sleep Meditation Podcast
White noise is one of the most common aural sleep aids used by people who can’t sleep. This podcast collects 30- to 60-minute clips of many relaxing and comforting sounds, from heavy thunderstorms and crackling campfires to household noises, like keyboards clacking and dishes clanking. It also invites its listeners to share their favorite sleep sounds and have them featured on an episode.
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Nothing Much Happens
Want to switch up your evening routine? Swap out mindless scrolling for a bedtime story with the Nothing Much Happens, Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups podcast.
Sleep Whispers is a podcast of whispered readings and ramblings for relaxation and sleeping. Enjoy a calming moment with soothing meditations, interesting stories, tranquil poems, educational Wikipedia articles, or listener feedback.
Text by Peigi Mackillop