Having recently become an ASMR meditation practitioner, I have been delving more and more into the topic. And, from watching numerous ASMRtists in videos and reading the reactions of people, I have come to realize that head tingle triggers are numerous and varied.
With sound being the main trigger for the brain tingling sensation, I have also learnt that people can get an autonomous sensory meridian response to almost any sound. Here are six ASMR sound triggers that you probably haven’t heard about but could give you that head tingling sensation you seek.
- Rustling book leaves: Watching and listening to someone turning the pages of a book may not seem like ASMR material. But, from exploring a few YouTube videos, it seems this is a trigger for quite a few people based on their comments. The type of books can vary from hardcovers to magazines, and the page-flipping actions can go from pretty languid to crisp. Quite a few people agree that the rustling sound of the book leaves, often without any speech or music, is able to relax them and even induce sleep.
- Oral sounds: If you like how a wet kiss sounds, this just might be the ASMR trigger that sets off tingles in the back of your head. While these sounds made with the mouth may gross out some people, others have reported getting massive head tingles that relax them. In addition to the sound of wet kisses, other oral sounds that may act as ASMR stimuli include eating sounds and the sound of wetting the lips.
- Interesting word triggers: It does not matter if you have a vast, or limited vocabulary, there are certain words that have been declared as ASMR trigger words. These words have been sworn by a number of people to give awesome brain tingles that are calming and relaxing. From simple words such as “tusk,” “book” and “cat” to somewhat more complicated words such as “Kabuki,” “smitten” and “squish,” you could be triggered by an ASMR video with someone saying these words repeatedly or while listening to a friend talk.
- Typing: The mechanical sound of tapping the keys of a computer keyboard or old typewriter is also identified as another ASMR sound trigger that could bring about that tingling head feeling. People who reported being triggered by the click-clacking sound identified different scenarios, from watching ASMR videos on YouTube to listening to their co-workers typing.
- Fizzing sounds: If you love beer or soda, this may just be the brain orgasm trigger you have been missing. This is no excuse to not drink responsibly, but a number of people agree that the fizzing sound made by opened cans of beer and soda is quite relaxing. For these people, the hissing sound of carbon dioxide escaping in a hurry, somehow gave them goosebumps while giving a head tingle.
- Animal sounds: From cat purrs to wolves howling in the distance, a number of animal sounds have been identified as ASMR head tingle triggers. If you have pets, it might just be a matter of you listening closer to the sounds they make, or you could watch ASMR sleep and relaxation videos that portray animal sounds.
There are many more ASMR sound triggers being experienced by people. What’s your weirdest trigger to date? I would love to hear from you.