Headspace Guide to Sleep
By Mandie Caroll,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sleek, informative visual sleep guide for teens, adults.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Episodes cover various topics related to sleep science and the positive role of mindfulness and meditation in supporting healthy sleep habits. Episodes end with a roughly eight-and-a-half minute guided meditation intended to prepare the body for sleep.
You can change your sleep habits and improve the quality of your rest. Mindfulness is a simple and affordable tool to support good sleep. You aren't alone if you have trouble sleeping well or enough; and there are lots of things you can try to improve the situation.
Positive Role Models
Eve, the narrator, has a very soothing voice and shares research-backed sleep science in a clear, concise way. She models empathy with viewers regarding sleep issues, occasionally sharing personal insights about her own sleep practices, and offers actionable strategies for improving sleep habits.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The consequences of using and overusing sleeping medications and alcohol consumption on sleep are discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Headspace Guide to Sleep is a series based on the popular Headspace meditation app. Each episode is animated in a similar style as the app using muted, calming colors and abstractly human figures and recognizable objects. Eve Lewis, a Headspace meditation teacher that app users will recognize, narrates the series. Each episode covers a theme -- sleeping myths, device use and sleep, insomnia, etc. -- and concludes with guided meditation to prepare for sleep. Given the inclusion of facts about alcohol use and sleeping pills, this show is definitely aimed at adults in need of better rest, but the content is fine for kids and could benefit older kids. Stressed out teens, those too attached to their devices at bedtime, and adult family members with sleep concerns might watch this series together and implement some of the strategies as a family.
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What's the Story?
HEADSPACE GUIDE TO SLEEP is a video series companion to the Sleep section of the Headspace meditation app. The show is narrated by Headspace's Eve Lewis, one of a handful of meditation teachers who voice many of the guided meditations on the app. Each episode explores a different topic of sleep science such as dreams, stress and sleep, and sleep rhythms and shares related strategies for better sleep. The educational content of the first part of each episode is relayed in clear and simple language, accompanied by animated illustrations of the concepts and relaxing music. Episodes end with an invitation to participate in an 8-12 minute guided meditation to prepare for sleep. Each closing meditation relates in some way to the sleep science discussed at the start of the show. Viewers will learn about the science of sleep as well as concrete strategies for improving sleep hygiene.
Is It Any Good?
This soothing series cracks the code to building habits for better, more rejuvenating sleep. The Headspace Guide to Sleep may not cover ground-breaking secrets or new sleep-saving tricks, but this series, which gathers research-backed information and proven strategies into seven, short episodes, makes tackling sleep challenges feel possible. The animations are modern and stylish, with human-ish forms and soft, curved-edged objects floating across the screen. The music entrances and Eve's voice is velvety smooth, creating a relaxed atmosphere for viewers. The meditations themselves are audio-based, though for viewers who want to keep eyes open, a simple, slowly evolving image remains on screen throughout.
Parents concerned about older teens' poor sleep habits, how stress impacts kids' sleep, or device use and rest, could use this series as a way to work on better sleep as a family, though convincing, cajoling, or bribing may be required to part teens from their preferred night-time activities. Or maybe you'll get lucky, and the mindfulness strategies introduced may spark interest in a building a meditation practice, so it's good to know about the Headspace Guide to Meditation series, too, as it makes a great companion to this sleep guide.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the various sleep challenges discussed in Headspace Guide to Sleep. Is sleep ever difficult for you? What might you do to improve your sleep? How can your family support one another in getting better sleep?
What are some things you learned about healthy sleeping had its that you didn't know? What will you do with this new knowledge?
How did you and/or your family use the guided meditations at the end of each episode? Were they effective? Why or why not? Will you continue to use mindfulness and meditation to support quality rest?
- Premiere date: April 28, 2021
- Cast: Eve Lewis
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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