How to Unlock your ASMR Triggers

If you’re new to ASMR, chances are you’re either trying to find out if you can experience what others have been talking about or exploring different sensory triggers.

Whatever the case, unlocking ASMR brain tingling triggers are seemingly easier for some people than others. Let’s talk about how you can increase your chances of experiencing this life-changing sensation more often than not.

ASMR, which means autonomous sensory meridian response, is a pleasurable feeling of tingling in the head that can relax you and even help you fall asleep. Described as a brain orgasm or ‘braingasm’, the tingling feeling in the head is triggered mainly by different sounds but can also come from physical and visual stimuli. Different people who experience ASMR have different triggers, and some have numerous triggers. However, there are those who have not yet found their trigger, which begs the question of whether everyone is able to experience head tingles from ASMR.

It is believed that almost everyone can experience ASMR, since most people have in fact felt tingles in their heads as young children. Over time, some people may forget or block out these tingling sensations and the stimuli that triggered them but as many ASMR newbies have found out, all it takes is the right trigger.

So, how can you unlock these ASMR triggers and start reaping the sleep and relaxation benefits of these tingles in the back of the head? There are many ways but let’s look at a few:

  1. Watch different ASMR videos on YouTube: You can find a plethora of videos on YouTube focusing on different ASMR sound and visual triggers, from female whisperers to role players who carry out visually interesting actions. Depending on where your research takes you, you may come across ASMR videos that seem pretty mundane, such as someone blabbering endlessly in an enhanced microphone; or weird content, such as someone whispering in accent you don’t understand while scratching a piece of cloth. As long as you feel comfortable with what you’re watching/listening to, you should explore them all, because your trigger could be anything, regardless of how boring or wild it may seem.


  1. Indulge in more personal attention activities: Some people are able to experience ASMR hand relaxation from people touching them. This can be in situations such as getting a massage, a head rub, doing your nails, seeing the doctor/ dentist, or getting a haircut/styling. If you haven’t done any of these in a while, now would be a good time to do so in order to find out if you can get head tingles in any of these ways.


  1. Start paying attention: Whether you’re riding on the train or watching animals at the zoo, start paying more attention to your body and how it reacts to sensory stimuli around you. Many times, you may be on the verge of a head tingling feeling but miss out because you’re not paying attention to your body. The more aware you are of your body’s sensory responses, the easier it will be to recognize and open up to triggers that could elicit brain tingles which relax you and help you fall asleep.

It is important that you try to find your ASMR triggers because the pleasurable feeling of head tingles can help you live a better life. Let me know what your triggers are and how you found them.