What is ASMR?
“Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a euphoric experience characterized 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.”
In simple terms, ASMR is when you get tingles in your scalp and back, it could be from a head massage or listening to certain songs or any other ‘triggers’.
Why do people listen to ASMR?
Some people like to listen to ASMR because they are trying to trigger tingles, but lots of people are focused more on relaxation than having an ASMR response. ASMR videos tend to feature soft speaking, positive themes and smiley people. These videos can be a really helpful relaxation method for those who have insomnia, anxiety, or panic attacks.
As someone who personally has issues with anxiety and OCD, I listen to ASMR when I’m feeling stressed or restless, especially whilst trying to fall asleep, in order to focus on the sounds and words in the video instead of focusing on worries.
Some ASMR videos to try
Bob Ross’ art tutorial show: The Joy Of Painting, has become a huge phenomenon, with hundreds of thousands of people watching the show on youtube and twitch. His incredibly calm manner and positive outlook makes for great relaxation (also his art is beautiful).
One of my go-to videos when I’m struggling to fall asleep is this one from PenguinASMR. His voice is so calming and it’s such a lovely story by Beatrix Potter.
SpringbokASMR produces some of the most lovely, friendly ASMR videos (and they occasionally feature her cats so what’s not to love).
So there’s a little ramble about ASMR, I hope it helps any of you looking to relax or fall asleep, especially during this high stress time of exam season. Drink lots of water, get enough sleep, give someone a hug. Take care of yourself x