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There's something about '90s pop culture that's comforting. Somewhere among the iconic films, the wild fashion, the cartoons, and the music, the '90s were a special time. A simpler time. We were counting down to the new millennium, but things didn't move as fast as they do now.

The Shine app thinks this love of the '90s could help people relax. Now you can listen to in-app audio track retellings of your favorite '90s movies like She's All That, Clueless, and Love and Basketball.

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The Shine co-founders, Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi, told Bustle that the inspiration came from their love of falling asleep to films they'd seen hundreds of times.

The She's All That story in Shine begins with "body scan meditation." Body scan meditation means that you're focusing on the physical sensations of your body, which can help build greater self-awareness, according to Stanford Medicine.

The story offers positive affirmations before starting the "bedtime story," gently narrated with calming music in the background.

In addition to the bedtime stories, Shine offers other self-care tips, stress reduction techniques, daily affirmations, and more. The only downside is that the Shine app is iOS-only for now, and it costs $4 per month.

In case a price tag isn't for you, you might want to try some of the free bedtime story podcasts like Sleep With Me and Nothing Much Happens. Both of these podcasts tell a soothing grown-up version of a bedtime story.

You can find these podcasts and others like it on any podcast app, and they're free.

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  1. The Shine self-care app is adding "bedtime stories" about your favorite '90s movies to help you fall asleep.
  2. The stories include favorites like "She's All That," "Clueless," and "Love and Basketball." The story has guided meditation, positive affirmations, and a soothing narrator.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.