Have you ever experienced a tingling sensation in your head that spread to your neck and relaxed you? Maybe this was a reaction to watching a mundane task or hearing a crisp, soft sound?

If yes, then you have experienced an ASMR.        

What is ASMR?

Short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, ASMR is a trigger that one feels in the crown of their head when one comes across specific audio, video, smell, or touch.

This sensation leaves the person feeling calm and more connected. This has led to an emergence of an entire ASMR industry which is rapidly growing.

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However, these sounds are not white noises. They are noises that capture nuances of sounds of someone whispering, tapping fingers, brushing hair, etc. These videos stimulate a triggering sensation to relax you.

Here are a few examples of ASMR inducing videos:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8dLlGvroac
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPf5Sz_CyWg&t=4s
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nheG5trfctw
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoagfiWOuBE
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPH2VnnOK9o

So then, What is White Noise, and how is it different from ASMR?

White Noise is a sound that has a constant amplitude. It consists of sounds having different frequencies but the same intensity.

It masks other noises and occurs naturally in the environment. Here’s an example, The sound of beach ways that may soothe you. These white noises are generally used to overcome sleeping disorders.

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Here’s a list of the top ten white noises that you need to experience:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMfPqeZjc2c
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubNfkpbxXUs
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of3wJ8fWJQ0
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Gm8UvxKlU
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkLRith2wcc

What are the benefits of listening to ASMR or White Noises?

If you had a bad day, chances are you will be upset about it and won’t be in a good mood. Listening to ASMR or White noise can calm you and help you enhance your mood. Research has also indicated that white noise is beneficial to relax the elderly and people having Dementia.

It also has the potential to help children study better, improve their concentration span and help them sleep better.

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While ASMR and White Noises help cope with stress, anxiety, and sleep disorders, it is not an alternative for therapy or professional medical treatments.

The research regarding these triggers is still in its nascent stage, and there is a lot more to explore.

Today we live in a deafening world where we might struggle to get minutes of silence and peace of mind. Thus, we all need something to fall back onto, and both ASMR and White Noises have promising potential.

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