This Streaming Service Wants to Help You Fall Asleep

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Not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep at night isn’t just annoying, it’s actually dangerous. Studies show that lack of sleep can negatively affect your health and make you more likely to develop severe medical conditions. If you’ve tried everything to fall asleep faster but still find yourself staring at the clock at 3 a.m., it might be time to ditch that boring novel in favor of something known as Restflix.

Dubbed the “Netflix for sleep,” Restflix is a restful sleep streaming service that helps you fall asleep faster and encourages continuous, productive rest. 

The service has over 20 personalized channels, some of which broadcast stories and guided meditations while others feature relaxing sounds and incredible views. There’s even content made specifically for children, so if you’re having difficulty putting your little one to sleep, try queuing up videos from Restflix’s channel for kids.

One of my favorite channels is “Rain and Thunder.” I don’t know why, but there’s something incredibly soothing about falling asleep to the sound and view of raindrops falling into the sea (might be that pink noise). For those distracted by visuals, Restflix offers two channels with a dark screen. New content, which is approved by sleep experts, is added weekly and there are no ads to disturb your peace. 

The reason Restflix’s videos are so effective in lulling you to sleep is their audio. Each video uses binaural beats, a type of sound wave therapy that combines two different sound frequencies to create the illusion of a single new frequency that promotes melatonin (a powerful sleep hormone) production. Binaural beats may also help treat anxiety, stress, and similar disorders.

Speaking to PR News Wire, Restflix founder Kevin Hillman explained his motivation for creating the sleep app. “After months of laying awake wide-eyed, not being able to relax my mind and fall asleep, I realized no solution out there was solving the heart of the sleep issue and the conflicts that are causing the stress and division in everyday life. As a creative entrepreneur, I wanted a solution that would make a major difference in the hearts of people like myself who are struggling to rest because of the stress and conflicts in our present time, and through Restflix’s sound technology and content, people awake rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day.” 

Like Netflix, the service works on a subscription basis. A one-month subscription will set you back $7.99, whereas a yearly subscription costs just $59.99. However, there’s also a 7-day free trial, so you can see if Restflix can indeed help you drift off to sleep before you commit to it.