If you have been active on social media platforms, you wouldn’t have missed the wave of audio-visual clips that claim to cure people of insomnia. Meant to cause a “head orgasm”, these videos trigger a reaction – called the ASMR – in your body that is believed to include sleep.
When you suffer from insomnia, you never feel adequately rested. The lack of rest then has a negative impact on your health and everyday life. Experts say that insomnia is a symptom of stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, current medications, or a change in work or living environment. The first step in alleviating any sleep disorder, including insomnia, is to adopt healthy sleep habits, such as creating a sleep schedule and avoiding naps. However, sometimes these lifestyle changes do not work, and that is where ASMR comes into the equation.
The Science Behind ASMR
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, also called ASMR, is a sensation characterized
Not limited to the sense of hearing, ASMR is said to be a response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory or cognitive stimuli. In fact, several people stand testimony to the positive effect of ASMR on insomnia, anxiety, and even panic attacks.2
Verbal And Non-Verbal ASMR Triggers
ASMR yields temporary improvements in the symptoms of depression and chronic pain. ASMR-tists create videos, often using stereo and binaural sound technologies to
Videos or audio clips where the speaker gently whispers, smacks their lips, or softly speaks into the microphone while doing another activity like brushing their hair act as verbal triggers for ASMR. Another type of verbal trigger is a role-playing video where the speaker acts like he cares for the listener and addresses the listener in an intimate manner (in a non-sexual way.) Additionally, the repetition of certain trigger words is meant to soothe the listener and induce ASMR.
Non-verbal triggers for ASMR include gentle noises like the rustling of leaves, scratching, brushing, and the sound of soft taps. Anything that does not involve actual speech is considered to be a non-verbal trigger.
How Auditory Stimulation Works
For auditory stimulation, ASMR
Future Directions For Research
While ASMR appears to be a genuine perceptual experience, the exact nature of the phenomenon is still unknown. There is the possibility that the tingles associated with ASMR result from a minor seizure brought on by appropriate stimuli. To understand ASMR and its effect on the brain in a better manner, research could be performed by using non-invasive brain stimulation to modulate brain activity during ASMR.
In recent years, there has been growing interest in a previously unknown sensory phenomenon named Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) by those capable of experiencing it. ASMR is beneficial for providing temporary relief to individuals with