Yeah, yeah, we know that watching TV before bed can be more harmful than helpful. But we also know that sometimes a glass of wine and some melatonin just isn’t cutting it. When you’ve given up on staring at the ceiling and you’ve succumbed to the temptation of Netflix, worry not - we’ve compiled a list of the best movies and TV shows to help lull you to sleep.
If you’re awake because:
You just finished a horror movie… 72 Cutest Animals. Nothing is better for mind-scrubbing than the sights and sounds of cute-and-fuzzies romping around in the sun.
You’re stressed about tomorrow…A Cinderella Story. Immersing yourself in the carefree world of whiny teenagers who can’t get a date to the prom is the ultimate form of escapism.
You’re stressed about today…Coco. Sometimes bright colors and beautiful music, paired with a sweet message, is enough to put things in perspective and calm your mind.
You’re excited for tomorrow... Planet Earth II. The sweeping views and captivating scenes will keep your attention away from the future and focused on the screen...til you inevitably fall asleep during the desert episode.
You have a song stuck in your head…Amy. The famously soulful musical stylings of this iconic starlet will gently put that earworm to rest.
Your house/apartment is too noisy…Moving Art. The calming music will act as white noise that doubles as a soft, sweet lullaby.
You had a cuppa after 3pm…Chill with Bob Ross. There’s nothing more relaxing than watching the world’s purest artist paint trees and clouds for hours on end. Nothing.
Room is too hot…Wild North. This documentary about the frigid Norweigan ecosystems uses vivid imagery and soothing narration that makes you feel like you’re right there in the snowy landscape.
Room is too cold…Fireplace For Your Home. And if you’re above a certain tax bracket, opt for the Birchwood Edition.
SOMEONE is hogging the bed…The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. Settle in and imagine yourself in a Double-Cal-King with gold-accented bedposts and a personal butler. Just try it.
You’re jetlagged…SLOW: Train to Oslo. This real-time journey in one of the most beautiful places on Earth will get your internal clock back in sync while itching that travel scratch.
More than one of the above or none of the above...The Office. Between the low stakes, muted tones, and subtle hilarity, the greatest show ever made also acts as the ultimate bedtime story to soothe your mind and calm you down.
Do you have a hidden Netflix gem that you use to help you fall asleep? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line “WATCH THIS” to be featured on our list!