Have you heard of ASMR? Maybe not and trust me you aren’t alone, millions of people haven’t. Up until a few weeks ago, even I didn’t know about it either. A friend of mine told me about it and the name alone aroused my curiosity and got me researching on it immediately – and what I found was just amazing. Are you suffering from stress, insomnia or anxiety? Well its been proven that ASMR is able to help relief these disorders.
In recent times stress, insomnia and anxiety has gotten so rampant that, at most, 8 out of every 10 person has experienced at least one of the three – yeah that’s how bad it has gotten. But for the past 10 years ASMR has been used as a means to bring relief to those suffering from stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Stress is a means by which your body reacts to any threat or danger. Basically if you feel threatened (this threat could be real of imagined), your body reacts rapidly in defense. This process is called “stress response” or “a fight or flight reaction”. However, stress isn’t bad all the time, in small doses it actually helps – like when you’ve got an exam coming up, it drives you to study or when when you have a presentation or deadline to meet, it makes you put in that extra effort – but when stress is constantly present, especially when there is no threat, it becomes a serious mental issue.
Another bad thing about stress is that its hard for it to distinguish between minor cases, like an argument with a friend, and something as serious as a life or death situation. And the more you get stressed out, the easier it becomes to be triggered and the harder it is to shut down.
What are the Symptoms of Stress?
Symptoms of stress can become somewhat normal after several reoccurrences, causing severe physical and mental breakdown. This is why its important to notice it quickly so that you can immediately start treatment.
Some symptoms of stress includes:
•Becoming easily agitated and moody
•Having difficulty in relaxing
•Inability to concentrate
•Loss of appetite
•Nervousness and constant worrying.
You might have gone a day or two without sleep when you had a critical activity to perform, like a presentation or a job interview – This is not Insomnia
Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that is characterized by ones inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. As a result of this, you get to have poor quality of sleep. It could be short-term, occurring for a few days or weeks, or insomnia can be long-term, lasting for a month or more.
The important thing you should always remember about insomnia is that many times it is a symptom for other mental issues. When going for treatment, you should not treat only the insomnia but get checked for other possible mental disorders that are associated with insomnia as well – like stress or depression.
What Are The Symptoms of Insomnia?
The symptoms of insomnia are very easy to notice. They include:
•Difficulty in falling asleep
•Sleeping for very short periods
•Being awake for most of the night
•Waking up in the middle of the night or much earlier than you used too
•Difficulty returning back to sleep (after you’ve woken much earlier)
•Feeling as though you haven’t even slept at all
•Feeling tired during the daytime.
•Difficulty in concentrating.
As easy as these symptoms are to notice, many people tend to ignore them. Please if you notice these symptoms, DO NOT IGNORE, as a poor sleeping habit can affect practically all aspects of your life. You could become more volatile, aggressive and even depressed.
Are you always in a state of worrying, restlessness or uneasiness? Does the slightest things trouble you or created a feeling of fear? Then there is a high possibly that you are suffering from anxiety.
You should know that everyone has experienced this feeling of anxiety at one point of their lives. It could be for a brief moment –be it a few minutes or a few days –after which it goes away.
For some, though, this feeling doesn’t go away quickly, it stays with them for a long period of time–weeks, months or even years. When this happens, you could be diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder.
What Are The Symptoms of Anxiety?
The symptoms of anxiety can be quite similar to stress, as in both cases your body is on high alert and ready for flight or fight.
The symptoms includes:
•Nervousness and restlessness
•Panic attacks and constant feeling of danger
•Rapid heart rate and breathing
•Inability to concentrate
Regardless of the type of anxiety disorder you might have, its important to start treatment as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.
Stress, Insomnia and anxiety all affect ones mental health. They can be minor, occurring for just a day or two especially in relation to our daily activities, but these disorders can also be severe and take a great toll on you, affecting various important sectors of your life such as your family, career and relationships.
Another Important fact to note is that stress, insomnia and anxiety are all linked together as one of them can worsen the other. People who are under considerable stress, for example, can have insomnia or become extremely anxious (although not in all cases). And the likelihood of developing Insomnia is increased if you are already suffering from stress or anxiety.
But their is a brighter side to this connection between the three disorders, as relieving one of these ( Eg. Stress), can relief the others (Eg. Anxiety and Insomnia).
Treatments of Stress, Insomnia and Anxiety.
Over-the-counter medications are very helpful in relieving stress, insomnia and anxiety, but they tend to have limited effectiveness when consumed over a long period of time. Let’s not forget that these drugs can also have side affects when consumed too frequently such as extreme tiredness.
This is where ASMR comes in. This is a a clean means to help relieving stress, insomnia and anxiety. It can be used excessively without limiting the effect and better still, it doesn’t have any side effect.
What is ASMR?
ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a relaxing, tingling sensation that starts at the crown of the head, back of the neck and runs down the line of the spine in respond to certain triggers. When intense this sensation is also able to extend down to the back, arms and even legs.
Its an involuntary effect, like goosebumps when listening to your favourite song, but ITS NOT A GOOSEBUMP, don’t confuse the two!
ASMR occurs in a small number of our general population called ASMR Experiencers. If you’ve never experienced it, you probably never will, and people who don’t are called ASMR Non-exeperiencers. But the good news is that you don’t have to be able to experience ASMR to feel the relaxing and calm feeling it induces.
With ASMR videos you will able to feel relaxed, ease up your anxiety and stress, and get that much-needed sleep.
A research study from department of psychology at the University of Sheffield, showed that the tingling sensation occured solely in those who are said to experience ASMR, but the feeling of relaxation and calm, and reduction of negative feelings–such as stress, insomnia and anxiety–was noticed in both ASMR experiencers and Non-asmr experiencers alike, but with a little significant difference, as ASMR experiencers had a higher rate of relaxation and calm than the Non experiencers.
So how can you get this relaxing feeling? Well this is done by various people called ASMRtists who make videos using various audiovisual triggers to induce ASMR.
ASMR triggers are specific to each individuals, what might work for you might not necessarily work for me, but there are several common audiovisual triggers such as: whispering, soft spoken words, slow hand movements, personal attention, tapping and scratching objects.
These objects can be basically anything: a book, a cup, bottle, a wooden plate, your hair brush –anything. What makes an object a trigger depends on how the ASMRtists would use them. Some of the ASMRtists includes Shuga ASMR, Gentle whispering ASMR, Gibi ASMR.
They are a lot of ASMR videos you can watch online, especially on YOUTUBE. The good thing about ASMR is that it has no known risk attached to it, so why not give it a try.
I would advice you go check some of those videos by the end of this article and please be open minded about it, don’t just end the video 1 minute in. It might seem weird or funny at first, but give it a chance, watch at least a full 20 or 30 minutes video – preferably with an earpiece – to really get the full ASMR EXPERIENCE.
NOTE! ASMR is not a “Cure all”! Its a preferable alternative to taking excessive pills. Its better to watch lots of ASMR videos to support your few pills intake, than an everyday pill consumption. If your Stress, insomnia or anxiety is moderate, watching just ASMR videos would be enough treatment for you.
Have a good day.