If you’re having trouble sleeping, start with ‘Hey Google, I can’t. “It responds with a few options – nature sounds, deep breathing, sheep counting, ambient music or sleepy playlists to help you fall asleep. Unfortunately, finding a cure for nightmares doesn’t help yet.
Here are some things you can say to yourselfto get help getting sleepy.
Ask Google to play relaxing music
Google will find an ambient music playlist on YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, or Deezer if you have an account (if not, all these services all have free options). If you like the playlist, open the music app to save it. You can link your media accounts when you set up your speaker or whenever you want with the Google Home app.
Google can play a podcast
Listening to a podcast is one of my favorite ways to fall asleep when my mind just won’t shut down. Granted, if you just ask Google to play a podcast, it will pick a few at random, which may not interest you. But you can specify what you want to listen to. My personal favorite is the Sleep With Me podcast. It’s just interesting enough to distract your mind, and it has just the right amount of hassle to keep you bored. The Google Home worked best for me with the Google Podcasts app.
You can’t set a sleep timer vocally just yet, just tap Moon icon after you start an episode. You can choose to have the podcast stop after 5 minutes, 105 minutes, or at the end of the episode. The app is packed with podcasts to help you sleep, such as Bedtime Stories for Nobody, the Sleep Meditation Podcast, One Third of Life, Tracks to Relax, and Sleep Whispers.
Who doesn’t like relaxing sounds of nature?
You can make the request a few times until you settle for the sound you like. Some of the options I came across included rain, a babbling brook, crickets, and chirping birds. However, be careful with the water noises at night unless you want a bathroom break too! The Google Home can also play a playlist of nature sounds from your linked music apps.
‘Hey, Google, tell me a bedtime story’
I am a fan of falling asleep to podcasts or TV shows. If your little one is having a hard time catching a few sisters, try the Google Home bedtime story option. The stories are geared toward kids, but can provide some background noise for kids of any age to wander off to. Google picks short stories from Google Play Books and Storynory, so make sure you have those apps installed. You can sort 3- to 10-minute fairytales, quirky stories, or short films about popular TV characters like Dora the Explorer.
Yes, Google can sing you a lullaby
Another option to help kids prepare for bed is to ask Google to sing or play a lullaby. You’ll find classics like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, a German Cradle Song and Rock-a-bye Baby with a reworked (less violent) ending.
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