CHICAGO -- One in three people will suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives. Women are twice as likely as men to have trouble with sleep.
How do you beat it? Clear your head so you can salvage a sleepless night? One man in the Bay Area is trying to help, one hour at a time.
He's doing it with a podcast. It's long, and quirky. Some might even call it boring. And that's the whole idea. Because if you can't fall asleep, desperate people will try anything to catch up on their eight hours.
Forty-one-year-old Drew Ackerman, a librarian by day and storyteller by night, hopes you'll tune into his podcast called "Sleep With Me."
These stories are not for kids. They're not sexual in nature, no music to get stuck in your head, or world problems to solve, but as you struggle to nod off, Ackerman tries to lull you to sleep with his monotone voice. His drifting stories. His pregnant pauses. He even slurs his words, stutters a bit. All part of his unique craft.
So settle in with your ear buds and turn off the lights. Get ready for the weird, the confusing, and hopefully soothing talk, as strange as it may sound, that will put you out for the night.
Ackerman says he suffered from insomnia as a kid, so he's passionate about his role. He's amazed at how many people suffer from chronic pain and are desperate for sleep. He spends 40-50 hours a week drafting these often non-sensical monologues and records them from his closet. Yes, his closet. His nose to a wall of clothes.
His audience spans from Oklahoma to Australia . Some are eternally awake in college, others are pacing away their retirement years. Some don't even speak English and just appreciate Ackerman's tone.
One statistic shows sleep problems add nearly $16 billion in health care costs nationally. If you're a contributor to that statistic, you might want to check this out.
Go to itunes or sleepwithmepodcast.com