Do you also dream about hitting the bed at night in the middle of a class or a meeting? Well, I can relate. However, there are days when I am exhausted, and sleep seems impossible. Does it happen to you too? If it does, then I have the best solution for you. Audiobooks help me relax and, just like a lullaby, make me drift to sleep peacefully.
Best Bedtime Audiobooks For Sleeping!
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1. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Just like looking at delicious food pictures make you instantly drool, in the same way, listening to an audiobook about sleep will relax you and make you fall asleep. Why We Sleep is a groundbreaking book by Professor Matthew Walker, the Sleep & Neuroimaging Lab director at UC Berkeley. Sleep is often taken for granted by most of us.
This book will inform you about the different aspects of sleep, for example, the effects of caffeine and alcohol on sleep, focusing on sleep as a preventative against cardiovascular illnesses, cancer, etc. Steve West, who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks across several genres, has given his voice to this audiobook, making it a relaxing bedtime listen. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Some books hold a special place in your heart. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is one such book. The protagonist, Eleanor, does not possess social skills. She speaks out the truth without thinking how it will be reciprocated. As a result, Eleanor doesn’t have any friends. She spends her weekends with pizza and vodka. But Eleanor’s life changes when she meets Raymond, the IT guy. Raymond is fun, enthusiastic, and kind. This book has an inherent sense of solitude and calmness, making it a perfect audiobook to listen to at night. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
If fiction is too much for you to listen to at night, I highly recommend listening to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming. Memoirs are personal, where you microscopically witness a person’s life through words. In this book, Michelle Obama returns to her childhood in the South Side of Chicago and tells us how her parents raised her.
She takes the listener through her whole life experience of studying, becoming a lawyer, falling in love with Barrack Obama, marrying him, struggling to keep up with her husband’s ambitious political endeavors, and finally positioning herself as one of the most iconic women in the history of the United States. Listening to Michelle Obama narrate her own story is so engaging. Her voice makes you feel safe and calm. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
4. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
I recommend Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s book Before the Coffee Gets Cold because of the writing style. When I was listening to this audiobook, it instantly brought my focus to the present moment. I could visualize every single detail vividly. It felt like I was seeing a dream, and gradually I would slip into sound sleep. Now, this is a story about a hundred-year-old, quaint little cafe in one of the narrow lanes of Tokyo.
Along with coffee, the cafe also offers time travel to the past. But there is a catch. The trip will only last once the coffee gets cold. Hence, the title of the book. Sounds interesting. Well, it is. The narration by Arina Li makes the story even more pleasant and fun. I highly recommend it for your late-night listens. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
5. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
I keep telling my reader friends that Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman is one of the most aesthetically pleasing books I have ever listened to. The movie adaptation of the story is widely famous, so if you have already watched the movie, you should still consider picking this audiobook. The narration is done by Armie Hammer, who played the role of Oliver.
Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age erotica that follows the story of Oliver and Elio. Elio is a teenager who falls passionately for his father’s temporary assistant Oliver who is also his father’s student. Oliver stays in their house as well. The writing style is smooth, lyrical, and hypnotizing. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
6. Mythos by Stephen Fry
Many have gone to bed listening to stories about ancient characters as children. From mythology to fantasy, these stories transported us into the world of the characters, and we would slowly fall asleep while still visualizing the story. If you are looking for something similar, you will love the audiobook Mythos by Stephen Fry, also narrated by him. In this book, Stephen Fry takes us into Greek Mythology and retells the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians. It’s the perfect audiobook to listen to at night. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
7. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Frankly, you can pick any book by Bill Bryson, and you are good to go. But I have recommended A Walk in the Woods because of its beautiful description of nature. Lying down in your comfortable bed, tucked in your favorite blanket, and listening to the theatre actor Rob Mcquay narrate the book is blissful. Bill Bryson guides us through The Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in this book.
The terrain in this trail has mountains, lakes, forests, etc. Listening to this audiobook is like hiking on one of the most beautiful trails in America. This audiobook will calm your nerves and put you in a tranquil state. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
8. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
This one is my favorite from this list. And the reason is Neil Gaiman. Stardust by Neil Gaiman is the story of Tristran and Victoria, where Victoria promises Tristan that she will marry him if he brings the star they saw falling from the sky together. And then the adventure begins. The story is intriguing, and it will keep you hooked.
But it’s Nail Gaiman’s narration that makes Stardust one of the best audiobooks to listen to fall asleep. Neil’s voice is heavy and hypnotizing. I always compare his voice with the smell of musk. Both are so earthy and grounded. If you have not listened to Neil Gaiman’s audiobooks before, you must listen to this one. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
9. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
This one is especially for my female readers. There are days when you come back from work and are exhausted. Not because of how much you have worked but because you must put on a facade in front of everyone because it’s so hard to be authentic. Whether wearing uncomfortable heels or dabbing a little more loose powder on your smile lines, it won’t last long if you do all this for validation from others. Untamed by Glennon Doyle is like sacred text for people who want to stop feeling stuck and level up. Listening to an uplifting audiobook at night will help you sleep better and plant positive seeds in your subconscious. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
10. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney is a master of storytelling. Her writing style is addictive, so she has grown an enormous following. Conversations with Friends is one of her most notable works. This audiobook is for those who want to listen to something fun, quirky, and free-spirited. This is different from the kind of book you consume for intellectual pleasure. If you want to read about flawed characters who do stupid things, this is the one for you. Frances and Bobbi, the two lead characters, are relatable. The book has themes of friendship, jealousy, lust, etc, making it a chill audiobook for listening at night. You can get the audiobook here! 🎧
When your nighttime routine is bae and helps you unwind, it’s essential to make it count. Listening to audiobooks is a cathartic experience and also such an excellent habit. You can also check out Short Audiobooks if you want something small and light to listen. Let us know which audiobooks you will pick from this list.
Sneha Banerjee has been writing for half a decade now. She is also a professional copywriter and has worked for many businesses. She is a voracious reader, and her ultimate dream is to turn everyone into a reader.