Can’t sleep? Napflix to the rescue
Ordinarily, sleep experts recommend removing screens at least an hour before bedtime. Not only do screens emit blue light, but whatever we’re watching or reading sometimes seems so much more appealing than sleep.
But what if a screen could provide the perfect antidote to insomnia?
According to a Nov. 4 article on Geek.com, Victor Guitérrez de Tena and Francesc Pérez created Napflix.tv, a “Spanish siesta video platform” that finds users “the most silent and sleepy content selection to relax your brain and easily fall asleep.”
Instead of addictive episodes of “Game of Thrones” or “Gilmore Girls” that you might find on Netflix, Napflix showcases purposefully dull videos.
“We (were) looking for monotony, nostalgic and relaxing content,” Guitérrez de Tena says in the article. “It’s all got to have the same pattern and help you to disconnect your mind.”
Videos range from documentaries (such as the 1964 “The Wonderful World of Tupperware” or the 1954 “Sheep Breeds”) to sports (featuring the 2013 World Chess Final and the 2016 Track Cycling Championships) to relaxing videos (such as three hours of an aquarium fish tank—frankly, your cat might enjoy watching that one with you).
The site also features a sleep timer and siesta mode—which flips the screen sideways to make it easy to watch lying on your side.
So the next time you find yourself wide-eyed at 3 a.m., fluff up your pillows and watch a little Bob Ross or the World Dog Championships. It might be just what you need.