The films to watch when you really cannot sleep

There are so many techniques out there to try and help us fall asleep, but what works for some doesn’t necessarily work for others. Counting sheep, listening to beta waves, meditation… the list goes on. One thing that is a tried and tested technique that works for many people is falling asleep while watching a film. But not all films are ideal. The right movie needs to be familiar, have no flashy light changes, no extreme sound changes, and an easygoing storyline. Today we are taking a look at the best films to watch when you really cannot sleep.

The Devil Wears Prada

This deliciously crafted storyline of a clueless intern entering the world of high fashion is simply a golden one. Starring Miranda Priestly and Anne Hathaway, their onscreen chemistry is superb. This film has no action and flashy scenes with massive CGI effects, which makes it a great companion for the bedtime routine.

The films to watch when you really cannot sleep


There’s just something about the monotony of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s interactions in this film that can send us straight off to sleep. Both characters seem virtually lifeless, making their monotone way of speaking quite soothing. There is also a really great and familiar soundtrack to this movie. The action scenes are not too loud and mostly occur towards the end of the film, when we are already asleep anyway.


This is an ideal film to snooze off to. It’s one of those great films that can be watched over and over again. There’s nothing to be missed because we already know what happens. There’s no flashy photography, no loud explosions, and nothing really exciting happens in this film at all. We watch Cher transform from a Beverly Hills brat into a mature woman who ends up with Paul Rudd’s character in the end.

Last Holiday

Comedy films leave us with a great warm and fuzzy feeling. Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah is one of those films. Drift off to la-la land with a smile, compliments of this super film. A woman takes a lavish vacation after finding out that she only has a few months to live. Her journey is one that generates smiles and a few good laughs.


While many adults are probably thinking, “but I don’t watch animated movies, I’m not a kid” think again because this film was never actually made for children. Woody Allen has one of those voices that just puts people to sleep. The animation is great, the storyline is superb, and it’s a good old familiar one. Spend an evening with Z as he fights the bureaucracy and brings about a revolution in his colony.

Fool’s Gold

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are a dynamite onscreen combination. The stunning beach and under-water scenes are surprisingly soothing and the storyline is exceptionally easy to follow. Within ten minutes, watching with just one eye is to be expected.

The films to watch when you really cannot sleep

Movies to help us fall asleep are a fantastic idea. Sometimes our bodies are tired but our brains just don’t know how to switch off. Setting an auto turn off time limit on the TV is a good idea. About 45 minutes should be long enough to ensure that a solid state of sleep has been achieved. Happy watching and sweet dreams.