By: Reagan Despain

An ASMR, autonomous sensory meridian response, is a term used for a tingling sensation that begins at the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine and is often best used with headphones to reach this sensation. ASMR is often used to help people sleep or even decrease people’s anxiety, depression, and stress. There are so many different types of ASMR’s and everyone responds to each one differently.

YouTube is one of the main places to find ASMR videos. YouTubers such as ASMR Darling, GentleWhispering, PJ Dreams ASMR, Gibi ASMR, Gracev, and Fruitypoppin are some of my personal favorites. Each one of the many videos that these people post are all different and help people respond to them in different ways.

Every night before I go to bed, I like to put on an ASMR video. I honestly prefer mouth sounds, inaudible whispering, soap cutting, light tapping, and just quiet speaking. Since I have been doing this I honestly can say I do sleep tremendously better than I was before I started this new habit. I have multiple sources that can confirm that turning on an ASMR video just before they go to sleep can easily brighten their day within minutes.

Most people with insomnia like to use ASMR to help them sleep. Insomnia is the difficulty of sleeping or staying asleep. Insomnia can be caused by unhealthy sleeping habits, medical conditions, even certain substances. There are ASMR videos made specifically for insomnia. ASMR can help cure insomnia, the tingles that you receive while watching these videos can help distract you from anything that is keeping you from sleeping.

“ASMR entertains me and calms me. Its honestly like a stress reliever, I would highly recommend ASMR  for other people.” – Jennifer Martinez 

Bob Ross can be considered an ASMR artist, but it was never intended. Bob Ross in an American landscape artist that had his own television show. He taught his techniques on how to paint fast and easy. One of the main eye catchers of his audience was his calm presence and soothing voice. Some people use his TV show because he gives off a safe vibe and really calms some people down also the sound of his brushes going across the canvas puts some people in a relaxing state.

“ASMR is peaceful and calming, I would recommend it.” – Hunter Roark

Both of these high school students have both told me that they do in fact enjoy ASMR. They enjoy sounds such as soap cutting, slime, quiet whispering, beach sounds, rainforest sounds, and rain hitting the side of a mountain. Both have confirmed that they would recommend listening to the audio of an ASMR video or watching it as well. I believe it could help students calm down after a stressful day and just to relax so I would highly recommend taking the time at the end of the day to just sit back and watch and listen to an ASMR video.

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