In November 2012 whilst searching for ‘relaxation videos’ on YouTube I eventually stumbled across a sweet blonde lady with a Russian accent talking about ASMR tingles her name is Maria (aka Gentlewhispering) I soon realised she was talking about the feeling I had experienced all my life and from that moment everything changed for me. Through further searching I discovered a whole community of people from all over the world talking about this lovely feeling – it was a truly exciting and enlightening time. I came across so many more content creators too and went about discovering my favourite voices and triggers.
After 6 months of viewing ASMR videos before bed I was sleeping better than I had in a long time. I was able to trigger this feeling for myself before falling asleep which helped to clear my mind of it’s ‘things I really must do but can’t right now, however I’m still going to lay awake thinking about them’ list. In April 2014 excited to be more involved, I decided to create a UK ASMR community by starting the Facebook group ‘ASMR UK’ now ‘ASMR UK & Ireland’. A place to arrange meet-ups discuss research happening in the UK, share videos etc.. It was a great way to connect to other people with the same experiences.