EVER wondered what it would be like to sleep with a celebrity? Now you can find out.
With more than three quarters of us struggling to get shut-eye in lockdown, famous faces have signed up to help us kip.
Apps such as Calm and Audible have released meditations and bedtime stories read by A-listers, with some on YouTube for free.
We asked exhausted mum-of-three Lynsey Hope, 39, from West Malling, Kent, to rate a selection and mark them out of five.
Blue Gold by Stephen Fry
THE comedy legend takes me on a journey through the lavender fields of Provence in this sleep story, which has had millions of views. It’s 24 minutes long but I fell asleep within ten.
I liked listening to Stephen but when I tried to recall what the story was about, I struggled.
There was a lot of describing fields and flowers. It wasn’t engaging, but was great at getting me to sleep.
- Free via Calm’s YouTube channel
Starry Night by Chris Hemsworth
THE Thor actor’s sleep story can be found on his lifestyle app, Centr. It is intended for kids but it sent me off easily – and that’s probably because it was quite dull.
There is something nice about his soft Aussie voice.
He asks you to imagine lying on a picnic rug and looking up at the stars. It’s only nine minutes long, but I quickly drifted off.
- Free for seven days and then £22.99 a month at centr.com
The Spire by Benedict Cumberbatch
THIS William Golding novel is about a church dean who has a mental breakdown.
To be honest, I found it boring but it was very nicely read by the Sherlock actor. It is six hours long in all.
I found myself restless, part wanting to know what was happening and part wanting to switch off and go to sleep.
- Free from audible.co.uk
- Download the Amazon-owned app Audible and you can hear a lot of books read by stars
Pride and Prejudice by Rosamund Pike
BOND girl Rosamund did a fantastic job of reading this Jane Austen classic and even put on special voices for the novel’s different characters.
Lying in bed and simply being able to listen to the story with my eyes closed did seem more relaxing than fidgeting about with a book before trying to get my head down.
I just turned off after ten minutes and had a good night’s sleep.
- Free from audible.co.uk
Dream With Me by Harry Styles
THE singer’s 40-minute “story” is more a collection of bad poetry accompanied by calming, orchestral music. Harry’s soft voice works but the rhyming is pretty cheesy.
He wants to take you through “moonlit valleys blanketed with heather, the kind of landscape you and I could dream about for ever”.
I turned him off after eight minutes.
- Free for seven days and then £28.99 for the year at calm.com
Sienna The Sleepy Sloth by David Walliams
I FOUND myself rather agitated listening to the telly star read this story. His different character voices for the tale left me tossing and turning.
When he finally finished 38 minutes later, I was still wide awake. I didn’t find his voice relaxing at all.
To me it was more of a children’s story. Try it on the kids – if it gets them off to sleep, it’s worth every penny.
Wonder by Matthew McConaughey
MODEL Camila Alves is the only one lucky enough to fall asleep with the actor in person, but you can let Matthew’s soothing voice send you off with this story on the Calm app.
His 29-minute tale is about a grandfather who explains the magic of the universe to his grand-daughter.
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And after just a few minutes of his soothing Southern drawl, I’d fallen under his spell.
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