Based on your ASMR experiences…
Explain if ASMR helps you to fall asleep, include details like:
- How did you discover that ASMR helps you to fall asleep?
- Are there specific ASMR triggers or ASMR artists that help you to fall asleep the most?
- Do you watch videos, listen to audio only, or experience another type of trigger to help you fall asleep?
- How does ASMR compare with other methods or treatments you have used to help you to fall asleep or stay asleep?
- Have you been diagnosed by a clinician with insomnia or other sleep related disorder?
- Have you discussed the effect of ASMR on your sleep with your clinician?
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17 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] Does ASMR help with falling asleep or insomnia?”
5 years ago I first discovered it helped me sleep when I watched my first video. I always had the tingles (most prevalent with light gum chewing) and I always wondered what it was and why I couldn’t explain the feeling and I wanted to know if anyone else had it, so I googled, and I found my first video (gentlewhispering). Gentlewhispering is the only one I can fall asleep to now. I really don’t even watch her actual asmr videos anymore, I watch her vlog channel. She doesn’t even try and she’s still the best. I used to watch 2 others but they have since stopped making videos. I only listen to the audio. I don’t have to watch the videos. I turn on the sound and go right to bed. I can also think of a certain trigger and I can give myself tingles without actually hearing anything. I’ve never had any sleeping disorder and can fall asleep just fine on my own, I just like the tingles how it relaxes me. I have never discussed this with anyone else except my boyfriend and he thinks I’m a weirdo.
In my personal experience, ASMR dies help me fall asleep. I have had severe insomnia for the last 5 years of my life. I have tried just about everything to help me fall asleep.
First it was sleeping pills and melitonine but they never worked on me. I tried self hypnotism, it work for a time, but because I used it too often, it soon stopped working altogether. Next I tried listening to Classical music and Celtic music, both worked for a short period of time but usually took an hour to take effect. And the final method that tried before discovering ASMR was mediation. It worked the best at that point but it still took at least half an hour to begin working.
I discovered ASMR about 3 months ago by accident. I was browsing YouTube and I came across an ‘Oddly Satisfying’ video compilation and the ones involving the mixing of paint, cutting through inanimate object, and playing with slime made me feel relaxed. I fell asleep after about 10 minutes without actually remembering what happened. The only thing that I remembered feeling was calm and tired while watching YouTube.
I watched a few more of the ‘Oddly Satisfying’ video’s and it always had the same calming effect. Then one day I accidentally clicked on an ASMR official video while scrolling through YouTube on my IPod and I ended up watching it to see what it was. I became instantly hooked and not for the last month, I play ASMR videos and within minutes, I’m out like a light.
I don’t sleep as well since the discovery of asmr. It does relax me and help me to fall asleep but then I wake up and I have hit “replay” repeatedly throughout the night. I read that overstimulating your brain can cause insomnia as your brain will continue to seek stimulation while you are sleeping. Not sure whether the asmr is causing me to wake up over and over throughout the night or if it’s something else.
Yes. I have pretty much gone to sleep listening to an ASMR video/podcast for the last 5 years. In that time, I have noticed a dramatic decrease in the time it takes to fall alseep as well as an increase in quality.
Although, I don’t necessarily associate the tingling feeling with going to sleep. The associated relaxing sensation is what helps me fall asleep quickly. It also helps focus my mind on sleep rather than it racing through to-do lists, random thoughts etc.
Side note: I find this easier to explain to non-asmr people because I think there are more mainstream examples of ‘triggers’ helping you fall asleep. For example, taking a nap on a rainy day (the gentle tapping of the rain outside) or falling asleep while watching golf on television (announcers generally talking in whispers and quiet tones).
Yes, it helps me to focus on something slow-paced and quiet. I find myself falling asleep during the videos and waking up with my earbuds in and my phone still in hand.