Sleep is essential for every human being, and the next time you hear the words "sleep is for the weak," remind them that sleep deprivation and chronic sleep deprivation could literally make the brain eat itself--so you better get those Zs.
How to Improve and Maintain Sleep
Unfortunately, many of us are unable to have a good sleeping habit.
According to Cleveland Clinic, around 70 million Americans have some form of sleep disorder, from sleep apnea to insomnia, and more, making it almost impossible to have a good night's sleep.
Nevertheless, there appears to be a new streaming platform that helps people sleep at night and encourages continuous rest, free from disruptions: Restflix.
Restflix is pretty much like Netflix, but made for people who need some rest and has more than 20 live channels, each one with content created for people to help them fall asleep, including white noises and even bedtime stories.
It's Backed Up by Science
According to The Next Web, the video channels are personalized, but they focus on binaural beats, a form of sound wave therapy that delivers sound in two frequencies, which the brain interprets as one new frequency and promotes a change in the brain's chemistry.
Based on the report, this allows the brain to generate more melatonin that regulates sleep.
Restlfix aims to help people who have difficulty sleeping by using binaural beats along with nature images and sounds, bedtime stories, as well as guided meditations to encourage people to sleep faster and sleep better.
It is a paid yearly subscription, starting from $49 for one year, and then another plan for a two-year subscription and a three-year subscription.
However, it also offers a 7-day free trial for new sign-ups to see if it could indeed help you.
The streaming platform is accessible through streaming devices such as Apple TV and Roku, or you can browse the channels and stream via the dedicated app for iOS and Android devices, which you can get from the App Store or Play Store, respectively.
White Noise and Sleep
This is not a new thing.
In the past, people have used white noise machines to help block out outside noises, promote sleep, and avoid disruptions.
"White noise works by reducing the difference between background sounds and a "peak" sound, like a door slamming, giving you a better chance to sleep through it undisturbed," SleepFoundation.org wrote.
Nevertheless, you don't necessarily have to buy a white noise machine as something that has a consistent, soothing noise such as a fan or an air purifier could work.
Many others tend to turn to YouTube and its millions of free videos, including white noise background music, to help them sleep better at night.
A paper published in the Journal of Caring Sciences in 2016 recommended using white noise machines to help mask environmental noises, improve, and maintain sleep after a small experiment involving 60 patients in a coronary care unit.
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Written by: Nhx Tingson