One of the key aspects of ASMR is that it is a very relaxing state which seems to de-stress the mind and body.
Exercise is basically the opposite. It is a high energy state of physical exertion and mental alertness which stresses the mind and body.
Combining a stress state and a relaxation state to alleviate depression may seem a bit counterintuitive, but a study recently published in Translational Psychiatry (a Nature journal) has some interesting results.
Helping people to fall asleep is one of the most widely reported uses for ASMR videos and ASMR triggers.
This is bad news because it highlights the fact that many people are having difficulty getting the right quantity and/or quality of sleep.
And yet, it is also good news because sleep is so important and ASMR could someday be widely supported by clinicians as a sleep aid.
This post will cover several recent research studies about the recommendations, challenges, and problems related to getting a proper quantity and quality of sleep.
And it will conclude with an example of how someone might construct a research study to demonstrate if ASMR can help improve sleep quality.
Lets begin with this question: Do you know how much sleep you should be getting each night?