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  • Do you use an app, podcast, or sound machine to help you sleep at night?

    Posted by Colleen Steele on May 14, 2024 at 5:42 pm

    Are certain sounds, music, or voice tones that help you fall and stay asleep? What is your favorite source for the sounds you prefer, a sleep app, podcast, television show, or sound machine?

    I always preferred silence or a previously watched television show for background noise. Music doesn’t work for me because it’s too stimulating. I find myself listening instead of dozing off. However, I discovered an8-Hour Sleep Musicpodcast on Spotify, which can also be found on Amazon Music, Audible, and Apple. You can choose from a long list of podcasts for relaxing meditation music, nature sounds, binaural beats, or guided meditations. I’ve had great sleep success with many of them, but I didn’t care for a few.

    My top three favorite podcasts are “Guided Sleep Medication / Raindrops of Tranquility,” “Gentle Rain and Thunderstorm with Healing Medication Music,” and “Underwater Whale Sounds with Calming Ocean Ambience / Deep Sea Ocean Soundscape.”

    If you give the “8-Hour Sleep Music” podcast a try, please share your favorites.

    jen-cueva replied 1 month, 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 12 Replies
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  • Roger Bliss

    Member
    May 16, 2024 at 1:40 am

    I always sleep good at night. Although every now and then my mind won’t shutoff and I can’t sleep well. I found a solution to that though……quit watching the news.😆

    • jen-cueva

      Member
      May 16, 2024 at 2:32 pm

      Hehe, @Roger Bliss, I tell my husband no news before bed. Who wants to worry about all they talk about when we are trying to settle down and sleep? He watched it before bed until I told him I didn’t want to see it. I want to know just enough to be aware, but not all of the news. With PH and other health conditions, I don’t need additional stress.

      Happy to hear that you found a solution, my PHriend. Thanks for sharing.

    • Colleen Steele

      Member
      May 22, 2024 at 4:34 pm

      AMEN to the @Roger Bliss , especially right before bed! You would be better off watching a horror movie then the news!

  • jen-cueva

    Member
    May 16, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    Hi @Colleen, I love this topic. Manny and I usually set Alexa to play thunderstorm sounds for two hours before bed. Most often, I’m asleep before it ends, but a few times, I cannot sleep despite the noise. At first, it was his idea, but now, if it’s not in, I remind him.

    Your favorites on the list sound like some we could try, too. I also often write to ocean sounds or acoustic music, depending on my mood.

    What an exciting topic for discussion. We all need rest and sleep to keep on PHghting!💜

  • Joan Strosin

    Member
    May 16, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    I have downloaded audio books to my tablet and listen to those to lull me to sleep. It’s like having someone reading a bedtime story. Most nights I’m asleep in 10 minutes. On the down side, I end up having to replay segments several times. Small price to pay, I think.

    • jen-cueva

      Member
      May 17, 2024 at 12:09 pm

      Hi, @Joan Strosin. I can’t grasp listening to audiobooks. I guess I’m old-fashioned and love that book in my hand. But I’ve been trying to work on that, as I have many books saved in my Kindle app.

      But I’m happy that you found something that best helps you get to sleep.Yeah, rewinding and going back to where you think you dozed off would be tricky fo me. I forget simple things overnight. Hehe

      Your response reminds me of a few years ago when I said my lovely co-moderator, @Colleen, would make great bedtime stories. Her voice is so kind and gentle. A few of us laugh about this often. Thanks for that funny reminder.

      Have a wonderful weekend, my PHriend!

    • Colleen Steele

      Member
      May 22, 2024 at 4:42 pm

      @Joan Strosin my husband loved listening to audio books, especially to fall asleep to. I had to laugh when you mentioned the downside is having to replay parts you missed after dozing off. I’m like @jen-cueva , I can’t seem to get into audio books and listening to my husbands kept me awake and having to relisten to parts because he fell asleep drove me crazy! LOL…I used to tease that I could tell him the story by memory at this point!

      • jen-cueva

        Member
        May 23, 2024 at 10:10 am

        Hi @Colleen, That’s funny! I bet you could tell Brian the story after listening to his audiobooks. That, too, would annoy me and keep me up. But I LOVE that you teased Brian about this—thanks for sharing that memory with us. 💜

  • Colleen Steele

    Member
    May 24, 2024 at 6:12 pm

    Something funny happened a few nights ago. The app I use offers a few new podcasts to try every month. I tried a new one of pleasant piano music, with rain that fluctuates with an occasional gentle roll of thunder. I really like it and fell asleep immediately until a sudden BOOM of thunder that rolled on for what seemed like a minute abruptly woke me! I shot up in bed, heart pounding and I was furious!! I thought to myself, “How was that relaxing?! I’m going to post a complaint to the podcast!!!”. Then I realized there was a real thunderstorm outside! 🤣

    • jen-cueva

      Member
      May 28, 2024 at 3:00 pm

      OMG, @Colleen, I almost spit out my 7up! I could see how easily that would happen to others. Thanks for sharing- that was so funny. I loved the part where you wanted to comment on the podcast how it was not relaxing when you were in a good sleep pattern. 🤣

      • Colleen Steele

        Member
        May 30, 2024 at 1:17 pm

        @jen-cueva I keep laughing every time I think about it and how angry I was being woken from a deep sleep!

      • jen-cueva

        Member
        May 30, 2024 at 5:03 pm

        Yes, I told Manny the other night as we headed to bed with our sleep sounds playing. It was too funny NOT to share!🤣

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