Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is the topic of a recent BuzzFeed Netflix series Follow This. It’s a phenomenon born of the internet that has been rapidly picking up pace around the world over the last few years.
What Is ASMR?
Online ASMR occurs when you pop on your headphones and listen to the tapping, scratching or whispering of one of the many ASMR YouTube artists. It manifests as a tingling sensation that many refer to as euphoria. It most often starts at the scalp and works its way down your body. For some listening is all that is needed to trigger a response while others enjoy both the auditory and visuals of the video.
Why Should I Try ASMR?
It’s not for everyone, but at least listen to a few different ASMR artists and a few different types of videos before you make your decision. For example, I really enjoy tapping and some of the roleplays—but the whisper videos don’t have the same effect. Why you should try is because if it works for you (and not all videos will) then you will enjoy a deep sense of relaxation. Watching a video can shift your mood, help you relax at bedtime, and help with stress, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and more.
While YouTube videos are one of the most easily accessible range of triggers they aren’t your only option. Also consider listening to binary beats, gongs, chimes, or chanting, having your hair brushed or played with, or a scalp, ear, or foot massage.