One trend that has been growing in popularity is ASMR, which has more than 13 million videos on YouTube and even a 175,000-subscribers community on Reddit.
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. For those who are wondering what is an ASMR video, it refers to a genre of videos, in which carefully selected sounds are recorded, such as whispering, crinkling of wrapping paper, tapping, undergoing a haircut, or stirring a cup of water.
These sounds can elicit "tingling sensations" or "feel good", which are purported to be have a calming effect on your senses and even help some with their anxiety and stress as well as sleep better.
It's important to note that there isn't enough scientific research to attest to ASMR's effectiveness, so you try them out with an open mind, but don't expect proven medical benefits.
With that, here are 5 of the best ASMRs on YouTube to get you started on your ASMR journey! These videos are best enjoyed alone in a quiet environment using good quality headphones.
With more than 21 million video views, Gentle Whispering is one of the most popular and iconic ASMR videos in the world. Over 16 minutes, you can be taken on a multi-part journey thanks to a variety of sounds in the video.
To some, going for a makeover can be extremely therapeutic. Indeed, most of our days are spent running around, doing one thing or another. When we get the opportunity to sit down, close our eyes, and just be accompanied by our thoughts and the sounds of water, the beauty treatment and being massaged, it can understandably be a refreshing and healing experience.
This video was created with the express purpose of helping people fall asleep, just using soft whispers and the sounds of hand movements. On one of those night where you somehow keep tossing and turning, put this on and see if it works for you.
How does it feel to have your ears cleaned or tickled? Play this video to find out, and you might get an endorphin rush that comes from the childhood pleasure of exploring your ears and the sounds various sounds it can capture.
ASMR fans have long attested to the tingle-inducing ability of the barbershop with its snipping and combing. In particular, the popularity of this video despite its amateurish production values is proof of its effectiveness.
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Some studies are already beginning to show evidence of psychological benefits. For those of you who fall in the "I just don't get it" segment of the population, have an open mind when trying to appreciate it. The best way to think about it is similar to listening to classic music – not everyone will walk away thinking they benefitted from the experience.
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