For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved certain sounds. Certain relaxing sounds. At school, the chalk hitting the chalkboard as the teacher was writing. The sound of someone turning a page in a book. The hair-stylist at the salon spraying product on my hair or cutting it. At the barn after all the horses have been fed and all is calm, the sound of them munching on their hay in their stalls. Them swishing their tails at the flies. The list could go on. I’ve always been sensitive to these sounds.
I honestly didn’t pick up on it until a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize that it was an actual thing and not everyone experiences that relaxing feeling or those tingles that run up the back of your head. One day when I was sat in the waiting room, waiting for my son to finish his Speech Therapy session, there was a lady in there reading a book. The room was silent, and all I could hear was her whispering the words to herself and her running her hand down the page as she read. I almost fell asleep. It was such a lovely sound. I thought back to other times where I’ve just felt so relaxed and tingly over random sounds and I decided to do some research on Google. The first thing I read was:
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
A feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound.”ASMR is triggered by things like whispering voices, paper tearing, and scalp massage”
People may enjoy ASMR videos and find them to be extremely relaxing but not get the tingle sensation. That’s normal. We all have different triggers anyway. I searched ‘Whispering when reading’ and was then presented with a YouTube video of a woman whispering while reading a newspaper article about ASMR. The crinkling of the newspaper along with her whispering and pointing to the words as she read just about knocked me out. That confirmed it for me. I am weird haha. I’m sat watching a woman whisper to me. What on earth? It was no nice though and I sat the whole video. By the end, I was almost asleep. Here’s the link to her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Y2xcVynQI&t=414s
Her YouTube account name is Gentle Whispering ASMR.
Like you do on YouTube, you get carried away with other videos. You click on one, it leads to the next and then you keep going from there until you’re spiraling out of control and you look at the time and realize you’ve just wasted 5 hours of your day. I became obsessed with watching these videos. I got familiar with a lot of the ASMRtists and I quickly got my favourites. It took me a little bit but I got into the roleplay videos and now I’m stuck on them. At first, I thought there was something wrong with me. I’m enjoying someone pretending to give me a haircut on YouTube and it’s making me all tingly and sleepy. Who does that? But once you understand why you like them, you don’t feel so weird. I really enjoy the sound of latex gloves being put on, the sound of a measuring tape being used, someone writing with a pen, someone talking very quietly, water being sprayed and I also like the sound of someone typing on a keyboard. Again, the list could go on.
As I’m writing this, my son is behind me opening a packet of something from the kitchen and I turned around to check if he was making the rustling sounds on purpose but he wasn’t haha. My kids think it’s funny. My six-year-old doesn’t really get it but my eight-year-old mocks me all the time.
ASMR & Anxiety
I think ASMR is good for people who suffer from Anxiety. I read that it’s helped people before. I used to have it pretty bad. But I noticed as I kept watching these videos, I wasn’t so tense and on edge about things or if I was, I could just pop a video on and I’d instantly forget what I was stressing about. They take your mind off everything. Over time, I noticed I wasn’t as full of anxiety as I used to be, and I just figured it was because of the ASMR videos. I could be wrong but I don’t think I am. The videos also helped me fall asleep quicker at night and I liked that. If you struggle to fall asleep right away at night, then definitely check out some ASMR videos. You’ll be out like a light.
I don’t have to watch them now but I really enjoy them so I do. I like going to bed and not thinking about anything before I fall asleep. I watch ASMR videos at bedtime every single night and have been doing for a while. In fact, the only time I haven’t is when my boyfriend was staying at my house. I didn’t want him to think I was weird (Although he already knows I am haha). It turns out that he likes them too, so YAY!
For anyone who may not understand ASMR, it’s not really that weird. In fact, ASMR videos are really popular right now so if you find you enjoy them, you’re not alone. It’s quite normal. If you ask around, I’m sure at least one of your friends has heard of it and enjoys watching the videos. If you’re thinking about trying them out, I’d start off at the shallow end. Go for something basic. Don’t just jump right into roleplays. They freaked me out at first so they may scare you off too. This is a good account to start off with. I don’t think this guy does any roleplay videos and from what I’ve seen, he puts a lot of effort into creating sounds that people like. ASMR Zeitgeist – Make sure you pop your headphones on. I prefer a story-line. I like personal attention videos but if you just want to listen to some cool noises to send you off to sleep then this is a great place to start.
Here are some of my favourite ASMRtists
My absolute favourite is Bethany Midwest ASMR – She does the best videos. I love her face measuring ones. She’s also got a bit of an attitude, which makes me laugh, but I can never get through any of her videos in one sitting. They put me to sleep within the first ten minutes. I find her voice to be superrrrr relaxing.
Thank you for reading 🙂