ASMR: the antidote for restless nights

ASMR: the antidote for restless nights

Written by Sheli Nuñez

You’ve probably scrolled down your preferred social media platform and stumbled upon these videos. People making noises that somehow are soothing to hear. Apparently, these sounds have been useful for many people. It helps reduce anxiety, stress and even helps you sleep. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is now considered therapeutic which means that if you haven’t tried it, it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon.

ASMR sounds work because it can trigger or stimulate tingling sensations in many people. Although not everyone experiences this, but that doesn’t stop the rest of us from enjoying its soothing nature. Some people say that they feel a tingling sensation beginning from the scalp that travels all the way down their backs. This is when the calming relaxation occurs and eventually leads many to fall asleep. Of all the methods and techniques for inducing sleep, this has to be the most simple and natural way to do it so it’s no wonder why so many people find it appealing.

The phenomenon is still on ongoing research but its popularity suggests that it can be tried by anyone. All you have to do is find a sound or video with repetitive and rhythmic noises. This can be soft spoken voices or whispers, tapping, crinkling, brushing, scratching, etc. Anything that’s gentle should suffice. It’s important to note that not everyone will respond the same way, keep searching until you find the sound that works for you. There’s a wide range of playlists on platforms like Apple Music and Spotify to make this journey easier.

Probably the most beneficial trend you’ll find on social media. Even if you don’t have trouble sleeping or suffer from constant stress, you shouldn’t hesitate to give it a try.