I’m that person that keeps Snapchat on their phone primarily because I love reading the free article links from various networks and magazines. It was here, in a fit of insomnia, that I discovered an article on ASMR videos for the anxious, overwhelmed or plain ole’ insomniac.
I tried the videos and discovered sleep all over again!
Late nights and early mornings is when my brain decides to release all the suppressed thoughts and emotions that I’ve buried throughout the day. Sometimes I went to bed only to find myself anxious about my life and unable to sleep. With Ideas swimming rapidly throughout my mind; it became a battle in my bed and I lost sleep.
According to ASMR University; ASMR ( autonomous sensory meridian response) can be described simply as a variety of soothing SENSATIONS (eg, tingles, relaxation, calmness, sleepiness) due to a variety of gentle STIMULI (eg, whispering, soft talking, light touches, methodical sounds.)
The holiday season can produce it’s own level of anxiety for a range of individuals trying to fit their life, budget and schedules around Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and everything inbetween.
I’ve found that after a long day, watching ASMR videos put me into a sound sleep by relaxing my body’s tensions and clearing my mind. I watch the ASMR videos made by Whispersred on Youtube and honestly, I haven’t tried out many others because she always works for me. Plus change gives me anxiety. The ASMR videos often involve the “actors” doing simple activities like hair brushing or role playing. Watching someone getting their hair brushed creates tingles from memories of getting my own hair brushed by my sister. The monotonous sound and visuals that accompanies it also relaxes my mind from the stress of the day.
The videos are a little…weird, at least at first. It’s often like inviting someone into your bedroom to help you sleep; especially with the role playing videos. But me and Whispersred have become virtual friends even though I’ve never met her. I can depend on her at 2 a.m. to help me sleep after I’ve been struggling since 10:30 p.m.
These videos don’t always have to be viewed for bedtime. I imagine that they would work well in calming and soothing someone who has found themselves overwhelmed in the middle of their day. The videos are the same as listening to ocean sounds or music aimed at relaxing an individual.
YouTube has a variety of these videos from various individuals whose aim is just to relax you. Feeling stress, anxious or unable to sleep? Give them a try for a week at bedtime to see if they’re for you. I promise it’ll probably be some of the best sleep you’ve had in a while.
There’s plenty of videos for you to choose from. So get cozy in your bed and turn on one that seems interesting. I highly recommend Whispersred hair brushing video to start.
You can either pull up these videos on your phone and listen with ear plugs for no distractions or access them on your smart tv. Either way I wish you happy sleeping. 😴