Butterflies, babbling streams, a cup of hot milk before bed.
Imagine all the calm, soothing things in the world — and you’ve imagined everything Media doesn’t. “Pull!” is the first word many of us give to anxious people.
And, of course, TV news. Murder, chaos, political madness, the Ukrainian war and domestic mass shootings. We roll an endless parade of terror on our personal devices. Then there’s the “entertainment” media — all kinds of stimuli, many of which involve violence.
This makes sense. The first commandment of the media – any media – is to keep your attention. Hence: bump and bump. The last thing an advertiser wants to do is put you to sleep.
That – anyway – is what we think.
Amid all the jittery editorials about how TV and social media are making us more fearful, a small U.S. survey has become an outlier about the mental state brought on by a TV binge known as “Meaning World Syndrome.” .
According to a study by the FandomSpot.com platform, some TV shows actually Do Help you get a good night’s sleep.
Also, these shows aren’t necessarily what you expect.
“If you’re going to think about the best sleep shows, you’re going to think of more light-hearted shows, like the ones you might see on National Geographic, or easy-to-watch shows like Friends and The Office,” FandomSpot said. com editor Alyssa Celatti. “I think I’ve been proven wrong.”
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The study involved 50 volunteers who watched 20 Netflix shows before going to bed — every night was different — and then hooked up to an EEG (electroencephalography) machine to record their sleep quality. Afterwards, the participants also answered a questionnaire.
So the three shows that are best for a good night’s sleep are — drums, please — “Sex Education,” “Ozarks,” and “The Crown.” in that order.
Celati was as surprised as anyone. “I didn’t expect to see shows like ‘Ozark’ and ‘Daredevil’ on the list,” she said (“Daredevil” was No. 4).
Common sense suggests that shows full of action and violence leave viewers distracted and overstimulated. Not necessarily, she said.
“When it comes to TV shows, everything is subjective,” Celatti said, “like classical music that is relaxing for some but stimulating for others, or heavy metal that is calming for some, and For others it’s a stress, it’s a more typical act of violence that can be relaxing for one and the exact opposite for another.”
keep Calm and carry on
“The Crown”, of course.Some will find the British royal family in any Happening.
Even those who love the show — counting us — may find some solace in the madness of a changing world, in the continuity of an institution that’s been around for a thousand years. At seven in the morning, God is in his heaven – whether it’s 1936, 1973 or 1992, royals are humiliated by some rebellious prince or princess who makes headlines in the tabloids. Sleep well – all is well in this world!
“A calm British accent can put me to sleep any day,” says Celatti.
“Sex education”? It’s a bit counterintuitive.
After all, sex is – you would think – an exciting topic. This British comedy about a high school student who calls himself a sex therapist for his classmates has enough eccentricities to keep anyone on their toes.
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“Sex Education” raises avant-garde modern topics such as gender identity and sexual freedom. Children with smartphones. But it also has a nostalgic undertone.
The high school depicted in Sex Education doesn’t look like a British secondary school, or even a contemporary American high school.
It looks like all the schools in all the 1980s John Hughes movies, as well as movies like “Fast Times at Richmont High.” The soundtrack features reassuring retro tunes: Flock of Seagulls, Parliament, Jackie Wilson.
Even though the show challenges sexual norms and asks viewers to open up, it reassures us that we’re in a familiar place, we’ve been here before, and there’s nothing to fear. Good dream!
“I think ‘sex education’ probably tops the list because it’s been a pretty quiet show overall,” Celatti said. “Yes, there are better parts of the plot, but without any huge action scenes or massive bump explosions or car chases.”
But “Ozark”? Really?
The recently concluded show is a well-deserved successor to Breaking Bad. Here we have yet another crime drama with another unlikely master of crime – a wily accountant (Jason Bateman) who moves to the Ozarks with his family to help Money laundering by Mexican drug cartels.
There is a lot of violence in this show. When there is no violence, there is the threat of violence. How can a situation so tense with all the characters make the audience so relaxed?
Some of it may have something to do with Bateman’s main character, Marty Bird.
He is an oasis of calm. Or, if not, he’s at least very focused. As each new crisis develops, he doesn’t panic, and he doesn’t lose it. He just started thinking frantically about how to get out of this mess.
He always does. And always, for every crisis he solves, two new crises develop from that solution. And just like that, the hole got deeper and deeper. The plot, over four seasons, has hellish logic that’s part of the show’s appeal.
But that could be another reason for the hypnotic qualities of “Ozark.” It’s a maze in which viewers can get lost — and maybe nod.
“I was surprised that such a high-intensity show was on the list,” Celatti said. “But if you think about it, it’s probably not that surprising. I know when I work hard, I get tired, so it’s not too crazy to think that intense episodes lead to a good night’s sleep.”
What if many twists and turns involve killing and destruction? Thinking about fictional violence may be more soothing than thinking about riots in Washington or the latest grim news about climate change.
After all, the mind must think something When it dragged to Slumberland. Giving it a distracting novel to chew on probably isn’t the worst idea.
In any event — if the new study is to be believed — the media’s influence may be more complex than some of its critics insist.
“I would say that television has had a bit of a bad reputation in recent years,” Serrati said. “Just because a show contains violence doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad for you. Many people like a good fictional story before going to bed.”
The Best TV Shows to Help You Sleep
Here are the top 10 best shows for a good night’s sleep, according to FandomSpot.com:
1. “Sex Education”
3. “The Crown”
5. “Black Mirror”
6. “Cobra Kai”
8. “Peak Eye Mask”
9. “Stranger Things”
10. “Arrested Development”
Jim Beckerman is the entertainment and culture reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to his insightful reports on how you spend your leisure time, subscribe or activate your digital account today.