Sleep with me podcast: Usefulness can always be found in uselessness

At the beginning of every episode, the sleepy nonchalant voice of sleep w/me podcast (Drew Ackerman) welcomes you to this new episode. Then, he proceeds explaining he hopes you will fall asleep while listening. No other podcaster wants you to fall asleep while listening to their episodes.

Once in a while, or much more often for chronic insomniacs, you just lay in bed, desperately waiting for sleep, but nothing seems to happen. In your brain, a lot of things might be happening, neurons firing all over the place, revisiting uncomfortable memories, designing plans to master the world, worrying for your next week’s problems to come, etc… What can you do to stop that endless wait and effectively sleep ? Sleep with me podcast solves this for you.

Each week, sleep w/me podcast puts out about 2 to 4 episodes: usually 2 or 3 long episodes (more than an hour) and 1 or 2 shorter ones (for naps). The longer episodes are about some long story, that never ends, about something quite banal. Yes, it is that vague. Ackerman just talks, in a drowsy slow voice, about the theme, without ever really finishing a thought. He will keep circling around an event, jumping from one subject to another, and even when you try to focus on the story really hard, sleep w/me podcast will eventually just loose, without really loosing you. It is just enough to keep your brain attentive, but not enough to loose you and leave you wandering in your thoughts for the whole night. The themes are about stuff we all know just sufficiently enough to not care that much: Game of D(Th)rones, Shia Laboeuf, an almost random twitter timeline, Christmas, Breaking Bad, Don Quichotte…

Before sleep w/me podcast, I used to listen to Audiobooks or history podcasts I already heard to help me sleep. Ackerman simply provided a product specifically designed for that need, because we are actually a very large number of people who listen to stuff to help us sleep. My dad uses television in a similar manner.

The opening music of the podcast, the voice of sleep w/me podcast and the similar introduction Ackerman greets you with at the beginning of each episode, all of these elements create a quite unique mood. If you are able to get to bed at the same time every day, and start your sleep w/me podcast episode at the same time every night, your might develop a Pavlovian reflex based on that ambiance to help you sleep every day. I did… for some time…


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