I wrote a piece for the Bold Italic on my interview with Drew Ackerman, a podcaster who wants to help insomniacs get some much needed sleep. You can check out that article here.
I’ve had trouble sleeping since I was a child. Sometimes it was because of television, a scary X-Files episode that wouldn’t leave my young brain. Other times, the insomnia didn’t seem to have a source. It just was, an indisputable, organic fact, like the darkness outside my window, or the snores of my dogs sleeping at the foot of my bed.
As I got older, I found things that helped. Ambient music worked by giving me something to focus on, besides the fact that sleep was impossible. The soothing tones of Japanese experimental musician Hiroshi Yoshimura was especially effective, often transporting me to dreamland within minutes. But sometimes, even music wasn’t enough. I needed something else, something that didn’t just distract me, but also made me feel less alone.
I recently found something for my insomnia tool kit that fills that gap. It’s a podcast called “Sleep with Me,” where host Drew Ackerman acts as your literal Sandman, threading intricate bedtime stories that get lost in tangents, unimportant details, and surreal humor. He doesn’t just talk insomniacs to sleep. He also makes them feel less alone, cutting through the loneliness of what he calls the “deep dark night.”