Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) has been widely reported to relieve insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, and a whole lot of other wonderful things!

Sometimes referred to as Mind Massage, ASMR uses a palette of binaural sounds – such as tapping, scratching, and whispering – to generate an enjoyable sensation of tingling and goosebumps, which is commonly considered to be very relaxing. Compared to the short chill effect which can be experienced through music, ASMR can induce a long-lasting pleasant sensation – which probably explains why it is currently being used by millions of people. The immersive soundscapes in SonicTonic have been created using a combination of special binaural surround microphones and custom 3D spatial audio software.

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SonicTonic is a self-management app that uses Receptive Sound Therapy for influencing thoughts and feelings to bring about positive changes in mood, attitude, and actions.  Its  science-based  design helps to reduce stress, improve sleep, aid relaxation, boost concentration, and even increase boost concentration and learning capabilities. It also addresses a number of other issues, such as anxiety, burnout, depression, and phobias.

You might have seen one of the thousands of videos about ASMR on YouTube or Instagram. Although ASMR has become somewhat of a wide-spread trend in the last few years, there is some real science behind it and it can really relax you. Here we tell you everything you need to know.

ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a huge trend. In fact, there are more searches for ASMR on YouTube than for candy or chocolate! ASMR is one of the ingredients in our tonics, but what is it? And how can it help you relax?

What is ASMR?

Coined in 2010, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a relaxing, often sedative sensation that begins on the scalp and moves down the body triggered by specific sounds. It’s been compared to the chills you get when someone plays with your hair, scratches your head or traces their fingertips on your head or back, and is said to start at the head and spread to the spine.

Sometimes referred to as literal “Mind Massage,” ASMR is triggered by listening to hushed voices, white noise and other binaural sonic-triggers – such as tapping, scratching, and whispering, all of which generate a tingling feeling or goosebumps, which many find really relaxing.

The experience is largely unstudied among researchers and mental health professionals. But with more than 13 million ASMR videos on YouTube from creators all around the world, ASMR clearly has an effect.

How can ASMR help me manage stress?

What’s more, many people claim the effects of ASMR help them with their overall mental health and ASMR has been widely reported to relieve insomnia, anxiety, migraines and panic attacks. It’s also used to help sleep, with many people searching for videos at around 10pm.

Researchers are now looking into ASMR more and more. Giulia Poerio, a researcher and faculty member at the University of Sheffield’s department of psychology, spearheaded a recent study and has this to say about her results:

“Our research consistently shows that ASMR is a relaxing, calming sensation that increases feelings of social connectedness,” she said. “Importantly, we found that ASMR videos produce significant reductions in heart rate in people who experience ASMR, so we now have more objective evidence of the idea that ASMR is relaxing. It’s not just people telling us that ASMR makes them feel relaxed. Their physiology is telling us the same thing too.”

As opposed to the short chill which can be experienced through music, ASMR can induce a long-lasting sensation that can help people to switch off anxiety or panic-inducing thoughts, and relax.

SonicTonic uses custom 3D audio software for creating its immersive soundscapes, as well as a special stereo microphone with a head and ears, so if you ever wanted to experience ASMR at its best, this is it! Just download the app and get started.

To get a better idea of what ASMR is all about, here is a collection of the best ASMR videos on the web – compiled by our friends at Nestmaven.

97 Best ASMR Videos To Help Relieve Stress And Fall Asleep Faster

Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? Or wake up too early and spend hours staring at the ceiling unable to fall asleep again? Well, the good news is that ASMR, could help you.

ASMR, which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, is a relatively new phenomenon. It describes a feeling of euphoric tingling and relaxation that can be triggered by listening to certain sounds. Not only does this sensation feel nice, it can also help you to fall asleep and stay asleep, here we tell you how.

ASMR has become a big trend in recent years, especially on YouTube, where thousands of ASMR artists are producing videos every day designed to help viewers to fall asleep or relax. Many of the sounds that trigger ASMR include brushing, soft whispering, mic scratching, tapping and positive affirmations. Typing in ASMR  also brings up clips from a 1980s US television series in which the artist Bob Ross teaches the viewer how to paint. It’s said that the sounds of dabbing paint onto canvas along with his calming voice make for a great ASMR experience. At first glance, watching someone scratch a mic, whisper or tap repeatedly might seem strange, but these videos have millions of views and ASMR has attracted a huge following, especially among those who suffer from anxiety and insomnia.

How does ASMR help with sleep?

Although not everyone feels the tingling, listening to sounds such as whispering or scratching, which are associated with massage and calm moments, can help you to fall asleep and sleep better. ASMR is known for causing bliss followed by sleepiness, so it offers a way to overcome the stress of the day as it helps you to push out thoughts that make it difficult for you to sleep, helping you to fall into a deep sleep without being interrupted.

How does it work?


Researchers think that ASMR comes from the need to bond with other human beings. A lot of the noises, i.e. whispering, scratching etc. are noises that are usually only heard when you’re close to someone. And the feelings that many report as an effect of ASMR are feelings that come from close relationships, i.e. feelings of security, happiness, euphoria and relaxation. It’s also been linked to feelings from childhood. Lullabies, soft voices and whispers might remind us of happier moments when we were comforted by our parents or family. So why not try it out tonight?

SonicTonic uses ASMR in its tonics to help you to relax, the tonics are also long, so that you can drift off whilst listening. With ASMR you don’t need to learn anything, so just download our app on the App Store or Google Play store and try out our sleep tonics for yourself. Sweet dreams.

Writer: Barrat, Emma L. & Davis, Nick J.
Source: Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 by the Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom

ASMR needs to be triggered by different practises (or productions) of sounds. The scientists in the UK named and prioritised these triggers, and evaluated their uses in terms of chronic pain and pain relief, mood changes and some form of meditation (as referred to with “flow-state”). Interestingly, there are different experiences of ASMR, which depends on the listening person. We chose the most effective ASMR triggers for our tonics to assure an effect for every person. The outcome of ASMR is a tinkling feeling, which produces the mentioned positive effects.


ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a phenomena that, despite being used for relaxation daily by millions of people, has been researched very little. ASMR, could be described as a sort of mind massage that is administered through the ears. It provides a pleasant sensation of goosebumps and chills caused by stereo sounds having a binaural effect, which many find pleasing.

The sounds, which can be anything from scratching, whispering and tapping, give the effect of being three-dimensional as they move from ear to ear. Live sounds are recorded with special 3-D binaural microphones whereas the electronic sounds are produced using special software.