Sleepy Whispers: 5 Best ASMRtists To Get That Tingly Feeling
As with many people who experience ASMR, the first time I got tingles was when a teacher softly read homework instructions to the class. While she read aloud, something strange happened to me. I felt goosebumps and tickles on my skin; my eyelids felt heavy, and my muscles relaxed. I wished she would never stop reading. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was having my first introduction to ASMR.
Scientists are just beginning to explore ASMR, short for autonomous sensory meridian response. For those of you who have felt it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t: ASMR is like that tingle you feel when someone softly brushes your hair or blows in your ear. It can be triggered by touch, gentle visuals, relaxing sounds, and soothing voices. I re-discovered ASMR during a time in college when, struggling with insomnia and anxiety, I began listening to YouTube videos on Sleep Hypnosis. I stumbled deeper and deeper into a fuzzy, wondrous world created by ASMRtists — people who create these relaxing, sleep-inducing videos as a form of art.
ASMR, Anxiety, and Sleeplessness
While there have been few scientific studies, ASMR has shown signs of being effective in helping people sleep, reducing anxiety and stress, and calming and focusing the mind. Plus, you get those delightful tingles — a burst of euphoric fizziness evaporating down your spine. It’s like a sedative.
Some people, however, seem unable to experience the ASMR sensations. Since ASMR is mostly experiential, with very little scientific understanding, some people question whether or not it exists at all.
Having experienced ASMR since childhood, since before it had a name or a community surrounding it, that seems crazy to me. I’ve felt those tingles my entire life. How can anybody question it?
To those who have never felt the ASMR tingles, these videos have drawn criticism as being strange and awkward. Watching an artist tap a wooden brush, delicately count pieces of candy, and lightly blow smoke sends chills down my spine — but if you don’t get ASMR, then it may appear strange from the outside.
But for people like me, the rare and fortunate few who are effected by this blissful synesthesia, this ASMR community is life-changing. We found each other. We’re not alone. We can make comforting, magical videos and bliss each other to sleep every night.
Do you experience ASMR? There’s only one way to find out! If you’re just getting started in the community, or if you’re looking to expand your ASMRtist playlist, enjoy an auditory sampling of the top 5 ASMRtist picks!
5. Olivia’s Kissper ASMR
Olivia’s Kissper has such a blissfully pleasant voice, the tingle waterfall starts as soon as she speaks. She does some fantastic “40 Fast Trigger” videos to help viewers discover new triggers and expand their ASMR library. I love to put my headphones in at work and just listen to her more simple videos while working. But she also creates some very unique roleplay videos — A very gentle torturer, a science fiction robot installing new applications on you, and a visual meditation with strings. I like to be entertained while I listen to ASMR, and her videos are very engaging!