The Mental Health Benefits of Birdsong: Exploring the Science

Finding Peace in the Twitter of Birds: How Drew Ackerman Overcame Insomnia with Sound Therapy

In this episode, Drew Ackerman, also known as Scooter from Sleep With Me Podcast, talks about his personal struggle to fall asleep. He has always had trouble calming his mind, especially as a child when worries would keep him awake at night. For the show, he tried a science-backed practice to help ease stress: listening to the twitter of birds. Drew found that the recordings of birdsong reminded him of peaceful summer afternoons, transporting him to a different time and place. Research shows that different sounds can have varying effects on us, with birdsong often lowering our body’s stress responses. For Drew, this relaxation helped him become sleepier.

Joining Drew in the discussion are Emil Stobbe, a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany, Jesper Alvarsson, a professor of Psychology at Södertörn University in Sweden and Eleanor Ratcliffe, a professor of Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey in the UK who contributes her expertise on how we can use nature to improve our sleep quality.

For more episodes like this one, listeners can check out “The Science of a Good Night’s Sleep” and “Why You Should Snap Pictures of Nature.” These episodes explore different ways to appreciate the outdoors and improve sleep quality. Other related Happiness Breaks by The Science of Happiness include “Restore Through Silence” and “Feeling the Awe of Nature from Anywhere” with Tricia Hersey and Dacher Keltner respectively.

Listeners are encouraged to share what sounds relax them by sending recordings to or using the hashtag #happinesspod. Additionally leaving a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and sharing the show with others can help spread the word about The Science of Happiness. A transcription of this episode will be available soon

Leave a Reply

The potential for hand tendon damage from excessive smartphone use Previous post The Unseen Dangers of Constant Smartphone Use: How Repeating Movements Can Damage Your Hands
Potential Increase in Beer Sales in the U.S. and Worldwide Due to Summer Olympics and Other Sporting Events Next post Beer Sales Boost Expected this Summer: Insights from Major Brewers Amid Olympic Games and Slowing Inflation