If you’ve read some of my other blog posts (this one particularly), you may have seen me mention ASMR. But what is it?
According to Wikipedia, ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is the “euphoric experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation.”
Basically, ASMR is a series of sounds that trigger tingles on the listener. Everyone has different triggers and the triggers can come from a wide range of things such as whispering, tapping an object or crinkling sounds.
I use ASMR to help me fall asleep when I’m struggling to do it naturally. Often, at night, I can be kept awake by anxious thoughts that I struggle to control and listening to ASMR videos on YouTube help to distract me. When I started watching ASMR I wasn’t really sure what it was and even when the videos didn’t trigger tingles I still liked to listen to them as they were relaxing. After researching ASMR a little more I decided I wanted to find out what triggered tingles in me so I used these two videos: one from ASMR Requests and another from Olivia’s Kissper ASMR. I found that my main triggers are softly spoken whispering and the sounds false nails make.
There are certain ASMR channels with videos I can watch over and over again and still experience the same tingles, for example, these two videos from DreamingASMR: one about false nails and another about a role play cranial exam and this sleep clinic role play video from The UK ASMR. Another video I use to fall asleep to is The Hero’s Journey as told by Roosterteeth’s Miles Luna. Olivia’s Kissper ASMR’s channel has so many videos with so much choice so I always go to this channel to find a video!
If you’re interested in getting into ASMR or trying out for the first time, I recommend doing a trigger test to find your triggers and searching YouTube based on these triggers. If you just want to go for it, give the ones I linked above a try!
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