If you need a little something to help you fall asleep at night – or even just for that Sunday afternoon nap – Sleep Stories are just the thing. Read on, to find out more about one of the most popular features on Mindhouse!
A Brief History of the Bedtime Story
The bedtime tale is a tradition as old as time. We all have fond memories of being lulled to sleep by the soothing voices of our parents or grandparents, as they tell us fascinating stories, full of bright and vivid imagery. So many times, we have drifted off to sleep, our heads filled with wondrous colour and adventure.
But who’s to say these tales can’t be a part of our lives beyond childhood? For one, we all still rely on different tools and techniques to help us fall asleep at night. To add to that, we’re living in an age where numerous adults around the world periodically struggle to get enough sleep. If you’ll permit us to get a bit more technical, there’s plenty of research that highlights just how critical sleep can be for our bodies to function well, and its importance for our overall physical and mental well-being.
However, all that aside, it’s really as simple as this – you’re never too old for a great bedtime story.
Which is why, our latest labour of love combines that wonderful childhood tradition with the power of modern meditation, to give you – Mindhouse Sleep Stories!
What are Sleep Stories?
To put it briefly, our Sleep Stories a blend of wonderfully-crafted creative writing and peaceful ambient music, anchored by some fantastic narrations by a few of our favourite folks in entertainment. We were thrilled to be able to collaborate with Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Amol Parashar to help bring the first set of stories to life, and needless to say, being able to work with them was an absolute treat.
We’ve worked with our writers to ensure that each story evokes a sense of calm and tranquility, with the themes spanning everything from folk tales with an updated twist, to nature visualizations and original fiction. Transport yourself to the pristine glacial beauty of the alps with “A Swiss Mountain Adventure”, guided by Konkona Sen Sharma’s expert narration. Take a walk through the cool dark trees with “A Night in the Forest”, with Rahul Bose’s soothing baritone as the perfect nocturnal companion. Or immerse yourself in a vibrant and colourful reimagining of Hansel & Gretel, retold compellingly by Amol Parashar. No matter what your bedtime tale of choice, we feel there’s something for everyone (and there’ll be more on the way soon)!
Sleep Stories as a gateway to Meditation
Aside from being the perfect way to help you to drift off to dreamland each night, our Sleep Stories can also act a handy entry point into the world of meditation! Various elements of the Visualization technique have been woven seamlessly into the content of each story, and when you listen to one of them, you’re also gaining a certain amount of familiarity with the technique itself. So after you’ve listened to a couple, you’ll be all set to try and attend a full guided session, and kickstart a more regular meditation practice.
If you’re wondering where you can start listening to the Sleep Stories, they’re available on the Mindhouse app starting right…now! Even better, you get a 1-month Free Trial when you sign up, so every story is free for 30 days, along with everything else in the app. And for all the folks who’ve been using Mindhouse for a while, we hope the Stories will help add an extra element of delight to your meditation routines.
We’d love to hear what you all think of these stories, so please feel free to send your feedback to email@example.com. Tell us what you loved about the Sleep Stories, what we could be doing better, and what stories or celebrities you might like to hear next. And until then – happy napping! 🙂