National Sleep Foundation posts article about ASMR

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityA short article about ASMR was posted this week on a website run by the National Sleep Foundation (a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC, USA).

This is very important because it may be the largest, and perhaps the first, education and science-focused organization to not only acknowledge ASMR, but to encourage people to try ASMR for relaxation and insomnia.

Here is the mission statement of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF),

“The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990 by the leaders in sleep medicine, NSF is the trusted resource for sleep science, healthy sleep habits, and sleep disorders to medical professionals, patients and the public.”

The NSF has an organization-focused website (sleepfoundation.org), a resource-focused website (sleep.org), and a peer-reviewed research journal titled, “Sleep Health” (sleephealthjournal.org).

The short article about ASMR was posted on their sleep.org website.

The article describes the sensation of ASMR, some of the triggers for ASMR and states the following about ASMR,

“…it can trigger a feeling of relaxation before bedtime, which can help you overcome insomnia.”

The article concludes by encouraging readers to try ASMR and has links to Maria GentleWhispering’s YouTube channel, ASMR University, and ASMR Lab.

The following statements in the article do have an important oversight,

“There are two ways that people can experience ASMR. You can experience it through simple meditation or just thinking about a scene or sound that pleases you. Or you can experience it through watching a video or listening to a recording.”

The above statements do not mention real world ASMR triggers (such as being groomed) and do not clarify that the recordings are mostly capturing or simulating real world triggers.  This is important because the real world triggers are some of the strongest ASMR triggers for many people.

Major oversight aside, it is terrific to see a positive, supportive, and mostly accurate article about ASMR published by such a large and influential organization.

Their article will reach many people who struggle with sleep issues, and as importantly, the article may also hit the radar of sleep scientists and sleep researchers.

Click HERE to read the full ASMR article posted on sleep.org.

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