Have you ever felt it before? Have you ever gotten that unexplainable and extremely satisfying sensation on the back of your head, those brain tingles that begin on your scalp and that move down through your limbs? I got them very often, but could never pinpoint exactly their origin, not until I found out what is ASMR.
The brain tingles could happen at any given time, but for the most part I noticed that they appeared while I was watching videos. It happened late at night, as I laid in bed, getting ready to go to sleep. I would turn on a video, and leave the volume at a minimum; that is when the tingles would start to kick in, progressively relaxing me. I found this peculiar response that my body had to be very interesting, and very convenient as well. I never needed much help sleeping, but as I started falling asleep this way it became almost effortless.
Little did I know that I was actually experiencing a form of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR for short. I casually stumbled upon the term online, and immediately recognized the symptoms as the ones I was having. So, what is ASMR?
ASMR is the subjective experience of euphoria that is triggered from specific acoustic and visual stimuli. It begins on the scalp (thus explained the brain tingles) and moves down the spine and limbs. It is an extremely pleasant and immersive experience, non sexual in nature, and many people use ASMR sounds to fall asleep faster. If you have never experienced a trigger, this could be your lucky day!
Inspired by ASMR, we here at Meditation Relax Club decided to create a gently whispered guided meditation for anxiety relief. Try listening to the video down here while wearing headphones, and on a very low audio setting. Focus not only on what the voice is asking you to visualize, but also on the sounds that the speaker makes when she speaks, especially the sound of her lips and her breath. You never know, you may be able to experience a trigger and find out what Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response really feels like.
I hope you this article could be of use if you were searching for help sleeping. ASMR is amazing, and once you get to experience it you may never be able to fall asleep as gently without it.