Does ASMR Actually Help People?
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ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) has gained popularity in recent years and involves people listening to sounds like whispering, paper being crumbled, tapping of fingers, the sounds of eating crunching foods, and a paintbrush on a canvas -- which many people say is soothing, hypnotic and pleasurable. Those who enjoy these sounds will even go so far as to call it a "brain orgasm."
So it is just a social media trend or could there be health benefits to listening to these sounds?
Psychologist Dr. Giulia Poerio conducted a study on ASMR and found people who engaged with ASMR videos had a significant reduction in their heart rate when compared to people who did not view ASMR content. Dr. Poerio says many people turn to repetitive sounds in order to ease their depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Samantha, who is an ASMR’tist tells us she previously dealt with insomnia and anxiety and says she found relief by making ASMR videos and listening to other ASMR content. Samantha even thinks one day there will be ASMR clinics where people could drop-in and ease a number of issues with the soothing sounds. She calls ASMR "a great tool for distraction."
*The Doctors note ASMR is not meant to cure any of the above-mentioned health issues and should not replace traditional or prescribed medical treatments.