Netflix’s latest True Crime series The Watcher broke Dahmer’s record by grabbing 125 Million+ viewed hours in the first five days of its premiere. Given how intense and close to home the series is viewers are creeped out and afraid at the same time. So much so, that there has been a significant increase in internet searches for insomnia cures and treatments. What is so spine-chilling about The Watcher? Keep reading for the details!
Netflix The Watcher Trails The Real Story Of The Brannocks
The Ryan Murphy series premiered on October 13, 2022, on the streaming platform and is based on a true story. As per CBR.com, the limited series trails the real-life story of the Brannock family that settles into a new neighborhood in their dream house. However, things take a creepy turn after they start receiving threatening letters from a mysterious stalker, The Watcher.
Starring Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale, the series’ creepiness come from the fact that everyone in the neighborhood seemed to be the potential stalker. And, yet, the culprit was never caught.
Internet Searches For Insomnia Cures Have Surged By 567%
UK’s popular online mattress and bed retailer, Happy Beds partnered with sleep psychologist Dr. Katherine Hall. They conducted research on the effect the series had on viewers. As per the research conducted at the Somnus Therapy program, several viewers reportedly had difficulty sleeping and even had sleep anxiety. The research also confirmed that internet searches for insomnia cures have escalated by 567% since the series premiered on Netflix.
Regarding the scary side effect of such movies and series, Hall commented, “Nightmares are predominantly caused by stress and horror films are designed specifically to heighten emotions. They use psychological tricks to create illusions of suspense and danger which cause stress and anxiety. We then bring this stress to bed with us making our brains unable to relax and switch off.”
“Those dealing with anxiety and trauma may feel that these fears are intensified, but that is just the body’s fight or flight response being triggered. Try leaning into those feelings, as feel-good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin are also released as a response which can boost your mood after the nerves have settled,” she explained.
Dr. Katherine Hall Provides Expert Tips For Insomnia
The psychologist also gave some solutions for sleep anxiety. As per Dr. Hall, there is a reliable way to tackle sleep anxiety induced. Viewers that watch scary series and movies can include some light-hearted options in the watch list as well. This helps viewers decompress and fall asleep easily. Additionally, activities such as talking to friends on a different subject are ideal. Viewers should also avoid sugar or caffeine intake, and creating a bedtime routine also helps.
Have you had a chance to watch Netflix’s The Watcher series? Share your thoughts in the comments!