Do you have trouble sleeping? Suffering from anxiety, perhaps? Or simply want to relax?

I have just the thing for you, my friend.

It’s called ASMR.

But what exactly is it, you ask?

Well, first off, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Quite a mouthful, isn’t it? A pretty complicated name for a simple yet awesome feeling.

To quote Wikipedia, here, ASMR is: “a tingly 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, precipitating relaxation. Though it is usually a tingly feeling, it is also sometimes a feeling of sleepiness. How this feels might be like walking outside on a cold night and your hair stands on end from the cold.”

I’ve only just recently discovered this “therapy” method, and have been watching many videos to explore the many different sounds that trigger these feelings. Some of which include: someone whispering or speaking softly, tapping on surfaces of various different objects, the crinkling of paper, or the sound of a fountain pen nib gliding on paper.

I highly recommend the following YouTubers, who specialise in making ASMR videos, that are guaranteed to give you the tingles: ASMR Glow, Gentle Whispering ASMR, Gibi ASMR, MassageASMR, Dr. Tingles ASMR, and JellybeanASMR.

People who make these videos generally use binaural microphones – a piece of specialised equipment to give their videos that “surround sound” effect. So, for a more immersive tingling experience, I’d strongly suggest that you wear ear/headphones.

After you’ve done that, just sit back, listen, and relax…

– Preston Carbonaro