ASMR is something that I have only really discovered in the last few years, and it’s really helped me in lots of ways. It’s difficult to explain ASMR, and to people who haven’t heard of it it can come across and slightly.. Well.. Odd. But I’ll do my best to explain it.
It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it refers to a phenomenon is basically a feeling trigger by sound. It’s different for everyone hence it’s difficult to explain. Most people have certain ‘trigger sounds’; sounds that when they hear them makes them feel super relaxed, and some people get ‘tingles’ on their head. I don’t get these, I use ASMR for relaxation because it helps put me to sleep or become really chilled. The effects for me are comparable to doing some deep yoga relaxation, or having someone play with my hair. It makes me go Zzzzzzzz.
There are literally hundreds of ASMR artists on YouTube who make videos designed to trigger these feelings of relaxation. They use amazing microphones to make certain sounds like crinkling or tapping which sounds weird but trust me it’s soooooo relaxing. These are some of my favourites:
Whispers Red. A lovely lady from the UK who has a superrrrr relaxing voice and can literally send me to sleep in about 5 seconds. I really like her videos.
Gwen Gwiz. I have recently discovered this girl, I particularly love her makeup tutorials which she delivers in a certain way which are really hypnotising.
ASMR Angel. Amazing microphones and super relaxing sounds. She does all this present wrapping which sounds a bit mad but the crinkling paper sounds are the best.
If you ever struggle dropping off to sleep, need to wind down or just fancy watching something a bit more chilled than your average BBC drama before bed then try ASMR on YouTube! You might be like ‘Err what on earth is this, you weirdo’ but it’s actually virtually cured my insomnia. So it might be worth a shot for someone!