July 30, 2020
Over the years I have built a reputation for being able to sleep at any time in any location. There have even been some flights where I fall asleep before the plane takes off, only to wake up after the plane has already landed. While I often have no trouble falling asleep, I know that there are plenty of people who don’t have sleeping down to a science. Even with my strange aptitude for sleeping, I find that there are times when I can’t convince my mind that it is time to call it a night. Unfortunately, during college it is difficult to find the formula to a perfect sleep. Late nights are inevitable, and 8 hours of consistent sleep are pretty much out of the question.
Not being able to go to sleep, or to stay asleep is incredibly common in adults. Did you know that 68 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 experience symptoms of insomnia at least once a week? If you’re one of the many who struggle sleeping or falling asleep, I may have a solution for you. Oh, you say, “I’ve already tried melatonin”? Well I’ve got something better.
Sleep With Me podcast by Drew Ackerman has become as comforting to me as a light back scratch after being tucked in to bed. The podcast’s description reads, “Insomnia? Mind racing at night? Worries keeping you up? Tune in for a bedtime story that lets you forget your problems and progressively gets more boring until you fall to sleep.”
Not only do Ackerman’s segments resemble stories that of a rambling grandpa, but his clumsy storytelling somehow captures your brain just enough to distract you from tomorrow’s responsibilities while being so nonsensical that they inevitably lull you to sleep. Ackerman’s bumbling sentences are littered with filler words and you soon find that the plot you anticipated dissipates into the retelling of inordinate details.
Before you know it Sleep With Me becomes familiar and comforting like a childhood stuffed animal. Although Ackerman’s storytelling is comparable to that one friend of yours who has the ability to tell the most boring, never-ending stories, it is perfectly effective in putting you right to sleep. If your interest is not piqued yet, let me provide you with a taste of some of the episode’s titles: Bards and Big Bunnies, Goop Chase & Duck Billed Beaver, A Modicum of Sleepy Sense, and Medium Cool Tangential Water Menu.
I wish you the best of luck getting sleepy with this new tool on your nightstand, and hope that you too build a codependent relationship.
Written by: Kari Moye
Kari is an Assistant Director of Student Activities. She has a B.S. in Communication Studies: Advertising and PR. Kari oversees the department’s branding and the creation of marketing pieces for all events; including all print and digital advertisements as well as promotional videos. She also manages the promotional calendar for Student Activities which includes leading the graphics and video team.