What Is ASMR and How Can It Help Sleep and Anxiety?



Autonomous sensory meridian response, or as the experts call it ASMR is an enjoyable physiological sensation that calms your mind down by listening to specific sounds.

Doctors and psychologists often recommend ASMR to patients suffering from anxiety or insomnia.

The intensely relaxing and pleasurable tingling concentrating primarily in the neck and head allows you to feel relaxed.

The audio-visual stimuli trigger the ASMR response, calming the nerves of the patient during an anxiety attack.


Understanding ASMR

Crisp sounds and eye-pleasing habits tend to become ASMR signals for patients.

Simple things like the crinkling of plastic, scratching of nails, or even crumbling of papers are very effective sounds that are considered popular for ASMR stimulus.

However, one ASMR trigger that works very well most of the time is whispering into the ears (GentlyWhispering is one of our favourite YouTube Channels here at Sleep Wellbeing).

Apart from the sounds, regular habits like brushing hair, turning the pages of a magazine or a book, or eating can also trigger ASMR responses in some people.


How does ASMR work?

ASMR is a funny experience.

Scientists believe that this non-clinical approach can work wonders for patients with severe anxiety problems. The objective of this treatment is to calm the patient’s mind.

Whether you are anxious at work or not getting enough sleep at night, once this sensory phenomenon starts to tingle in your brain, you will soon calm down.

ASMR is both an emotional and physical experience.

The sensation starts with a funny tingling in your scalp. It spread quickly to the other parts of your head and finally to your neck, and sometimes even to your arms and legs.

It is almost as if a baby is tickling your head and neck with their small fingers.

In addition to these physical sensations, there are very powerful pleasurable feelings too that accompany in ASMR, resulting in a rush of calming and relaxing mood.

However, the pleasure is entirely non-sexual. So don’t think that you will get similar pleasure as you usually get while watching porn or having sex. Having said that, once the physical and emotional feelings connect, you go into a stage of deep comfort and well-being.

People claim that ASMR videos help them reach a state of mental peace. The soft rumbling on the mike, whispering into the microphone, or even tapping on a glass bottle makes sounds that hit the crown of the head.

Doctors say that patients with migraines also feel comfortable when they listen to these sounds. They believe that it is the consciousness of the patient and the urge to relax combines to induce their brain to react to the sounds.

However, you need to immerse your mind without any sign of reluctance or stress when you are listening to the sounds or watching the videos.

ASMR is not a part of active relaxation. Instead, it follows the path of passive relaxation that tends to work better on anxiety patients or the ones who don’t want to have a handful of medicine all the time.

This stress-relieving approach is one for the future as scientists are still on the lookout for more ways to improve ASMR so that patients don’t have to resort to medication to treat insomnia and anxiety.


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