Somewhere along the line I got used to falling asleep with music, or television. I need something other than white noise going on in the background in order to drift off. Could be that I need to distract my brain from running wild, or that the song and dance my fridge does by making ice at odd hours of the night needs to be blocked for me to get my zzz's. ASMR lets me fall asleep without getting too involved in the story. I find the soft speech more soothing than tingle-inducing, but it is relaxing. Don't tell you didn't have a teacher at some point in your life whose voice could put you into REM sleep within ten minutes.
ASMR is an acronym for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Not all people experience the sensation, but for those that do, it's a soft tingle that travels along the spine, up the back of the neck and skull, or down the arms.
Headphones, especially over the ear ones, are best for checking to see if you experience the sensation. I know I'm calmed and soothed by this type of content, so I can get just as effective a result with my little earbuds too.
If you're curious whether or not you're one of the people who experiences the tingling sensation, I've linked a video by one of my favorite and most prolific ASMRtists below. She also explains the sensations better than I ever could, partnered with some "triggers" you might react to. There's a host of other channels to check out intermixed, but if you listen to it, don't forget the headphones!
And if you already watch AMSR videos, who are some of your favorite performers?
I'd better steer clear of hitting replay on the video above, or damn...I'm likely to crawl back into bed instead of getting some work done today!