Have you ever heard a voice or even a particular noise that almost instantly lulls you into relaxation? If so, you may be interested in autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR). I discovered it some years ago and it’s effect is amazing.
The ASMR crave really took off when people discovered videos on Youtube in which the “host” whispers or makes intriguing noises such as by crinkling paper, tapping fingers, or opening a package. It may sound strange, but its not, because the combination of whispering voice and appealing noises has a noticeable calming effect.
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia and may overlap with frisson.
ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control. – Wikipedia
At the time I first discovered ASMR, it made me think back to when I was younger and how a neighbor’s voice used to almost immediately relax me — his manner of speaking and tone of his voice was calming and looking back, its no wonder he was the “official storyteller” of our neighborhood.
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) has been steadily growing in popularity thanks to Youtube and I’ve now saved a few ASMR channels to my favorites — these ASMR practitioners are the ones which I find use the tones/whispers and noises that I respond well too. When I can’t sleep, I go to their channel, close my eyes and listen…I usually fall asleep within minutes of doing so.
Whether its videos of “ASMR’ers” whispering, scratching, crinkling, folding or opening, the key is to find the ones that you respond best to. I’ve included two ASMR videos that I happen to respond well to and it is purely coincidence that both have British accents. We’re all different, so if ASMR intrigues you, use Google and Youtube to find the ones that will relax you — I think you’ll be amazed at how certain voices/tones and noises can relax the mind and body and the good thing is, its all naturally.