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This Trippy Video Shows Exactly What It Feels Like To Rely On Sleeping Pills

02/25/2014 07:23 am ET | Updated Feb 25, 2014

More Americans have trouble sleeping every year. For visual artist Emanuele Kabu, a string of sleepless nights led him to pop a strong brand of melatonin -- the natural sleep aid du jour -- called Moon. The drug didn't exactly solve Kabu's problem, but the limbo state it plunged him into did inspire him to try to animate his condition. The resulting video, titled It's Called 'Moon,' has been making the rounds online. Presumably it strikes a nerve with all those insomniacs out there:

Those spidery lines are meant to represent the phenomenon known as pressure phosphenes (the effect that happens when you press your closed eye and see patterns). At the very least, it's an appropriate visual to remember the next time you can't fall asleep.

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