Having trouble falling asleep is a pretty common problem. In fact 1 in 10 Americans suffer from insomnia, according to Yahoo news. In recent months, numerous articles and YouTube videos have appeared featuring a young woman named Ilse Blansert, aka the Sleep Whisperer.
Ilse Blansert discovered while growing up that certain sounds would make her feel very relaxed, peaceful and give her a feeling she describes as “tingly”. She did some research and in 2011 discovered the ASMR/whisper community. Ilse then realized that she was not the only one who could find calmness from listening to certain sounds.
ASMR or autonomous sensory meridian response is “characterized as a pleasurable tingling sensation in the scalp in response to visual, auditory, or cognitive stimuli that often helps people feel more relaxed and thereby, able to fall asleep,” stated Yahoo news.
According to the New York Times, there are nearly 2.6 million videos that use a variety of methods to evoke that tingly sensation.
Turning of pages of a book, whispering, tapping lightly on a table, folding towels and pouring water, are a few of the monotonous sounds and activities that those who need help relaxing can chose from. And here is where Ilse comes in.
Ilse’s website The Water Whisperer links to one of her YouTube channels called TheWaterwhispers.
There you can find an assortment of videos that help you feel the tingle sensation she describes and you can see if they help you relax and sleep. She also has two other channels full of ASMR videos.
And Ilse isn’t alone. The New York Times listed two other popular sleep whisperers, Maria of GentleWhispering, who whispers in Russian in some of her videos and Heather Feather, who makes two new ASMR videos each week. Each of these sleep whisperers have a strong following for their videos.