190 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 • 451 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.

    On Molecular and Microscopic Science, by Mary Somerville, Part 2

    On Molecular and Microscopic Science, by Mary Somerville, Part 2

    Let's relax with more sleepy science from a woman so talented that the word “scientist” was coined to describe her. This time, we learn about all the forces holding us together.
     
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    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55886
     
    Music: "Cosmic Tingles” by Lee Rosevere, 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.

    • 48 min
    A Short History of the World, by H.G. Wells, Part 5

    A Short History of the World, by H.G. Wells, Part 5

    Let’s continue our sleepy stroll through history with the fall of Assyria, the literary bedrock of the Jews, and the birth of philosophy in Greece. Rather a lot to cram into an hour, but Wells makes it sound easy.
     
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    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35461
     
    Music: "Cosmic Tingles” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY
     
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    • 52 min
    Spices, Their Histories, Part 1

    Spices, Their Histories, Part 1

    Let’s take a sleepy tour of the spice cabinet and the origins of allspice, chilies, cinnamon, and cloves, with a pinch of insight into faking spices with brick dust. Useful!
     
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    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60192
     
    Music: "Heaven Be Here” by PC III, licensed under CC BY
     
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    • 48 min
    Bird Biographies, by Alice E. Ball, Part 3

    Bird Biographies, by Alice E. Ball, Part 3

    Let’s fly off to relaxation with more from this lovely book about our feathered friends. This time, we learn about the birds of early spring, and marvel at the sleepy songs of the sparrows.
     
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    Read "Bird Biographies” at Project Gutenberg:
    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/59880
     
    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.

    • 57 min
    Our National Parks, by John Muir, Part 2

    Our National Parks, by John Muir, Part 2

    Let’s conclude a month of relaxing travels with more from this tour of America’s national parks, sleepily agog at the Grand Canyon and the weird grandeur of Yellowstone.
     
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    Music: "Watching Whales on the Moon” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY
    https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com
     
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    • 51 min
    Faery Lands of the South Seas, by Hall and Nordhoff, Part 1

    Faery Lands of the South Seas, by Hall and Nordhoff, Part 1

    Our month of relaxing voyages continues as we head to the distant South Seas. We set off first for sleepy Tahiti and meet a man with little history but a lot of chickens. And profuse apologies if I sound a bit stuffy. I am!
     
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    Music: "Ocean Tapping” by PC III, licensed under CC BY
     
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
451 Ratings

451 Ratings

slatsgrobmick ,

It’s a real gem

Her reading style is so relaxing; quiet, slow, slightly bemused at some of the funny expressions used in these old boring books. Excellent selection of books - just interesting enough to focus on before you drift off. Such a lovely podcast.

Filfan68 ,

My go to sleepy podcast

I am a truck driver. Need to sleep at all kinds of different times and Sharon’s voice and the boring books, well, its just what this trucker ordered.
Best part… if I can’t sleep, I usually learn something. BONUS!!!

merrrggge ,

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