Ever tried your best to fall asleep and no matter how hard you tried you struggled to switch your brain off? I struggled with this for a long time and the lack of proper sleep resulted in difficulties concentrating and I would doze off in meetings because I wasn’t getting adequate rest. I resorted to having a glass or two of wine every night and it momentarily put a band-aid on my sleep issue, but I needed a healthier way to cope with my inability to fall asleep.
One day I was watching random content on YouTube and my favourite YouTuber mentioned ASMR in one of her videos. She shared a link to a popular ASMR channel and it piqued my interest and sent me down an ASMR rabbit hole – in the best way! If you struggle to switch off after a long day on the grind and it’s in no way a serious medical condition, then you should give it a try.
What is ASMR?
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Sleep.org defines ASMR as ‘a feeling of euphoric tingling and relaxation that can come over someone when he or she watches certain videos or hears certain sounds’, and this definition sums it up perfectly. It’s the tingly feeling you get from hearing a pleasant sound that comforts and relaxes you.
These sounds range from raindrops to the sound of someone brushing or cutting hair, chewing sounds or whispering, and even tapping among others, the possibilities are endless, the key is finding your personal trigger.
Here’s a video from a popular ASMR artist that explains further:
I got into ASMR by listening and watching whisper and roleplay videos. The soft-spoken roleplays are enjoyable and ASMR artists get really creative with it. Other popular triggers are hair brushing sounds and shampooing sounds. Also, check out ASMR videos of opening packages, tapping, playing with makeup brushes, the possibilities are endless and different things trigger different people.
3Dio ASMR changed the game. It’s a binaural microphone that mimics human hearing. It makes for an immaculate audio experience and it feels like the sounds are in your immediate surroundings.
See below an example of an ASMR video made with the 3Dio microphone and how it elevates your ASMR experience:
ASMR sounds are vast and feature an array of stimuli. Try the following to find the one that will tickle your brain:
- Sounds found in nature ie. rain, thunder, etc.
- Head massage
There are also several ASMR apps to try that will help you fall asleep quicker. Give these a try and see if they won’t aid in your struggle to fall asleep:
Apart from ASMR, there are a few things you can do to help you fall asleep quicker. You can prepare your body for a good night’s rest by not ingesting anything with caffeine 3 or 4 hours before bedtime. Create a relaxing atmosphere in your home by lighting candles, playing soft music and cooking a meal. Avoid thinking about work. If you’re a tea person chamomile tea is a good beverage to have before bed because it helps with relaxation and sleep.
You need to rest to refuel and maximising your downtime is essential.
Are you going to try ASMR? Tell us what your go-to relaxation methods are in the comments.