When you were a child, you probably got to listen to various stories before snoozing the night away. But did you know that even adults can get a good night’s sleep after listening to a gripping tale? Today, you’ll get to browse some of the best bedtime stories for your girlfriend. First things first, though — why should couples engage in storytelling at all?
Getting the Body Ready for Sleep
Now, you may be wondering — stories are for children who usually don’t want to go to bed, so their parents need to put them to sleep. Adults cannot benefit from bedtime storytelling, can they?
Well, you’d be surprised by how wonderful it is to listen to a few stories before hitting the sack. Unlike reading, which is also beneficial, listening to bedtime stories is more in line with how the human body acts at night. The hearing is the last thing to shut down before you fall asleep. Naturally, it’s the first one to wake up in the morning.
By listening to a story before bed and focusing on the words and the voice telling it, you can systematically shut down your other senses, leaving hearing for last. Thus, you’ll follow your body’s natural rhythm and get it ready for a cozy snooze.
In a nutshell, by picking out a few bedtime stories for your girlfriend, you’ll help her sleep better, no matter where she is. And speaking of which…
Bond With Your Girl When She’s Far Away — or Lying Next to You
Your soothing voice and great taste in stories are bound to make your girlfriend fly off to dreamland in 10 to 15 minutes. But a better benefit here is that you will get to bond with her. You two will share an experience that’s often reserved for the youngest humans only.
Most people like to associate stories with children, but adults need them as well. In fact, they’ve been so eager to introduce them back into their lives that the rise of the adult bedtime story cannot be ignored.
However, you and your girlfriend are a couple; to bond, you don’t have to rely on an app. By simply taking into account all the things she loves and admires, you can either think of your own story or choose from the greatest ones ever written.
And even then, it’s evident how memorable the whole experience is. What better way to show your love for your girl than by putting her to sleep while voicing a story that can touch her heart and soul? You don’t do that for everyone — only for people in your life whose existence has changed it for the better!
How to Pick and Tell the Best Bedtime Stories for Your Girlfriend
Before opting for one of the following stories, keep in mind who you’re telling it to. Consider how your girlfriend is feeling at that moment. Take her character into account (both virtues and flaws) and basically “read the room.”
The last thing you want to do is make your girl mad before bedtime. Unfortunately, you can easily do that by picking a story she’s just not in the mood for.
While telling the story, try giving it some character by using different voices and tone. If there are some funny moments, this sort of storytelling will also serve as comic relief!
However, don’t go for a complex story where there are too many characters and subplots. You ought to pick something that will both entertain and relax her, not get her all confused!
Those are the only real “rules” you ought to follow — now, it’s time to go through a few suggestions!
The Best Bedtime Stories for Your Girlfriend — and the Sweetest Dreams!
Romantic Bedtime Stories for Your Girlfriend
#1. Time Traveler’s Wife
Love that has to survive miles between the lovers is one thing — adding time into the mix is a whole other issue. But that’s what Time Traveler’s Wife is all about. It shows you how love can win against all the odds, even if time keeps getting in the way.
A story about a man with a genetic disorder that stops him from remaining in the present, Time Traveler’s Wife is a heart-wrenching tale of love and how complex it can get. Your girlfriend will love hearing about everything the couple has to go through to stay together — and how it only makes them stronger!
#2. The Notebook
If there are some classic bedtime stories for your girlfriend, The Notebook definitely comes out as the winner at the very top. The story is one both men and women have cried over in the cinema. In its core, it’s an epic tale of love, loss, and fighting for what you want.
In any other story, Allie and Noah may have never met. But destiny brought them together, and despite their class differences, they fell madly in love.
Sadly, they have to overcome quite a few obstacles along the way, not to mention realize that the heart really does want what it wants. They are true soulmates that have to find each other in the end — just like you and your girl did!
Erotic Bedtime Stories for Your Girlfriend
#3. Fifty Shades of Grey
Are you looking for some bedtime stories for your girlfriend that may not necessarily put her to sleep immediately? Fifty Shades of Grey quickly took the world by storm as soon as the first book was published. But there’s no need to read it to your girl — you can simply retell the story.
Many say it doesn’t do the world of BDSM justice. Still, that doesn’t mean the story cannot turn you or your girl on. And if that’s what you’re trying to do, I suggest going slowly through the story, not missing any of the details.
