Mental Health, Wellness / Self-Care

Research proves that ASMR can reduce Anxiety

It’s legit.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 27, 2022

ASMR videos are similar to Marmite, in that they appeal to a wide range of people. Hearing an ASMRtist speak the word “relax” repeatedly into a Blue Yeti mic may give some folks the creeps. Others, however, may experience an immensely soothing sensation known as ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response).


A person with ASMR feels a tingling feeling that starts on the scalp and goes down the neck and spine. Not everyone feels it–some people actively dislike the videos–and those who do frequently have varied “triggers.” While acrylic nails on glass may work for one individual, stroking a microphone with a cosmetics brush may work for another.


The tingling feeling have long been recommended as a means to cure stress and insomnia, but there’s been nothing more than anecdotal proof for its mental health advantages for years. Thousands of people have said that listening to ASMR videos helped them relax or feel calmer, as evidenced by the popularity of numerous ASMR YouTube channels: For example, ASMR Darling has over 2.5 million subscribers, while Gibi ASMR has nearly 4 million.


New research has exonerated everyone who has been mocked for listening to recordings of people talking and tapping items. According to a study, it can aid people with their mental health. Volunteers reported less anxiety after watching a 5-minute ASMR film with a variety of triggers. People with anxiety and high degrees of neuroticism are more prone to experience it in the first place.


Therefore, it could truly serve as an intervention for individuals who suffer from anxiety and neuroticism. Founder of ASMR University, Dr. Craig Richard, and host of the Sleep Whispers podcast, shared: “ASMR has been consistently reported to help people to feel more relaxed, feel less stressed, and fall asleep more easily […] even people with severe conditions of anxiety and insomnia are reporting benefits of ASMR.”


Long-time aficionados have apparently been using videos to self-soothe for years, and these findings will come as no surprise to anyone who has felt the ecstasy of tingles or even that soothing sound of someone poking slime with their fingers. At the very least, it’s now scientifically confirmed that falling asleep while watching Victoria Pedretti tear up a sheet of paper isn’t odd at all.



In other somewhat related news, Twitch adds new category for animal livestreams.


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