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Drew Ackerman's podcast is so boring you'll fall asleep

Lindsay Michael sits down with Drew Ackerman to talk about his intentionally boring podcast Sleep With Me

A podcast for insomniacs

Lindsay Michael interviews Drew Ackerman about his podcast Sleep With Me

Most podcasts want to hold your attention, tell you a compelling story, maybe teach you something. Calling a podcast boring sounds like the height of insult. But boring is what Drew Ackerman is going for. He feels most successful when listeners to his podcast Sleep With Me fall asleep while they listen to him.

"It's a bedtime story for grownups," says Ackerman. "It's just meant to take your mind off of whatever's keeping you up tossing and turning, whether you're overthinking or stressed about something. The podcast is just meant as a distraction from whatever thoughts you're having. It's kind of silly and meandering and little bit boring."

He tries out different ways of lulling his listeners to sleep — including recapping obscure and bizarre details from Breaking Bad episodes.

Ackerman was inspired to create his sleep aid podcast because he struggled with insomnia and night time anxieties as a kid.

The podcast is just meant as a distraction from whatever thoughts you're having. It's kind of silly and meandering and little bit boring."- Drew Ackerman

"The podcast is kind of borne out of my childhood insomnia and my love of radio and longform audio," he says. "In grammar school I had this terrible case where I couldn't sleep, especially Sunday nights were the worst. I was worried about school and freaked out. I shared a room with my brother and we would tell each other silly stories sometimes, and sometimes that would help me fall asleep."

He also loved listening to the radio show Dr. Demento. "It never really helped me fall asleep, but it gave me this solace away from all this anxiety."


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