If eight hours of slumber sounds like a dream to you and counting sheep just doesn’t do the trick, ASMR might be your ticket to a good night’s sleep.
Described as a tingling sensation that starts in the head or neck and travels down the body, this practice uses an assortment of sounds, referred to as ‘triggers.’ These can be anything from talking softly, whispering, tapping or the sound of someone brushing their hair.
The feeling of relaxation, comfort and tiredness may be influenced by chemicals released in your brain, such as endorphins – those chemicals produced by the brain to relieve stress and pain. When you experience the ‘trigger’ sensation during one of these videos, the chemical released helps to lower stress and aid relaxation.
ASMR can help to reduce anxiety, as it acts as a distraction from everyday life. It brings a feeling of peace to the mind and body and is even considered a form of meditation. Viewers can experience feelings of intense pleasure and relaxing sensations, just from watching videos.
We all know that sleeping well is just as important as diet or exercise when it comes to health, but that doesn’t mean we find it easy, particularly during a global pandemic. For example 50 percent of British adults reported that their sleep pattern had been disrupted more than usual during the coronavirus outbreak.
Most experts recommend keeping your phone and other devices far away from your sleeping space, but if you’re really struggling to drift off, listening to sleep-inducing videos might justify making an exception. According to the National Sleep Foundation, watching videos that feature calming sounds can help you relax and relieve stress, making it easier to fall asleep.
Although there are millions online to choose from, here are 10 of the best ASMR videos out there:
ASMR Sleep & Relaxation Treatment by Gibi ASMR – 13 million views
One of the world’s leading ASMR practitioners, Gibi ASMR offers a collection of satisfying sounds and sleep-inducing videos to help you drift off.
Tapping and crinkling sounds are two of the most common ASMR tigers. Hearing them repeatedly can elicit relaxation and help with de-stressing, which is where this video comes in.
Youtube Channel: Gibi ASMR 2.96 million subscribers
Sleep Recovery: 3 Hours of Hair Treatments by Tingting ASMR – 6.7 million views
Can’t sleep because your mind is racing? The Sleep Recovery: 3 Hours of Hair Treatment fills your mind with satisfying sounds from a complete scalp and hair health check. That’s all.
Host Tingting helps you drift off with ear-to-ear whispering, realistic sounds made by hair, scalp tracing, brushing, scalp treatments and massaging. Hair play ASMR is a popular streaming choice for those living with insomnia, as watching and listening can provoke the same response as having your hair played with.
Youtube Channel: Tingting ASMR 1.69 million subscribers
Sleepy Pleasures: Soft Spoken by Gentle Whispering ASMR – 7.6 million views
Gentle whispering is one of the most common ASMR triggers and a recent study has proved that the sounds can result in a feeling of calmness and relaxation before bedtime. If you can’t shut off your thoughts, this video offers a soothing assortment of calming and relaxing whispers.
Youtube Channel: Gentle Whispering ASMR 2 million subscribers
Unique Triggers & Deep Inner Ear Sounds by asmr zeitgeist – 4.6 million views
Watching the Unique Triggers & Deep Inner Ear Sounds video can help hold your attention and pull your thoughts away from those niggling everyday tensions by exploring the sounds of the deep inner ear, allowing you to fall asleep without feeling stressed and uneasy.
You’ll listen to the sound of fizzy sherbet powder being poured directly into your ears and covered in slime, while the host gently picks foam from your ear canal. So, put your headphones in to fully experience the binaural ear-to-ear sound.
Youtube Channel: asmr zeitgeist 1.93 million subscribers
ASMR Hypnotic Triggers by ASMR Bakery – 7.3 million views
This video induces relaxation mode from gentle tapping sounds to scratching noises. Nail tapping can be intensely irritating for some people but soothing for others; it’s all about personal preference.
Designed specifically for people with insomnia and anxiety, ASMR Bakery uses bubble wrap, foam boards, wood and cotton swabs to help soothe and create sleep-inducing triggers.
Youtube Channel: ASMR Bakery 776 thousand subscribers
ASMR Triggers that will put you to sleep by DennisASMR – 2.8 million views
This video has become a lifesaver for the perpetually sleep-deprived. Host Dennis provides visual and audible aids to help you snooze, with box tapping, crinkling and scratching sounds, mouth noises and hand movements with plastic gloves.
Physical triggers are often used to de-stress viewers and create a sense of intimacy. In this video, the host uses soft and gentle gestures and hand movements.
Youtube Channel: DennisASMR 953 thousand subscribers
ASMR for people who desperately need sleep by Jojo’s ASMR – 1.5 million views
For those who prefer talking videos, Jojo’s ASMR is all about vocal triggers, going as far as creating a 30-minute video dedicated solely to speaking gently into the microphone. The ASMR YouTuber uses his technique to soothe your anxiety and make you feel more comfortable before you doze off.
Youtube Channel: Jojo’s ASMR 1.52 million subscribers
The Ultimate Ear Massager For Deep Sleep by StacyAster – 6.6 million views
For those with too much on their minds, The Ultimate Ear Massager For Deep Sleep video is guaranteed to make you fall asleep in no time as host Stacy Aster explores the sounds made by everyday objects. Whether it’s the sound of crunching bubble wrap or faux fur pressing against the microphone, this video has something for everyone.
Youtube Channel: StacyAster 713 thousand subscribers
1 Hour Sleep Clinic by mads asmr – 5.4 million views
If you’re looking for something both entertaining and relaxing to watch, try the 1 Hour Sleep Clinic, a video dotted with audio and visual triggers, including inaudible whispering, scalp massaging, tapping with nails and the pulling on of latex gloves, all conducive to falling asleep.
Youtube Channel: mads smr 563 thousand subscribers
Softest ASMR Hair Brushing by WhispersRed ASMR – 1.3 million views
Drift off to the sound of gentle brush strokes, nail tapping and hand sounds with a pre-bedtime viewing pleasure from WhispersRed ASMR. Hair brushing is one of the go-to soundtracks for inducing relaxation and falling asleep and 1.3 million viewers can’t all be wrong.
Youtube Channel: WhispersRed ASMR — 931 thousand subscribers
- List provided by the research team at hybrid mattress brand OTTY Sleep.
This article is part of Livehealthy’s first Sleep Week. Starting on March 13 and running up to and including World Sleep Day on March 19, we have seven full days of coverage on everything to do with the one-third of our lives we spend in – or trying to get to – slumber.