If, like me, you’re new to the world of ASMR videos, you might feel slightly puzzled by lengthy YouTube videos of people whispering, tapping softly, scratching, or otherwise making soft noises designed to give viewers "braingasms." How are these so charming, relaxing, and snooze-inducing, you might ask? And yet, for many people, they are. ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, refers to the deeply chill way you might feel while watching certain images or hearing some sounds, the National Sleep Foundation says — and the videos are a relatively new thing. ASMR is characterized by feelings of relaxation, a tingling sensation throughout the scalp and body, goose bumps, and even euphoria. ASMR videos might help you sleep, and if you manage insomnia, they can help, the National Sleep Foundation says
The images and sounds featured in the videos may stimulate memories of mundane childhood comforts, Harry Hill writing for Mashable says — which is why they might be so effective. Gentle whispering, tapping, folding laundry, and flickering candles on a birthday cake are just a few of the odd and super ordinary audio and visual triggers that the videos feature. While ASMR videos don’t work for everyone, they are phenomenally popular among a growing fanbase of YouTube subscribers. Just remember that blue light that comes off screens can be detrimental to helping you drift off, so turn your blue light blockers on or keep your phone stashed while you listen. If you’re new to ASMR videos and don’t know where to start, or if you’d like to add a few new sessions to your routine, here are 7 ASMR videos for your consideration.