What To Watch On Netflix When You Can't Sleep, From 'Hitch' To 'Planet Earth'


Now I don’t know about you, but I always need something to watch while I lay in bed at night. I know it’s a big "no no" to have your television on while you fall asleep, but when you're like me and live alone, having the TV on when I'm trying to go to bed brings some security and comfort. And that can make it way easier for me to fall asleep. That's why its crucial for me, at least, to have a good list of things to watch on Netflix when in need of some sleep assistance.

Everything that I watch before bed has to give me potential sweet dreams, so I'm very selective about what I choose to put on. For me to get to sleep, I’ve gotta be watching something that is soothing to my spirit and probably will ignite a deep dream. It can be anything from a television series, to an animated film, to a documentary. So, here are a few things to view at night that will keep your interest up, all while simultaneously getting you into sleep. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but I promise, these 18 shows and movies will get you on the right track to sleep.

1. How I Met Your Mother

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Because learning how a relationship started is the perfect way to fall asleep.

2. That '70s Show


Let the '70s disco and colors swirl you right to sleep. Oh, and Wilmer Valderrama's smile will be something to dream about.

3. Friends


You can never go wrong with having a nap partner.

4. Chill With Bob Ross


The brush strokes. Bob Ross' voice. Mixing paint. Everything about this will slowly ease you into the realm of nine hours of sleep.

5. Frasier

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Frasier is an all-time classic. It's filled with dry humor, plus the theme song “tossed salads and scrambled eggs” is a great tune to fall asleep to.

6. The Real Husbands Of Hollywood


Honestly, Kevin Hart is the gateway to a completely hilarious dream.

7. Cooked

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Each episode of the Netflix docuseries explores the basic elements of cooking through four things — fire, water, air, and earth. You can dream about all the tasty things being created.

8. Grey's Anatomy

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McSteamy, could you tuck me in for the night?! I mean what more could you hope for as you fall asleep?

9. Gilmore Girls


Gilmore Girls and sleep. You know you love it.

10. Zootopia

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Why not have a socially conscious cartoon teach you about accepting differences as those shutters close?

11. Animaniacs

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Something about animated shows from the '90s is so soothing. They remind me of childhood and all the good sleep I got then.

12. Hitch

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Will Smith has a very soothing voice... and face. I guess that's why you can easily fall asleep to this movie playing in the background.

13. 13 Going On Thirty

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Because we're all trying to get some solid sleep so we can still look young.

14. Jump In!

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Keke Palmer and Corbin Bleu pushing it to the jump rope limit will push you right into sleep.

15. Holes


If you seen Holes already, you're prepared to watch a lot of hole digging. And if you're like me, viewing repetitive actions might actually help you fall asleep.

16. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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It's a touching story about two children's bond during the Holocaust, so grab your blanket and watch your tears turn into sleep.

17. Safe Haven


Imagine falling asleep in the arms of the one you love. Mmm, I feel some good sleep coming on.

18. Planet Earth

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There's something about nature that brings everyone to a place of peace. This BBC docuseries is soothing to watch and will lull you to sleep.

Now that you have your list, snuggle under a blanket and ride the wave to sweet dreams.