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Updated 29 September 2015

This video of someone playing with Lego could give you an orgasm

A new style of video that claims to cure insomnia by stimulating your mind is making waves on the internet

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Watching someone build a very small version of the Burj Kalifa, the world’s tallest building, out of Lego might not sound like a wild night to you, but it should. Filmed in a certain way, seemingly ordinary acts like this can cause your brain to flip out and enter an orgasmic state.

The phenomenon is called autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR and it refers to a tingling feeling at the top of the head that is being punted as a therapeutic approach to a range of problems. The response is being billed as orgasm-like because of the way it affects the same neural areas and imbues most of the same benefits as an effective bout of lovemaking, it just does it with a computer screen and some headphones.

The post-orgasmic state is one of the most relaxed periods a brain can be in. Therefore, this relatively easy way of getting there could be transformative for those struggling with certain conditions. Chronic anxiety, insomnia and depression could potentially be treated with this intervention, reports the Huffington Post.

The videos are usually accompanied by a whispered narrative in a slow, calm voice akin to that commonly associated with hypnosis. The subject of the video are pretty broad, from the Lego mentioned above, to crinkling cellophane, eye exams and haircuts. Anything that is methodical and calm makes for excellent subject matter.

The largest audience for these videos is insomniacs who use the videos to put their brain in a calmer mood before going to bed in the hope of improving their sleep. While the evidence is largely anecdotal at this point, comments on the videos seem to indicate that a large number of people find them effective. They are also, however, somewhat creepy and probably wouldn’t fall under the “easy-viewing” category.

Nonetheless, chronic insomnia can drive sufferers to try any cure available. Solid scientific evidence will certainly shine light on the mechanism and efficacy of ASMR in the near future but for now it’s a case of if it works, it works.

Below are a selection of ASMR videos, let us know what you think in the comments!





Read more:

How to have a 30-minute orgasm

Exercise can help your orgasms

The health risks of not sleeping

 

 
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