YouTube Originals is unveiling the latest series to join its growing slate of pandemic-appointed programming.
Dubbed Sleeping With Friends, the reality competition show will drop for free on May 20 to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month. Hosted by Vanessa Hill of self-improvement and psychology channel BrainCraft, and airing on the BrainCraft YouTube channe, the three-part special will see top EduTubers going head-to-head to see who can improve their sleep the most using new techniques and products. Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been observed in the U.S. since 1949, arrives during a particularly opportune moment, when coronavirus-associated anxieties are at an all-time high.
Contestants include Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of ASAPScience, psychology analyst Donna Yatz of PsychIRL, and Melissa Maribel, whose channel is focused on high school and college chemistry. YouTuber-therapist Kati Morton (pictured above), mental health creator Dr. Ali Mattu, and science-focused YouTuber Trace Dominguez will serve as judges.
In addition to a previously-announced slate of programming that’s being produced and intended to be consumed in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic, YouTube is readying other content for Mental Health Awareness Month, including well-being and mindfulness playlists on the YouTube Spotlight channel from creators like Morton and Jay Shetty.
You can check out the trailer for Sleeping With Friends — which is being produced by 96 Next, the studio founded by digital luminary Bernie Su — right here: