What is ASMR, and Can It Help Your Mental Health?

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What is ASMR, and Can It Help Your Mental Health?

ASMR is a practice that supposedly offers mental health benefits or simple pleasure. Some people find it relaxing and helpful to their wellbeing. Others find it disturbing and tension-inducing. So what is this trendy practice called ASMR?

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It’s not as official as it sounds. When the activity began around 2010, it needed a name. To be credible, it needed a name that sounded scientific, and ASMR was created.

The practice is a relaxation technique that uses subtle sounds to stimulate a tingling sensation on the head or neck. Some call it a “brain massage.” People listen to specific sounds, often on YouTube (watch one), that are designed to elicit that pleasurable, tingling sensation. Sounds are called triggers, which differ from person to person.

ASMR is said to benefit mental health by reducing:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain

Whether ASMR truly increases and improves mental health has yet to be determined. It’s piqued the interests of scientists who want to know if ASMR affects the brain, what the effects are, and how they occur. Currently, researchers are skeptical, but studies are underway to determine if ASMR is a legitimate mental health practice. For now, it’s a practice that can be done if you enjoy it, but it shouldn’t replace other mental health treatments.


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Peterson, T. (2019, February 11). What is ASMR, and Can It Help Your Mental Health?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Last Updated: February 12, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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