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Napflix: The New Video Streaming App That Puts You to Sleep

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For those in the habit of watching Netflix to fall asleep at night, you know that it's all too easy to end up hooked on your latest binge obsession, watching episode after episode until it's 3 a.m. Well, now there's a new streaming site designed to target this exact problem. "We all know the feeling of insomnia. Your body wants to sleep but your mind is still awake and active," explain the founders of Napflix, "a video platform where you can find the most silent and sleepy content selection to relax your brain and easily fall asleep." 

It sounds like it's straight out of an SNL skit, but the website really does exist. Their wide-ranging selection, which pulls in from YouTube, is definitely sleepy. You can find everything from a TV ad for a power juicer to a documentary on quantum theory to the 2013 World Chess Final—just choose whatever sounds most boring to you. There are also more traditionally relaxing options like waterfall nature sounds, a burning fireplace, or a three-hour video of a tropical beach with white sand and palm trees. Following in the footsteps of Netflix, there's original Napflix video content too, including a 23-minute black and white video of the subway ride from Canal St. to Coney Island (we've experienced that before IRL, and we can attest, it really will put you to sleep in minutes.) 

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Still, looking at any kind of screen right before bed is generally the biggest no-no health and sleep experts will give you. That's because electronics emit a blue hue that mimics daylight, which stops your body from producing the sleep hormone melatonin, said Pete Bils, vice chair of the Better Sleep council. (And on top of sabotaging your sleep, the light exposure before bed is also tied to weight gain.) This is why you've heard over and over again to turn off all electronics one hour before bedtime.

However, if you're truly addicted to your screen, experts suggest downloading apps like f.flux and Twilight that will automatically begin dimming your electronics' screens to minimize the amount of blue light you see at night. (More on that here: 3 Ways to Use Tech at Night—and Still Sleep Soundly) Similarly, Napflix offers silent videos like, 'Zen Garden Sleep' that feature decreasing brightness which might make them a better selection for your bedtime entertainment (if you can call it that). 

While reading an old-fashioned book is always going to be a better sleep inducer than looking at a screen, if you're going to be watching something anyway, Napflix could be a way to drift off faster—unless, of course, you're just dying to watch a Tupperware documentary from the 1960s. To each their own, right?

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