If you’re like me and often fall into the YouTube void, you’ve probably seen videos with the acronym ASMR in the title.
You may have clicked on it and have been very confused as to why these people are whispering and pretending to do your hair or give a medical exam. You may wonder what the point of these videos are and why is there a large viewership. Well I am here to explain to you what ASMR is and why it is going to change your life.
If you go on Wikipedia ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is defined as, “a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation.” You’ve probably experienced ASMR at least once in your life. You may have had someone brush or play with your hair and you got really relaxed or a weird tingling in your scalp.
That’s what ASMR is in a nutshell.
The same magical tingling you get from those tactile activities can be made with sounds and hand movements. There are many different kinds of triggers that make you feel this sensation and not everyone reacts the same way to each sound. Personally, I love the sound of crinkling paper and nails tapping on various drinkware.
The great thing about ASMR on YouTube is there are so many different creators that all do different and unique sounds so you’re bound to find something you like. I do have favorite ASMRtists so of course I will make recommendations to those of you who are new. I highly recommend Rena Sage, Indigo Stars, Heather Feather ASMR, Cosmic Tingles ASMR, and ASMRrequests.
Ultimately ASMR can be used for sleep or relaxation depending on what you need.
I personally go to bed listening to an ASMR video every night and I just pass out. I have gotten some of the most restful sleep since I started doing this about a year ago. I also will have it on in the background when I have a day to just wind down because of how soothing it is. I’m basically half comatose those days.
I highly recommend giving this relaxation tool a try, especially during finals and midterms or any other stressful time in your life. I am not a medical professional but from what I understand it can be immensely helpful in dealing with insomnia and anxiety.
So give these videos a try, it won’t hurt you at all and you might just get a good night’s sleep out of it.