ASMR: How can it help you sleep?
With more and more people suffering from insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns, a lot of research is going into discovering new ways to help us get a good night’s rest. One trend that’s growing rapidly in popularity is ASMR, so whether your lack of sleep is being caused by stress, a snoring bed-mate or something else, it could be time to see if ASMR works for you.
What is ASMR?
ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) refers to feelings of tingling that some people experience under the influence of specific images, video or audio stimuli. The feelings usually start on the scalp, then travel down the neck and spine, often creating a feeling of mild euphoria and intense relaxation.
It’s likely that ASMR has been around as long as people have, although it has only become popular in the last few years.
What triggers ASMR?
There are a variety of visuals and sounds that could trigger ASMR, some of the most common include:
Whispering and soft voices – this is the most common type of ASMR trigger and can be found all over social media. Many whispering ASMR videos are full of complements like “you are appreciated”
Scratching and tapping – this could include microphone scratching or nails tapping on a wooden table
Physical touch – while this cannot be created using video, you may experience this type of ASMR by using a special kind of scalp massager
Pages turning or paper crinkling – this is another popular ASMR trigger
Hand movements – although not as common as some other types of ASMR, you may find that a tingling sensation is triggered by relaxing, fluid hand movements. This type of ASMR is usually accompanied with whispering or soft voices
White noise – this is usually created by using a white noise sound machine
Childhood memories – Some people can experience ASMR through being reminded of happy memories they experienced as a child. This could be through a song, smell or visual
How does ASMR help people sleep?
Although the effects of ASMR can vary from person to person, it generally causes people to feel relaxed and blissful, helping them to let go of the various stresses they’ve experienced throughout the day and slowing the mind as bedtime approaches. Because of this, ASMR can encourage people to fall into deeper, more restful sleep without the thoughts or anxiety that may ordinarily have interrupted their sleep cycle.
What are your favourite sounds?
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