You may have heard someone talking about ASMR, or seen it mentioned in an article. It’s a relatively new concept, but it’s quickly gaining popularity. So what is ASMR? And does ASMR help you sleep?

What is ASMR?

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. The term refers to a feeling of euphoria, tingling and relaxation that is triggered by hearing a certain sound or watching a video.

The experience is slightly different for everyone. Many report a tingling sensation that starts on their scalp and works its way down through the body.

Triggers for the experience also vary. Some people find soft, ambient sounds like tapping, scraping, etc. to work well, while others find soft voices to be more effective.

And for some, ASMR simply doesn’t do anything!

Many people use ASMR videos, podcasts and audio tracks to help achieve relaxation. An example of a good ASMR video is found below:

As you can see, if you’ve never seen an ASMR video before, it might seem a little… odd. But give it a shot – you may be surprised at how it makes you feel!

 

What is the Science of ASMR?

Honestly, the scientific community has next to no idea what causes the sensations associated with ASMR. Scientific research has been limited, although it is ramping up in recent years. The concept of ASMR itself is relatively new, so the phenomenon simply hasn’t been studied much.

There are some theories, however. Some speculate it may have something to do with childhood. Many ASMR videos feature someone – usually a soft-spoken woman – “taking care” of you through the video. Some experts believe this may trigger a response that reminds us of our childhood and the loving care of our mothers.

It’s a brand new field of science, but as the popularity of ASMR grows, it’s likely that the scientific community will begin to pay more attention to the strange phenomenon.

 

Does ASMR Help You Sleep?

A lot of people use ASMR to help promote relaxation and get to sleep quicker.

At SleepZoo, we’re all about improving our readers’ sleep. There are a huge number of things you can try to sleep better at night, and checking out ASMR is one of them.

ASMR can help to promote a feeling of relaxation and relief, which can create an ideal environment to drift off to sleep. ASMR sleep videos are often 30+ minutes long, giving you time to play them in the background as you drift off to sleep.

It’s important to note that sleep ASMR practices simply don’t work for everyone – but it’s certainly worth trying. There are also a lot of different styles of ASMR that you can check out – some may work better for you than others. You can find a variety of different ASMR sleep videos here.

Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows is a freelance writer, CPAP user, and self-proclaimed sleep enthusiast from the Seattle area. When he's not writing or researching about sleep science, you can find him snowboarding, cooking or traveling the world. Contact him at [email protected]

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