ASMR Can Help You Sleep
By Vanessa Palencia
If you’ve tried tons of different methods, like listening to recorded beach waves or hypnosis. If you’ve tried taking tons of sleeping pills, NyQuil, and melatonin supplements,and nothing works, then you should check out ASMR. ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response and is used to help put its listeners to sleep or in a sleep-like state by giving you a static-like tingling feeling that starts from your scalp and travels all the way down to your spine. The feelings you get from ASMR are typically stimulated through audio, visuals, and/or tactiles. The feelings allow you to enter a relaxed state of happiness, comfort, or sleepiness.
When I was a student in college, I had a difficult time falling asleep because my body was stressed to the max from all of the looming deadlines that I needed to make and all of the nights I was staying up late. I searched high and low for soothing soundtracks and Youtube videos to help me relax and fall asleep, but everything I found wasn’t working for me. After some ridiculous amount of research and hours of searching, I miraculously stumbled on a Youtube channel called GentleWhispering by Maria (she’s still my favorite ASMR artist til this day). I was captivated by the gentle voice (fitting with the name) and the mesmerizing hand motions she used. There are plenty of other ASMR artists (click here to see a list) that you can check out as well.
Headphones and a quiet place are recommended to get the best ASMR experience. Most ASMR videos highlight audio and visual stimulation through the microphone (breathing into each earpiece) and through the captivating, gentle movements of the props on-hand.
While there’s not a lot of physiological evidence about the science of ASMR, there have been a lot of users who have reported to ASMR University that the videos have helped them with “insomnia, anxiety, panic disorders, and/or depression.” Due to the lack of evidence and research, ASMR University is dedicated to researching and inspiring others to research more about the science and art of ASMR.
Regardless, you should still check out ASMR and see if it’s the answer you’ve been looking for. Just remember, use headphones, dim the lights, lock yourself away, and open up your mind to this whole new world.