11 episodes

Mallika Rao dives into the lives of nearly a dozen people, each with a story to tell, rooted in a different facet of sleep. Over the course of this first season, we’ll descend from the material realm to the subterranean, from sleepovers to the dream world, and discover the extraordinary impact this ordinary act can have on all of us.

HiberNation Headspace

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 163 Ratings

Mallika Rao dives into the lives of nearly a dozen people, each with a story to tell, rooted in a different facet of sleep. Over the course of this first season, we’ll descend from the material realm to the subterranean, from sleepovers to the dream world, and discover the extraordinary impact this ordinary act can have on all of us.

    Time Machine

    Time Machine

    In Revolution-era Iran, a 38-year-old woman dreams the precise circumstances of her own death. For our season finale, we delve into a family mystery rooted in one of the more surrealist wings of dream science -- where time travel, astral bodies, and love collide.
    Special thanks to guests Nahid, Gazelle and Solmaz Emami, and to Dr. Julia Mossbridge, author of The Premonition Code and founder of the TILT Institute. Additional thanks to Dr. Robert Stickgold

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    • 41 min
    Ghost Attack

    Ghost Attack

    Sleep paralysis remains one of the world’s most puzzling disorders, known by different names across cultures and eras. Sufferers recount nightly visitations straight out of horror movies, by ghosts and demons who emanate concentrated evil. And scientists can’t deny that something inexplicable seems to happen to those in the throes of an episode. We travel from a bedroom in a small town in India to a luxury hotel to follow one woman’s journey with this baffling disorder.  
    Special thanks to guest Ranita Roy, and Dr. Baland Jalal.
    Links from today's episode: 
    The Entity 
     

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    • 35 min
    Go to Sleep, Little Baby

    Go to Sleep, Little Baby

    The lullaby is an old song form, full of darkness and light. In this mini-episode, we learn about this ancient thread between parent and child, and enter the world of a tense expectant mother and a special lullaby.
    Special thanks to Emily Eagan of The Lullaby Project, to Ashley Pacheco and to Tiffany Ortiz.
    Links from today's episode: 
    Learn more about The Lullaby Project
    You can also listen the to the album The Lullaby Project released, Hopes and Dreams

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    • 18 min
    Third State

    Third State

    In the 1950s, Armond Aserinsky became the most famous kid in science. The 9-year-old son of Eugene Aserinksy, a tough, obstinate grad student who discovered REM sleep, Armond saw the pains of discovery up close, as his dad’s first test subject. REM, which some likened to another state of existence, would change science, and the Aserinsky household, for good.
    Special thanks to guests Armond Aserinsky and journalist Lynne Lamberg, as well as to Dr. Peter Shiromani.
    Links from today's episode: 
    Read the article by Chip Brown that inspired this episode
    We couldn't have done this without Lynne Lamberg - read one of her articles on Aserinksy
    And for more on how sleep science evolved, read "A New Vision of Dreams" in the New York Times
     

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    • 55 min
    Big $leep

    Big $leep

    A tech reporter on a hunt to defeat her insomnia discovers a larger contradiction fueling the multibillion dollar sleep industry. Can products really solve a problem that modernity has partially caused?
    Special thanks to guests Charlotte Jee and Ben Reiss, author of Wild Nights. 
    Links from today's episode:
    Read Charlotte’s story about her wild nights with tech
    Check out the shipping forecast that used to keep her company
    Listen to Apeman by The Kinks
    And for more from Ben, get a copy of Wild Nights from your local bookstore.

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    • 38 min
    Spend the Night with Joe McGill

    Spend the Night with Joe McGill

    Joe McGill is on a quest to sleep in every slave dwelling in America. For this mini-episode, we sent the activist a recorder to tape an overnight stay and explain why he does what he does.
    Special thanks to Joseph McGill Jr. and Nicole A. Moore.
    Links from today's episode: 
    Learn more about The Slave Dwelling Project.
    Get some Headspace. Use code HiberNation at checkout for a 90-day free trial.
     

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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Steved123456 ,

Surprisingly Interesting…so far.

As a bid headspace follower, I have this a shot as something different from my regular podcast. They make a topic many would find boring quite interesting with stories you just keep listening too. Sleep is something everyone can relate to so it is easy to follow. I like it so far but I’m curious to see if the content stays interesting.

Lizonvvvv ,

Great!

I love it. Thank you

KSD112227 ,

Not for Singles

I’ve loved Radio Headspace so was excited to try this new episode that was advertised on my Radio Headspace podcast. It left me feeling horrible to be single and alone. That sharing a space in bed was not only the best way to sleep but also how we are designed! Even the narrator is single and seemed to address the sadness of being alone. Will not listen to figure episodes as this one really put me off.

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