5 ways your Google Nest smart speaker can help you get to sleep

5 ways your Google Nest smart speaker can help you get to sleep

Your Google Home or Google Nest smart speaker can help you sleep like a baby, whether you had one cup of coffee too many, or you can’t seem to quiet your mind. The device is helpful for scheduling your day, but it’s also handy for unwinding, too.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, start with, “Hey, Google, I can’t sleep.” It’ll respond with a few options — nature sounds, deep breathing, counting sheep, ambient music or sleepy playlists to help you fall asleep. Unfortunately, it doesn’t yet have a cure for nightmares.

Here are some things you can say to your Google Home or Google Nest to get assistance in getting sleepy.

Ask Google to play relaxing music

Google will find a playlist of ambient music 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 at any time using 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 off. Granted, if you just ask Google to play a podcast, it’ll 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’s got just the right amount of rambling to bore you. My Google Home worked best with the Google Podcasts app for me.

You can’t set a sleep timer vocally yet, but just tap the moon icon after you start an episode. You can choose for the podcast to stop after 5 minutes, 105 minutes or at the end of the episode. The app is packed with podcasts to help you sleep like Bedtime Stories for Nobody, the Sleep Meditation Podcast, One Third of Life, Tracks to Relax and Sleep Whispers…Read more>>



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