8 episodes

Everyone needs to sleep, and everyone has a story to tell. The way we sleep, or struggle with sleep, can tell us a lot about who we are. And if you are feeling exhausted, or worried about your sleep, you are not alone. Join host Kate Berlant as she meets some of the most fascinating sleepers in the country. And, leading sleep experts help uncover the mysteries that play out during our unconscious hours. 

Sisters discover the secret behind their short-sleep superpower. A woman composes music in her dreams. A man tries to keep his life together while being forced to sleep in his car. An Olympian trains to perform at her best while struggling to get enough rest. Plus, sleep stories and questions from you!

Brought to you by Mattress Firm, with Vox Creative, Are You Sleeping? Is setting out to dive deep into sleep. Join us. Subscribe now, and learn more about the show at www.vox.com/areyousleeping

Are You Sleeping‪?‬ Vox Media Podcast Network

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 56 Ratings

Everyone needs to sleep, and everyone has a story to tell. The way we sleep, or struggle with sleep, can tell us a lot about who we are. And if you are feeling exhausted, or worried about your sleep, you are not alone. Join host Kate Berlant as she meets some of the most fascinating sleepers in the country. And, leading sleep experts help uncover the mysteries that play out during our unconscious hours. 

Sisters discover the secret behind their short-sleep superpower. A woman composes music in her dreams. A man tries to keep his life together while being forced to sleep in his car. An Olympian trains to perform at her best while struggling to get enough rest. Plus, sleep stories and questions from you!

Brought to you by Mattress Firm, with Vox Creative, Are You Sleeping? Is setting out to dive deep into sleep. Join us. Subscribe now, and learn more about the show at www.vox.com/areyousleeping

    How to Dream Creatively

    How to Dream Creatively

    How can dreams help unlock our creativity, and put us better in touch with ourselves? Brian’s lucid dreams of flight help him create a comic book superhero, and to process his emotions. Amy composes operas and new musical works while sleeping, dreaming her way through tricky creative challenges. Host Kate Berlant meets dream coach Kim Gillingham for a session examining her own dreams. 
    Learn more and submit your own sleep questions at www.vox.com/areyousleeping
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    • 38 min
    Sleep By The Numbers (Listener Question)

    Sleep By The Numbers (Listener Question)

    Sleep gadgets are everywhere. On our wrists. In our pockets. Even built into our beds. Technology today can help us track how much sleep we get and what kind of sleep it is. Great! But listener Elizabeth wants to know… what do we do with all that data? Listen to find out how smart watches and apps can help you get better sleep, and our sleep experts share why some of your daily habits might need changing.
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    • 9 min
    Sleeping In Cars

    Sleeping In Cars

    What would you do if you had no place to sleep tonight? That’s the question Kameron faced every day for two years. As a young college student, he lived out of his car, struggling to get enough rest to function - to stay in class, to find a job, to keep friendships. Kameron’s experience represents some of the struggles too many people face: housing insecurity, safety, and a lack of sleep. Our sleep expert Dr. Shelby Harris joins Kate Berlant to talk about how these sleep struggles play out as an alternative in our country, as more people than ever are forced to live in their vehicles. 
    Learn more and submit your own sleep questions at www.vox.com/areyousleeping
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    • 25 min
    Filing For A Sleep Divorce? (Listener Question)

    Filing For A Sleep Divorce? (Listener Question)

    Sleep Divorce… it sounds serious. But for some, it’s the only way to stay in a relationship. Studies show that when one partner’s snoring or tossing and turning keeps the other person up, the relationship suffers. But breaking up the marital or couples bed can be seen as taboo, and scary. Because, after all, couples are supposed to sleep together and enjoy it, right? But what if sleeping separately is the key to a happy relationship? Before you run for the spare bedroom, listen in to our sleep expert. 
    Learn more and submit your own sleep questions at www.vox.com/areyousleeping
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    • 6 min
    The Short Sleep Superpower

    The Short Sleep Superpower

    Jane Evans and Joanne Osmond are sisters with a superpower: they only need about four hours of sleep a night! The sisters each carry a rare genetic mutation that experts like Dr. Ying-Hui Fu say makes them “natural short-sleepers” – people who only need a few hours of sleep to live their best lives. They don't need caffeine to get through their day. They don’t experience jetlag. Many short-sleepers have no health issues. Dr Fu believes Jane and Joanne may hold the key for how to live better: through "optimal" sleep. The future of her research might just revolutionize all of our sleeping and waking lives.
    Learn more and submit your own sleep questions at www.vox.com/areyousleeping
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    • 27 min
    My Kids Stole My Bed! (Listener Question)

    My Kids Stole My Bed! (Listener Question)

    This week, host Kate Berlant gets a call for help. Listener Dan’s bed is crowded. Since the pandemic hit, his two kids have been afraid to sleep on their own. Dan wants to reclaim his bed and his privacy, and help his kids relearn to sleep on their own. Our sleep experts are here with a strategy to help get them out, and to give some global perspectives on co-sleeping.
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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

the_night_listener ,

Not a snore fest!

Fascinating brain break-informative but relatable.

lnort84 ,

Excited for more episodes!

Episode one was really interesting, I can’t wait to hear what else you have in store for the season!

Chuckamundo ,

Great content!

Fantastic content! Can’t wait for more!

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