Friday, March 15, 2013

ASMR Poll: ASMR and Insomnia

Insomnia is another long-standing topic of discussion in the community. It turns out, after looking through posts on Twitter, tumblr, Facebook etc., that quite a number of people use trigger videos on YouTube to help them overcome this disorder or other sleep issues and to get some much needed rest.

There are also apps out there, several of them free, that aim to aid in the quest for sleep by reducing the brightness on one’s monitor while watching videos – seeing as the brightness level of the monitor could be partially responsible for the lack of sleep, (it’s somehow tied in to the production of melatonin) – while others have a timer, so that trigger videos or sounds will stop playing after a while so as to prevent you from being woken up after you’ve just drifted off. Anyone who has ever had a relaxing session interrupted by a loud ad on YouTube should know what I’m on about!

It wasn’t too long ago that I was contacted by a journalist who wanted to do a story on ASMR and its potential use as a treatment for certain ailments including insomnia. I thought it would be interesting to have this as the subject for this new poll. So let’s look at the options that will be available for you to vote for. This poll will be different from past ones, because you can vote for multiple options.

This poll is open to both ASMR experiencers and non-experiencers. Even if you do not get ASMR, you may still be interested in voting on some of the options here.

And the nominees… erm, I mean options are:

  1. I suffer from insomnia, and do not experience ASMR
  2. I experience ASMR, and do not suffer from insomnia
  3. I experience ASMR and suffer from insomnia
  4. I believe ASMR and insomnia are somehow related – perhaps ASMR is a symptom of insomnia; insomniacs are more likely to experience ASMR or vice versa
  5. I don’t believe ASMR and insomnia are connected at all
  6. I actively use ASMR triggers of any sort to help induce sleep
  7. I do not use ASMR triggers of any sort to help induce sleep
  8. ASMR helps me overcome insomnia and sleep
  9. ASMR does not help my insomnia at all

The poll is available on the sidebar to the right, and will be open until the 14th of June, expiring after approximately 3 months, or 90 days. Any comments you wish to leave to support your choice(s) can of course be left on this post.


  1. I find that if I am sleep deprived, I get ASMR during the day far more easily. Especially in the morning.

    Years ago I had an intense ASMR experience with a Russian colleague speaking english with his very heavy accent. He was telling me a visual joke using a matchbox, and it involved intimate verbal and hand interaction. (In fact its triggering ASMR via memory right now - I don't subscribe to the type-A type-B tomfoolery, its just not that simple and its too early to be making up such categories).

    At the time I was quite sleep deprived, burning the candle at both ends (largely because I hated the job so much - I eventually got sacked because I couldnt be bothered turning up anymore - my Russian colleague was one of the few things I enjoyed about the job).

    It remains one of my most intense ASMR memories, and can still trigger me by recalling it.

    So yes, empirically and anecdotally, in my case, I would have to say yes there is a link between sleep and ASMR.

  2. I concur with anonymous; I'm much more susceptible to tingles the morning after sleep deprivation. As for the vids being useful for sleep, they certainly can make me drowsy but watching videos in bed and drifting off to sleep seem to be examples of poor sleep hygiene thay sleep experts might advise against.


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