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Trouble sleeping at night?
Have you ever heard of ASMR?
That stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Also (charmingly) known as a “brain tingle”.
I was introduced to ASMR by a friend years ago, and since I knew it worked for him, I jumped on the bandwagon too!
According to Wikipedia, it’s a
“tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine [caused by certain sounds].”
There typically needs to be a trigger or stimuli in order for the tingling to start.
These triggers can come from whispers or softly talking to mundane sounds like tapping or turning a page.
Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of scientific evidence surrounding this topic (there are only a handful of studies so far!).
It’s hard to measure and not everyone experiences the sensation.
Some of the authorities have equated it to the pleasure derived from getting your ears cleaned or primates grooming each other.
Kind of kooky, right?
I know, I was skeptical at first too.
Watch some of the most popular ASMR videos below to see if you get the tingle!
ASMR offers several genres for you to explore with each one being popular for a unique trigger.
For example, some people watch ASMR for sleeping or relaxing, helping them study, and some do it purely for entertainment (like me!).
According to Psychology Today, many people with depression, insomnia, and chronic pain watch ASMR videos.
So let’s find out which ones are the most popular today!
Top YouTube ASMRists
Depending on the experience and skill level of the ASMRtist, you either feel the relaxing brain tingle or just wasted your time.
If you’re an ASMR veteran, then you’ve probably heard of these 3 ladies before.
If not, then I’d suggest you start off watching the 3 most popular ASMRists on YouTube!
The Gentle Whisperer
Also known as ‘Gentle Whispering’, this Russian ASMR YouTuber’s real name is Maria Viktorovna.
Maria was born on July 22nd, 1986, making her 33 years old in 2019.
She moved to the US in 2006, started her channel in 2011 and grew her subscribers to over 1.7 million.
Check her out below to see if you like her style.
Gibi ASMR is a popular American ASMR YouTuber with over 2.1 million subscribers as of July 2019.
She hasn’t disclosed her real name for obvious privacy reasons, but we know that she was born on December 19th 1994, making her just 24 years old.
Her rise to fame on began in 2016, when she first started to create ASMR videos on YouTube.
Here is her most popular video – it’s been watched an astonishing 13.3 million times.
Taylor Darling runs ASMR Darling since 2016. This American ASMRist was born on May 14th, 1997 (22 years old in 2019) and has over 2.3 million subscribers to date.
She tried to keep her identity private as she has been the victim of stalking and doxing, but that’s hard to do when you are famous on the net!
Check out her videos here:
NSFW stands for Not Safe For Work, as in it features adult content.
As you can guess, it’s one of the most popular categories.
A lot of ASMRtists incorporate nudity through a series of role-playing stories and trigger sensations using body gestures and sounds.
You’re likely to find it arousing as both sex and ASMR are intimate things.
Here are some popular NSFW Channels:
Olivia Kissper ASMR
A famous ASMRtists from Czech Republic who often talks about the relation between ASMR and sexual arousal.
She has majored in psychology and consciousness studies.
Her videos can be helpful if you want to learn more about the subject.
Typically, ASMRtists consciously speak in soft tones and act gently, whereas it’s entirely accidental with unintentional ASMR.
Some may be triggered by the sound of an object, while a random act like cleaning or painting does it for others.
It’s uniquely based on the person.
An Indian YouTuber, famous for his head massage videos. He died of a heart attack in 2018, but his videos are still popular.
A famous painter, whose videos became unintentional ASMR, also passed away.
His YouTube channel features a lot of videos of him painting and narrating what he’s doing.
ASMR or not, I love how he makes painting look so easy!
Pure Unintentional ASMR by INeedToSleepNow
This channel contains old interviews of well-known personalities.
The soft tone of these people induces a relaxing state.