The main focus should be on Anastasia and Christian, as they explore each other’s boundaries and desires. The plot doesn’t really matter, although I suggest following it while telling the story just so you know where it ends. Who knows, though — you may not get a chance to finish it the same evening!
#4. Bared to You
If Fifty Shades of Grey may be too weak for you in terms of the plot, then Bared to You is a better (not to mention a more interesting) choice. Sure, there are some sex scenes here too, which may spice up your storytelling slightly. However, Eva and Gideon’s tale is a lot deeper than what Fifty Shades of Grey may offer.
Eva is carrying a lot of baggage from her past and is still under her parents’ control. Gideon is a well-known playboy with a secret that has been terrorizing him for years now. This secret has been causing nightmares and preventing him from committing to anyone entirely.
These two don’t know it yet, but they have a lot more in common than it seems at first glance.
Yes, they are from different walks of life, and Gideon doesn’t even want any real intimacy at first. But Eva shows him that they share the same pain and that she understands him better than anyone else. She sees him for what he truly is and accepts him completely. Now that’s a theme a couple can easily understand and bond over!
Hollywood Bedtime Stories for Your Girlfriend
Do you believe in love at first sight? You and your girl might have taken the long road and dated first. But some people just KNOW when they see their soulmate — they feel it deep inside.
Unfortunately, as it so happens, they are usually with other people and afraid to let go of something good. Serendipity isn’t only about meeting the love of your life, though. It’s about letting destiny guide you toward them so that you know for sure this is it — that’s the person you’re growing old with.
In the end, the two leads find each other, despite years keeping them apart. You may not have waited for your girl for that long, but surely you can agree — each day before finding her was utterly meaningless.
#6. You’ve Got Mail
Did you and your girl start your relationship as friends or foes? It’s a tale as old as time — two enemies fight each other only to finally realize that they’ve been arguing with the love of their life!
Yet, when you bring the Internet into the mix, the whole story becomes a bit messier. Fighting for the survival of her bookstore, Kathleen despises Joe, the man of the hour, and the cynical owner of a bookstore chain. What she doesn’t realize is that she and Joe have been talking online for a while now and have actually fallen in love!
The problem? Joe learns who she is and cannot seem to reconcile her cyber persona with her real-life (to him, despicable) self. But that’s where the beauty of this movie and story is hiding.
In the end, You’ve Got Mail shows that your soulmate doesn’t have to be your perfect match. You may have your fights, opposing opinions, and the like. Hey, you may even break up at some point!
But true soulmates always get back to each other, and that’s who Kathleen and Joe are. They were meant for one another despite the long list of differences they have!
#7. When Harry Met Sally
Depending on how you and your girl met, the story of When Harry Met Sally may be quite appropriate. Still, even if you two weren’t friends before getting together, retelling how Sally and Harry fell in love makes for a wonderful bedtime story.
Harry, broody and cynical, never would have thought he’d fall for a girl like Sally. Sally, a classic girly girl, didn’t think he was a nice person at all!
And yet, these two became terrific friends and nurtured a friendship that spanned years. Finally, at some point, they couldn’t deny what was going on between them. After all, opposites do attract — and nobody said your soulmate has to fit all your needs and preferences!
Classic Fairy Tales and Whimsical Bedtime Stories for Your Girlfriend
#8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Since it’s a true classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs holds a special place in every Disney fan’s heart. And given that it’s a tale of how true love finds itself in the end, it’s also one of the best bedtime stories for your girlfriend.
What makes Snow White such a gripping story is that it has everything. It’s not just a run-of-the-mill story; it’s a fairy tale with some amazing examples of love, friendship, fear, and the fight of the good against the evil.
You have the Evil Queen, who won’t stop until she sees Snow White dead. There are the dwarfs, which didn’t actually think someone as wonderful as Snow would ever become their friend. And finally, there’s the Prince whose destiny is to find Snow and save her from imminent death.
This version of the story is the one Disney has made famous. However, if you want to expand upon it, you may want to look into the TV show Once Upon a Time.
Chock-full of detail and reimagined as a modern tale, your girlfriend will surely love that version of Snow and Prince Charming! Plus, you can always add your own details or commentary. Make the story as unique and interesting as possible!
As one of the most famous fairy tales, there’s a good chance Cinderella is the go-to choice for your girlfriend. But even if it isn’t, there’s no harm in retelling the story of the girl who had it all — and lost it to her evil stepmother.
