209 episodes

Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly sleep podcast in which we calmly, quietly read something rather boring to help silence the brain chatter keeping you awake. Think Galileo, Aristotle, Emerson, and whoever wrote the 1897 Sears Catalog—mostly nonfiction, mostly old, and a perfect blend of vaguely-but-not-too interesting

If you're on Team Sleepless, lie back, take a deep breath, and let us read you to rest.

Boring Books for Bedtime Readings to Help You Sleep Sharon Handy

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 51 Ratings

Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly sleep podcast in which we calmly, quietly read something rather boring to help silence the brain chatter keeping you awake. Think Galileo, Aristotle, Emerson, and whoever wrote the 1897 Sears Catalog—mostly nonfiction, mostly old, and a perfect blend of vaguely-but-not-too interesting

If you're on Team Sleepless, lie back, take a deep breath, and let us read you to rest.

    Relaxation Rewind! Science Primers, by Thomas Henry Huxley, Part 1

    Relaxation Rewind! Science Primers, by Thomas Henry Huxley, Part 1

    In this remastered episode, let's relax and sleep with this intro to science basics from one of the 19th century's greatest science champions. Also, we learn why water is a liquid!
    ***Boring Books for Bedtime is on break but we're returning with new readings for sleep on October 10!***
     
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    Read “Science Primers” here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60289
     
    If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    • 45 min
    Relaxation Rewind! Bad Drains and How to Test Them, Part 1

    Relaxation Rewind! Bad Drains and How to Test Them, Part 1

    In this remastered episode, let's relax with practical advice about modern plumbing systems. And by modern, I mean 19th century. Indoor plumbing has come a long way, thank goodness!
    ***Boring Books for Bedtime will be on break through September, so enjoy some remastered episodes from the wayback. We'll return with new readings for sleep in October!***
     
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    Read “Bad Drains and How to Test Them” here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60721
     
    Music: "Ocean Tapping,” by PC III, licensed under CC-BY
     
    If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    • 56 min
    Relaxation Rewind! A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir, Part 1

    Relaxation Rewind! A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir, Part 1

    In this newly remastered episode, let's rest beneath the trees with one of the first environmentalists. His relaxed rambles from Indiana to Florida contain quiet caves, sleepy groves, and a rucksack full of rhapsodies about nature's beauties.
    ***Boring Books for Bedtime will be on break through September, so enjoy some remastered episodes from the wayback. We'll return with new readings for sleep in October!***
     
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    Read “A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf” here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60749e
     
    Music: "Cosmic Tingles,” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC-BY: https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com
     
    If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    • 54 min
    Relaxation Rewind! The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, Part 1

    Relaxation Rewind! The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, Part 1

    In this newly remastered episode, rule over sleep with the pithy prose of Machiavelli. But first, a very long introduction to our author and the twisted papal politics of 15th century Italy. Yawn!
    ***Boring Books for Bedtime will be on break through September, so enjoy some remastered episodes from the wayback. We'll return with new readings for sleep in October!***
     
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    Read “The Prince” here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1232
     
    Music: "Cosmic Tingles,” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC-BY: https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com
     
    If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    • 56 min
    Relaxation Rewind! The Color of a Great City, by Theodore Dreiser, Part 1

    Relaxation Rewind! The Color of a Great City, by Theodore Dreiser, Part 1

    In this newly remastered episode, let’s journey back to New York City in the early 1900s with one of America’s great writers and his dreamy portrait of the city that never sleeps. Fingers crossed you will!
    ***Boring Books for Bedtime will be on break through September, so enjoy some remastered episodes from the wayback. We'll return with new readings for sleep in October!***
     
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    Music: "Watching Whales on the Moon,” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC-BY: https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com
     
    If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    • 49 min
    Etiquette, by Emily Post, Part 3

    Etiquette, by Emily Post, Part 3

    Let’s return to this manual of manners, and learn how to pay a check, walk down a theater aisle, and navigate the social complexities of the opera box. Also, just…be nice. Good advice!
     
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    Read “Etiquette” here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14314
     
    Music: "Boring Books for Bedtime,” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC-BY: https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com
     
    If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

DraregNolloc ,

So wonderfully boring

Slow, soothing, warm-voiced reading of boring books. A lovely way to fall asleep. Concentrate on the words and the voice and you won’t be thinking about your worries. The voice will sooth you to sleep. Use it regularly and your brain will react with a pavlovian slumber before the book even starts. Brilliant!

magistereducationis ,

Does what it says on the tin

It’s boring books read by a woman with a boring voice. It’s an effective cure for insomnia. I highly recommend it.

12738)#)2#-##'l ,

Amazing

This is an awesome podcast great for anyone with insomnia!

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