Fight Your Insomnia with a Subscription to Boredom

08.10.2016 • Wellness

It’s no secret that a good night’s rest is getting harder to come by, and no one knows this better than American adults. Averaging 6.8 hours per night, 40 percent of U.S. adults get less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. 

There’s nothing more frustrating than lying awake at 2 a.m. after a long day, eyelids propped open by racing thoughts and worries. For some, being well rested is as simple as adopting healthy habits like avoiding caffeine, exercising frequently and keeping away from phone screens before bed. If you’ve tried every trick and tip but still find yourself staring at the ceiling, endlessly counting sheep, then let “Sleep With Me” podcast’s dulcet tones carry you to dreamland.

Podcaster Drew Ackerman suffered from insomnia as a child and learned to remedy his sleepless nights by exchanging “silly, boring stories” with his brother. Cultivating a quirky array of topics from “Game of Drones” to mundane questions and tales about superheroes, Ackerman’s gravelly voice guides listeners to sleep using boredom.

We often forsake hours of sleep for work, pleasure, or just because we can’t let go of stress. One or two hours of sleep a night can make a huge difference in mood, memory, and even driving skills. Sleep deprivation can wreck your physical health and increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.

While being bored doesn’t sound like the most appealing thing, Ackerman’s dull stories could keep your hormones balanced and immune system strong with the added hours of sleep. Studies show that 1-2 more hours of sleep a night impacts reaction time, productivity, and accuracy. So, when bedtime rolls around, sit back, relax, and drift to sleep with Ackerman’s attempt at writing sidekick fanfiction.