In its essence, Cinderella can teach you a lot about not judging people for how they look and never being disrespectful toward your elders. However, once you get deeper into the story, you realize that this tale actually teaches you how to forgive and protect your own heart against evil.
The easiest thing for Cinderella would be to hate her step-family for everything they did to her. But she persevered and decided against filing her heart with loathing so strong that it would destroy her character.
If your girl sometimes feels as if the whole world is against her and people are trying to hurt her for no reason, Cinderella may help her cope with that. It may show her how important it is to always be kind, even when the feeling isn’t mutual.
However, if not, Cinderella is still a fantastic bedtime story for those who need a little bit of a push to finally fall asleep. Once it’s done, your girlfriend will definitely be snoozing the night away. She’ll feel extra-calm because Cinderella got her happy ending — and so will she!
#10. The Princess Bride
You may have seen the movie, but have you ever tried retelling the story of The Princess Bride to anyone? If you haven’t, now is the time to do so; this tale is one of the most interesting bedtime stories you may ever encounter!
Although it’s more of a fantasy romance rather than a fairy tale, The Princess Bride shows once more how good can and will always conquer evil. However, it doesn’t make the story too serious! Comic relief is an incredible part of the story. That’s something you ought to use to your advantage while telling the tale.
As for the plot, everybody already knows it. A beautiful girl has to marry a horrible prince, but she still laments the death of her one true love. Believing that he is gone forever, she thinks she has no choice and agrees to a sham marriage.
However, the wedding may not happen at all! She’s kidnapped by a gang of three outlaws and then saved by a mysterious pirate. But who is he and what does he want? Could it be that her love is still alive?
I guess you’ll just have to wait and see. What I know for sure, though, is that this story combines action with romance in the best way possible. The result is a bedtime story like no other — and a fantastic choice for your girl!
#11. Beauty and the Beast
Finally, there’s Beauty and the Beast, which definitely deserves its place on this list of the best bedtime stories for your girlfriend. If you’ve ever felt like you two are not the most common couple out there — you’re so different! — this is the story to pick.
With a strong French influence, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, whose father has disappeared and is now held captive by a horrible beast. Guided by her love for her only living parent, Belle shows her bravery right at the start by taking his place and becoming a prisoner herself.
What she doesn’t expect is that she will form a relationship with the Beast. There is something alluring about him, and though she knows she should be afraid of him — he appears more human in her eyes than anyone else she has ever met.
But Beast has a secret that has kept him away from people and true love for years. Now, Belle is here and may actually help him — provided he gets over his beastly persona!
Fascinating, isn’t it? For the rest of the story, you’ll need to brush up on your Disney animated movie knowledge and pay attention to all the details so that the story is even more enjoyable. Alternatively, you may want to tell the original version by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, especially if your girl knows the Disney one all too well!
#12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Some may say that it’s the quintessential children’s tale, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is loved by many adults as well! If your girl is more into whimsical tales with eccentric characters rather than princes saving various maidens, this just may be the best bedtime story for her.
If you’ve watched Tim Burton’s film version, then you’re already familiar with how the story goes. It’s the ultimate tale of how good things always happen to those who have earned them, and what happens to those who fail to be kind toward others.
For children, the themes that appear in this story may be a bit scary — and rightfully so, as you can use the book to teach them about life. However, that doesn’t mean your girlfriend won’t appreciate it.
In fact, it’s likely that your girl meets the characters described in this book every single day. As such, she’ll probably love how the story rewards the good and punishes the bad ones. It’s a great reminder of the old saying “what goes around comes around” and thus a wonderfully smart bedtime story!
Most people want to believe that bedtime stories are only for children who may be afraid of what’s hiding under their beds. What they fail to realize is that just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to give up on your most wonderful childhood memories.
What makes these stories even more powerful is that they are timeless and able to not only entertain but teach incredible lessons to those who hear them. Not to say that your girl needs to be taught a thing or two — there’s no harm in reminding her just how special, smart, and kind she is, though.
And trust me — she’ll love listening to your soothing voice as you put this much effort into bonding with her. There’s something incredibly special about dedicating time to helping another person go off into dreamland with only the most positive thoughts in their mind.
Hopefully, in this mix of both classic and modern tales, you’ll find some of the best bedtime stories for your girlfriend and start a new storytelling tradition!