ASMR also known as autonomous sensory meridian response. I know you are probably thinking what the what, I had a similar reaction the first time I heard the term, but believe me it is actually really cool. ASMR refers to the tingling feeling that starts on one’s scalp and continues down the neck and back. It has often been described as a pleasant euphoric like feeling, and is normally caused by either an auditory or visual stimuli.
I first discovered ASMR on Youtube when I stumbled upon a video of a woman doing her makeup in a whispered soft voice. I guess I had never really noticed or thought about any tingly like feelings I may have experienced before, but after watching the video and being taught about ASMR it began to make more sense. One of the videos I saw talked about how many people use ASMR to help them sleep because it can put you in a more relaxed and pleasant mood thus making it easier to fall asleep.
After learning about its benefits on sleep and helping those with insomnia I began listening to and watching ASMR videos at night before trying to fall asleep, and have been pleasantly surprised at how much they seem to help. I find that they help to calm my racing mind at night which helps me to be able to drift off to sleep. Have any of you ever experienced something like this? I don’t know how common it is, but there seem to be a lot of people only discussing it. If you are interested there is a ton of research on ASMR online, and some really great Youtubers making ASMR themes videos. I tend to like the softly spoken or whispering videos over others, but there are numerous types of videos online you could check out. Some of my favorites that I have found are WhispersRed ASMR, Tena ASMR, The Lune INNATE, and Relax Sleep ASMR. If you have ever experienced ASMR or are interested in checking it out let me know, I would love to hear from you.