ASMR: Sleep Euphoria

Many people who can’t get to sleep turn to white noise devices, music players, and spinning fans to calm their nerves and set them at ease so that they can enjoy a good, long night’s sleep. Some people, however, enjoy being soothed by a person’s smooth voice, a whisper to knock them out. With the use of sleeping pills on the rise, people are beginning to lean toward other options, such as sleep whisperers.

Youtubers all over are beginning to develop videos that incorporate the mix of noises and voices that will have one drifting off into dreamland. Some videos include the sounds of the water swishing, the sand scratching, pebbles rolling, and plastic crumbling, but what makes these videos unique is the way that these noises are created. When you crumple up a piece of plastic it doesn’t normally make the most relaxing sound, but when you do it softly and slowly, just slow and soft enough that it sounds as if it is merely white noise, these sounds are able to put a person out.

The way that these sounds travel around your ears, especially when the use of headphones is involved, is hypnotizing, lulling one to sleep as the minutes pass by. The description of fine grains of sand bring you to your knees, imagining the feel of warm sand moving in and out of your fingertips and your toes as the water crashes at your feet, your eyes drooping with every word, and every sound that they make. It is the simple things that make these videos brilliant, the sound of sighing and whispers filling your eardrums, commanding your eyes to close and your brain to calm down. The sound of fingernails tapping gently against a plate lulling you to bed, I can understand why these videos might be so popular among those with insomnia.

So why is this web of sleep whisperers becoming so popular? There is such a thing as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) which is the tingling sensation that erupts in the ears, the head, and the spine, which is able to pull a person into the depths of consciousness. There is no real way to study the phenomena but many people report feelings of euphoria when listening to the audio of people whispering to them. Some of these videos include role plays that involve scenes such as getting ones hair cut or visiting the doctors office or falling asleep with one’s ‘Vampire Boyfriend‘ and even Hunger Games skits. Some can even be calmed down from a panic or an anxiety attack when soothed by these people and there videos.

As many of us know, especially in this day and age, that it is getting harder and harder to fall asleep. What, with all the electronics buzzing and thoughts swarming around our busy brains, many of us are falling harder and harder into the clutches of insomnia. Now, with the help of electronic devices such as mp3 players and other sound emitting devices, we are able to find easier ways to fall into sleep. We can all try it in the comfort of our own bedrooms if nothing else works, and hopefully, with the sounds of people cooing you into slumber, you will fade into the stillness of sleep, and awake in your favorite dream.






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