I’ve been streaming games on twitch lately, which is an online platform for people to live stream games they play and interact with an audience.
Now while on stream I was watching another female streamer, there were over 2,000 people tuned into her, but she wasn’t gaming… in fact I found her to be doing something I had never seen before.
The title of her stream was 'ASMR Live all night.'
I was like wtf is ASMR?
She was whispering into a 2 ended microphone and making strange noises. I was like why are all these people watching her do this? And got bored n logged out.
The next day she was doing the same thing, and I found out she does this regularly, this time I spun out because I got a tingle down my spine as she whispered in the mic.
So I decided to google ASMR because this chill freaked me right out…
Turns out “Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a term used for an experience characterised 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. ASMR signifies the subjective experience of "low-grade euphoria" characterised by "a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin".
So naturally I researched it a little more, and I found that this is actually a thing! People listen to this stuff all night because it helps them sleep?!
ASMR is best experienced with good quality headphones. At first I thought it was totally weird but now I think it’s pretty cool.
Maria, one of the most popular Youtube ASMR Artists has clocked up over 229 Million Views on her videos, which says to me this is becoming insanely popular.
This is one of my faves!
“ Why Do You Need To Experience ASMR?
Experiencing ASMR is not just to satisfy curiosity as most people believe. Experiencing this sensational feeling has a number of health benefits that we all should strive to meet.
First, relaxing is the biggest advantage of this feeling. When you are relaxed, a lot of things in your body and your life fall into place.
These benefits include reducing stress level, improved blood flow, improved digestion, improving mood and a key mechanism of weight loss.
Relaxation is also important for meditation (with has numerous health benefits), and this has caused most people to adopt ASMR in their meditation practice.
ASMR is known to improve sleep since most of the triggers listed above are known to induce sleep. The importance of sleep in your body can not be over-emphasized, particularly in this fast- paced world where everything seems to move twice as fast as it should.
ASMR is especially beneficial to individuals suffering from insomnia as they can watch videos that cause them to relax and fall asleep.”
Good luck finding your trigger!