Do you often toss and turn for hours before you finally fall asleep? ASMR videos are soothing movies, where people quietly whisper into the camera. It helps millions of Internet users fall asleep more easily.
A soft voice softly whispers into the camera while the phone is softly tapped with long nails. Later, a sandwich bag is taken, which is tampered with. Next, a pencil gently scratches a piece of paper. It may sound crazy, but watching and hearing this video helps thousands of people relax.
ASMR: Tingling and relaxation
This phenomenon is called Autonomous sensory meridian response It was discovered by people on internet forums around 2010. Since then, a number of scientific studies have been conducted. People with ASMR feel tingling when hearing certain sounds (whispers or clicking, for example) or seeing some quiet hand movements. According to them, the feeling is comparable to the pleasant feeling you can have when you gently touch, because someone tickles your back or plays with your hair, for example.
Anyone watching an ASMR video for the first time may be surprised. It seems a little strange at first. Moreover, videos do not work for everyone. However, there are millions of people around the world who are taking advantage of whisper videos. The films help them relax, feel the gentle tingling and slowly enter a calmer state. For some, the videos work so well that they help them sleep better, reduce stress, and reduce anxiety.
A different worker’s mind
How might ASMR work for some and not others? Scientist Stephen Smith of the University of Winnipeg conducted research on ASMR and discovered that the ASMR brain may function differently than the “intermediate” brain. He took two groups of people and put them in an MRI machine. For example, he discovered that when the average person is relaxed, different regions of the brain are active at the same time, as a kind of network. This works differently in the ASMR brain. During complete relaxation, areas of the brain also become active where vision, sensory information, and movement are regulated.
Back to that time
Craig Richard of Shenandoah University has also conducted research on ASMR. It is believed that people who are sensitive to ASMR are more likely to relate to the past. All ASMR videos are intended for the personal interest of the viewer. Whispering is done in an affectionate and loving manner, as parents do to their child. According to Richard, people may feel comfortable watching an ASMR video because it has since brought them back into a calm pattern.
The exact situation is currently under full investigation. Until then, the fact remains that millions of Internet users feel the help of videos. Many people put such a video before bed. For them, it’s an accessible and inexpensive way to end the day and slowly drift off to sleep. To some extent you can do the mindfulness exercise, but a little differently. Test for yourself whether you are sensitive to this phenomenon? One of the most popular channels on YouTube is @gentlewhispering. It’s possible that you will first have to go over the bottom line, but if it works for you, why not?
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