ASMR, a brain-tingling sensation that people are always seeking online, may be more than just a pleasant feeling. A new ASMR Mental Health Study published in the Journal Plos One has shown that this sensation also provides mental and physical health benefits. Other Anecdotal evidence has indicated that people who are looking for a means to relieve symptoms of anxiety, or depression or Insomnia could use ASMR technique. ASMR is a sensation that is characterized by a tingling effect when someone listens to gentle, whispering and tapping sounds which induces a ‘brain orgasm’ at the top of the head causing an all-around relaxing impact to an individual. Think of the ASMR as the goosebumps you usually get when someone whispers in your ear.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield wanted to find out whether ASMR tingles can generate more benefit other than the sensation feeling. To investigate this, they conducted a two-part ASMR Mental Health Study, where they watched participants who watched ASMR triggering videos and a controlled group watched videos without ASMR elements. The result of the study showed that those who watched ASMR videos did not only seem more calmers but also experienced lower heart rates, lower level of sadness and reduced stress than those who did not engage in ASMR.
According to Dr, Guilia Peoria, one of the researcher who was involved in the study, millions of people have been experiencing ASMR since children following millions of videos posted on YouTube and other social media sites like Reddit. However, the ASMR benefits have “ virtually gone unnoticed in the scientific research” claims Dr Poerio.
Although ASMR devotees are enthusiastic about the many benefits of ASMR, the research also found that not everyone who takes the ASMR rabbit hole gets the brain tingles. According to ASMR university website, some people need to have an actual touch of another person or to physically hear the whisper in their eyes for their body to release the endorphins that generate ASMR feeling. Researchers were able to substantiate claims for those who didn’t report ASMR by measuring the physical response which was same as those with other relaxation modalities.
ASMR research is just at its infancy; however, according to Dr Peorio, this study could someday be approved as a potential medical treatment option for people with anxiety, insomnia, depression, and even chronic pain. This study augurs well for the future of tingles as a stress reliever and as a vehicle for understanding human emotions at a deeper level. The study concludes that ASMR is a complicated emotional blend made of activating and deactivating effects, but it offers an opportunity for researchers to understand individual differences in comprehending the complexity of emotions and the impact of the emotional experience of overall human health and well-being.
Anyone can benefit generated by the little whispering, and tingeing effects from ASMR, and in the world so loud, it would be generous to encourage a friend and family relative to try this technique once in a while.