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This Video Makes My Head Feel Tingly

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This Video Makes My Head Feel Tingly

The ASMR Phenomenon

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.  People who can experience ASMR describe it as a “tingling, static-like sensation across the scalp, back of the neck and at times further areas in response to specific triggering audio and visual stimuli. This sensation is widely reported to be accompanied by feelings of relaxation and well-being.”  Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4380153/

This video makes my head feel tingly. The ASMR phenomenon

I have experienced this since I was a kid and just thought it was something different about me and never sought out any reason for it.  It wasn’t until I saw an article about people making videos of them cutting up bars of soap that I had heard of the term. When I read the description of ASMR, I knew exactly what they were talking about.

 

You may have experienced ASMR if you’ve ever watched something or heard a noise and it caused you to feel a tingling sensation the back of your head that might radiate across your scalp or down your spine.  This sensation is often referred to as ASMR tingles.

 

There has been a newer phenomenon on YouTube of people creating videos to try to trigger these sensations for people who experience ASMR.  This brings us to the videos of people cutting up soap….yes, YouTube videos of people cutting up bars of soap. My daughter and I watched a 10 minute video together of a person cutting up bars of soap.

 

These videos have no music or talking; it is just focused on hands and bars of soap being cut up. My youngest daughter and I get the ASMR tingles.  My youngest daughter talks about noises that are very satisfying to her. These noises are what triggers the ASMR tingles for her. She likes the videos of people cutting and running their fingers through kinetic sand.  My oldest daughter, who does not get the ASMR tingles, finds the videos relaxing to watch. She really likes the videos of people crushing floral foam. The floral foam in these videos has been soaked and sometimes has glitter sprinkled all over it.  The video features the sound of the water being squeezed out the foam and the glitter running through the water.

ASMR satisfying sensations from auditory and visual stimuli

Sometimes the purpose of these videos are to relax the viewer to induce a restful sleep.  A lot of times the ASMR videos will just have people whispering or different kinds of soft noises that relax people. Each person is different in what kinds of stimuli will trigger the ASMR sensations.   Not every ASMR video will produce sensations for each person. However, it is possible that videos outside your tingle trigger category can produce relaxing or satisfaction (as my daughters would put it)  

 

Below are some links to a variety of ASMR videos so you can see what I’m talking about.

Soap cutting

Glitter Floral Foam

Whispering and a variety of small sounds (this creator has a lot of great videos for ASMR)

Kinetic Sand

Hair and Scalp

If you have problems relaxing for bed or getting to sleep, maybe these could help.  Also check out this post on tips and techniques to ease insomnia. Sleep…What’s That?  Tips and Techniques to Ease Insomnia

 

Have you ever heard of ASMR or do you get these sensations?  Do you watch these videos that are “satisfying”. Does this seem pretty crazy to you?  Add a comment to our discussion.


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