Aside From the Satisfying Sound, Are There Benefits to ASMR?

Aside From the Satisfying Sound, Are There Benefits to ASMR?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, more popularly known as ASMR, became a well-received form of content on the internet, with creators shown to be whispering closely to the microphone or tapping long fingernails on skincare containers.  

To some people, ASMR might seem a satisfying experience. However, researchers found something more.  

ASMR is a sensation you get from certain stimuli such as sounds, visuals, or close contact with other people, whether in person or online.  

 

Your Brain and ASMR  

Aside from the usual tingling sensation, there were also recorded responses occurring in the brain, according to a 2018 study 

The study showed that the brain region associated with self-awareness, social cognition, and social behaviors like grooming, had brain activation during ASMR.  

The results implied that ASMR videos activate the brain similarly to actual social engagement.  

In addition, researchers also suggested that ASMR may trigger the release of neurohormones, which could explain why some people feel sleepy, comforted, and relaxed with ASMR.  

However, not all enjoy ASMR. Some even reported feeling stress and sadness while listening to it. Others have become immune to it and no longer produce a “tingling sensation.”  

 

ASMR Purported Benefits  

Some of the claimed benefits of ASMR include:  

  • Slows down heart rates and breathing  
  • Better sleep  
  • Boosts mood  
  • Helps with pain
      

Although ASMR was welcomed in a positive light, more research is needed when it comes to treating conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, and anxiety.  

Its potential use as one of the tools to address the following conditions needs more evidence to substantiate claims.  

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SOURCE: 
https://www.healthline.com/health/autonomous-sensory-meridian-response#fa-qs 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6010208/ 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6209833/ 

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322241#Studying-ASMR-online-and-in-the-laboratory 

https://www.uclahealth.org/news/large-portion-population-may-feel-asmr-benefits#:~:text=An%20ASMR%20study%20in%202017,improving%20mood%20and%20pain%20symptoms

https://www.verywellmind.com/why-anxious-neurotic-people-are-more-likely-to-experience-and-benefit-from-asmr-5219321

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