People with insomnia tend to have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep throughout the night, or they wake up too early in the morning. For many, there are a number of ways to assist them in falling asleep – like medication, sleep-inducing machines, music therapy and most recently, the use of apps designed to assist individuals impacted by the common trouble.
A daily self-care app by the name of “Shine” is now coming to the rescue of insomniac’s around the world by channeling the beloved 90s movie nostalgia with new Sleep Stories that lull you to sleep with stories of those same movies you’ve seen thousands of times from your childhood. The new category of in-app audio tracks recently launched on Oct. 30 and includes favourites like She’s All That, Clueless, and Love and Basketball.
“When we thought of what we love falling asleep to, it was those movies we’ve seen 100 times,” Shine co-founders Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi have stated in an interview with lifestyle publication, Bustle. “Those ‘90s and early 2000s hits play on our nostalgia They’re just fun enough you’ll want to listen and just boring enough you’ll fall asleep.”
According to Stanford Medicine, the science behind it involves body scan meditations that can help you build greater self-awareness of what you’re feeling both physically and emotionally and how your physical and emotional experiences are connected. This body scan meditation instructs you to release the tension in your body starting from your toes all the way up your body until you are fully relaxed. Once you’ve released all that tension that you may be collecting unknowingly from your day, the Sleep Story will then offer the user some positive affirmations, usually consisting of phrases like “you’re a hero” and “you’re all that” among others that are all used to remind it’s user that no matter what happened that day, they’re still as valued as ever. The app will then launch into your chosen bedtime story and will proceed to be narrated in a calming and naturally soothing voice, one that has been referred to as “well-suited” for bedtime storytelling by users so far.
Meditating before bed has been shown to improve quality of sleep in the past, according to lifestyle publication, Life Hack. When you meditate before bed, your mind supposedly wanders less and you result in getting better REM sleep. But Life Hack also states that meditation doesn’t exactly work the same way for everyone, so caution is key when experimenting with it. Some people prefer guided meditations, others prefer meditative music, while others prefer traditional unguided meditations, according to Life Hack. In fact, mindfulness meditation in general, whether it’s before bed or just sometime throughout your day, has shown to improve sleep quality, according to the JAMA Internal Medicine. There’s no actual official scientific research to show whether listening to 90s movies with some meditative music in the background could in fact help you sleep, and particularly sleep in a good, non-interruptive state, but the app is utilising the same principle and methods that people would use on their own accord, such as listening to other audio tracks formulated for sleep, or listening to their favourite artist and/or band.
“Our 2 million members have told us loud and clear that they’re sleepy. They are busy, ambitious, and come bedtime? They’re struggling to find rest in the midst of their anxious thoughts,” Lidey and Hirabayashi says. “We’re pumped to launch Shine Sleep Stories to help people find that precious REM more easily.”
You can get the Shine app for yourself now via the iTunes app store, and it is currently listed as a subscription-based app where prices start at $3.99 a month for the annual subscription, which is billed as one payment of $47.99, or $7.99 for the month. Unfortunately, there is currently no Android app, however there is one coming in the (very) near future.