What is ASMR?
Autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR for short, is what people experience when they feel a “tingling sensation” in their brain. However, this is not the case for everyone. Although many people vouch for ASMR and its effects, there are people who cannot experience this phenomenon. ASMR is different for everyone, so if it does not work for you it might simply mean that you are yet to find the trigger which stimulates your brain. Now, how does it work?
ASMR gives our body tingling sensations which can be triggered by sound, vision, or touch. This feeling in our bodies can help us calm down and feel relaxed which leaves us wanting more. This is caused by the dopamine our body produces after experiencing ASMR. Dopamine is a chemical our body produces when we feel pleasure or satisfaction. It also helps produce serotonin, which affects our mood and can help fight against depression. Although the connection between serotonin and depression is still unclear, it is known that when our levels of serotonin are high, there is a less likelihood of being depressed. Since ASMR can help produce serotonin, it can also help reduce depression in people.
Esports athletes are constantly in high pressure situations where any little mistake can cost them the match. Sometimes this pressure can get to our athletes making them feel tense and anxious before a competition. With ASMR, we can help them reduce their levels of anxiety allowing them to feel calm. Research at the University of Sheffield found that people who experienced ASMR had a reduced heartbeat allowing them to calm down. This can be a great tool for our competitors allowing them to improve and perform better overall.
With Esports growing rapidly, competition is becoming tougher. We want to give our athletes every tool at our disposal to increase their performance. ASMR helps us reach this goal together with our competitors and within our community as well. It is a great tool that not only can be used to increase performance but also help people with mental health issues. The field of ASMR still requires much research to determine efficacy and with it growing we can expect more research in the future.