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Is ASMR really helpful?
You might have heard of ASMR videos like whispering, tapping sounds, gentle hand movements, brushing sounds, and role-playing scenarios like haircuts or spa treatments.
It has gained popularity in recent years as a sensory phenomenon that elicits pleasant tingling sensations and relaxation in individuals.
While personal experiences with ASMR vary, we have gathered 3 researches suggesting its potential benefits in various domains.
1. Stress Reduction
Research conducted at the University of Sheffield found that ASMR videos can significantly decrease subjective stress levels and increase feelings of relaxation in individuals.
The gentle sounds and visual stimuli employed in ASMR content create a calming effect that aids in stress management.
2. Sleep Aid
A study published in PLOS ONE revealed that ASMR experiences can enhance sleep quality and reduce insomnia symptoms.
The soothing whispers, soft tapping sounds, and gentle movements in ASMR videos create a tranquil environment conducive to achieving a relaxed state and improving sleep.
3. Simularity of ASMR and Mindfulness
ASMR and mindfulness share certain phenomenological characteristics. Mindfulness involves intentionally regulating attention and cultivating nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment.
There are also researchers suggesting that mindfulness encompasses openness to sensations, attentional control, emotional regulation, and resilience.
While studies suggest that mindfulness help people manage stress, cope better with serious illness and reduce anxiety and depression, it is worth trying to discover the ASMR triggers that produce the most tingling sensations for you.