While looking for good sleep, I found fear of commitment.
Watching every episode of every “Law & Order” incarnation there is, lying on the couch, too anxious to face the bed (Why don’t I just marry it?!), lulled by the cadence of the dun-duns, I’d end up eating ramen noodles and watching TV until my brain cried “uncle.”
When she isn't whispering for others, Maria said she stretches to relax before bed. "It’s not something that is online necessarily, but I like to do stretches or yoga and put on meditation music or videos," Maria told Metro.
"I think it’s more preparing yourself to go to sleep that matters the most than having good sleep later on in the night."
Maria also suggests:
- Stay away from caffeine;
- Don't eat too much late at night;
- Create a ritual by turning off technology at a certain hour or drinking herbal tea;
- Make a list or plan of action if thoughts of "to dos" are plaguing you.
They say to turn off technology, but what if A/V does the trick?
Imagine a delicate voice, kissed by an Eastern European accent, telling you, “I sense that something could be troubling you and I would like to provide you with the comfort if you allow me.”
The voice belongs to Maria (surname withheld for privacy reasons), who started listening and watching autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos in 2010 to overcome her anxiety. Eventually, Maria started making her own videos under the name “Gentle Whispering” and is now the godmother — the OG, if you will — of ASMR videos.
ASMR gives the listener a tingly, euphoric sensation created by positive feelings, visual stimuli and acoustic triggers.