You may remember Peter Serafinowicz (currently starring in Amazon’s The Tick remake) reading the Shipping Forecast in season 1 of Dylan Moran’s Black Books. Most people do not have as erotic a reaction to the Shipping Forecast as Fran Katzenjamer (Tamsin Greig) does. In fact, the Shipping Forecast sends most people to sleep. But that’s the point. To a small number of people, the Shipping Forecast gives important information to people on the seas surrounding the British Isles, such as the weather forecast, but the majority of the audience listens to it on BBC Radio 4 as a calmer or sleep aid because of the distinct sound and rhythm of the report.
Now, you can get the app. Calm.com, which has a growing library of more than thirty Sleep Stories (bedtime tales for adults), has added a recording of the Shipping Forecast to its collection.
“The Shipping Forecast is a British institution, which has become part of Britain’s cultural landscape. It is also probably the single most effective natural sleep aid ever invented… for a completely different purpose.” -Alex Tew, co-founder of Calm.com
More info about Calm.com: They are sleep-inducing tales that mix soothing words, music and sound-effects to help adult listeners wind down and drift off to dreamland. The over 30 Sleep Stories are narrated by everyone from mindfulness experts to psychologists and actors. Most range in length from 20 to 30 minutes and in kind from non-fiction “nature essays” describing natural wonders to an extract from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They include both original stories, devised by mindfulness experts, slow-tempo re-tellings for adults of such classic children’s tales as The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson, and whispered versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Velveteen Rabbit. Calm is free to download and includes a collection of meditations, Sleep Stories, soothing nature scenes and a breathing tool.
And if that doesn’t do it for you, there’s always The Little Book of Calm.