If you’re someone who has trouble sleeping, this strangely relaxing brain sensation might be for you. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, has been a thing since around 2008. It’s known around internet communities as being a “brain orgasm,” “brain massage” or “spine tingle.”
And even though it really is just as weird as it sounds, people swear by it.
ASMR is a deeply relaxing and comforting feeling, “usually experienced through a relaxing tingling in the scalp and the back of the neck and can extend into the rest of the body,” according to the ASMR Lab. The feeling is achieved by watching various role-playing videos of people whispering and performing some sort of task.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to experience the tingling though. It’s like meditation — for some it works and for others it doesn’t, but the soft-spoken videos can help calm the anxious parts of the brain. Finding your own personal trigger could also help. Some common triggers are whispering, scratching and tapping, blowing, pages turning, concentration on a task, touching the head and Bob Ross.
Seriously, Bob Ross is considered to be a common ASMR “trigger” (and TBH, it makes sense).
ASMR is difficult to explain to people who are unfamiliar with it, so the best thing to do to familiarize yourself with this unusual phenomenon is to watch the videos. But watch at your own discretion — many people have reported not being able to sleep without the videos.
Here are some of the best ASMR videos on the internet to ensure a solid night of sleep:
1This girl’s voice.
This is one of the most popular ASMR sleep videos. Once you feel drowsy, it’s recommended to close your eyes and focus on the sounds rather than the screen.
There’s no talking in this video, just someone moving sand around in a weirdly relaxing way.
An ear massage for sleep, this video focuses on one woman’s super quiet voice (and a visual of her cat).
If anything can help you fall asleep, it’s definitely a British woman whispering words at you.
Make sure your volume is turned up for this one (we didn’t even realize speaking so softly for such an extended period of time was possible).
Twenty minutes of watching someone get her hair played with is almost as good as the real thing.
You won’t be able to understand her words, but that’s the point — to focus on relaxation and not on what she’s saying. But good luck not trying to figure out what language she’s speaking. (Is it even a language?)
Soft spoken words accompanied by trigger tapping.
Probably not as good as a real life massage, but sometimes you have to just take what you can get.
If sounds are your triggers, this video will definitely help you relax and feel all the tingly feelings. Sweet dreams.