ASMR podcasts: the advantages & disadvantages

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If you are looking for ASMR content on the internet, you have two main options: ASMR videos and ASMR podcasts.

ASMR videos are the much more popular choice.

Compared to videos, ASMR podcasts have some clear disadvantages.  But curiously, these disadvantages are also their advantages.  Let me explain.

The obvious disadvantage of ASMR podcasts is that they are sound only.  You don’t get to see the artist, the actions, or the items that are creating the delightful sounds.

Most of the time, this is a clear disadvantage.  I’ll usually prefer an ASMR video over an ASMR podcast most of the time.   But not ALL of the time.

The lack of the visual element of an ASMR podcast is also its greatest advantage to me…when I want to fall asleep.

When I put my head down on a pillow, I don’t want the bright light of a video glaring at me.  I could turn the screen off and just listen to the video, but then I get tempted to peek at the video to see what is happening.  I sometimes also notice that without the visual aspects, the audio quality suddenly sounds rather poor, or I suddenly notice the audio has too much annoying white noise.

The audio-only aspect of ASMR podcasts works great for me because the audio quality tends to be better (not always!) there is no bright light on my face, and I’m not tempted to look at the visuals (because there aren’t any).

I started listening to ASMR podcasts in 2013.  The first one I ever found was called, “ASMR HQ”, and it may have been the first-ever podcast about ASMR.

I even wrote a blog post in June of 2014 about the ASMR HQ podcast titled, “There is only one ASMR podcast that I know about

A few months later, in November of 2014, I found another ASMR podcast that just launched.  It was called, “ASMR Sleep Station.”  This one helped me to fall asleep for over a year.  It even inspired me to create my own whispering podcast in 2016.

To date, I’ve created eight ASMR podcasts.  Most of them are to help listeners to fall asleep, and one is meant to be educational about ASMR.  In a couple of them, I use my middle name “Harris” to refer to myself bc “Dr. Richard” just sounded too stuffy.

Here are the podcasts I’ve created:

  • ASMR University podcast (as Dr. Richard)
  • Sleep Whispers (as Harris)
  • Calm History (as Harris)
  • Sleep with Silk: ASMR Triggers
  • Sleep with Silk: Soothing Voices
  • Sleep with Silk: Background Noise
  • Sleep with Silk: Nature Sounds
  • Sleep with Silk: Binaural Beats

If you want to sample any of my podcasts, then hop on over to: 

I hope you find something that helps you to fall asleep also.

Best, Dr. Richard


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One thought on “ASMR podcasts: the advantages & disadvantages

  1. Thanks. The visuals do nothing for me. My only trigger is certain voices. Tapping,crinkling and things like that don’t do anything for me. I’d much prefer a podcast to a YouTube video but Whispers Red and a few others are only on YouTube.

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