I have trouble falling asleep, is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) a solution?

Question: I have trouble falling asleep and suffer from anxiety, is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) a solution? I heard that ASMR is used by people to help with anxiety and sleep problems. I really don’t know if Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a fad or just fake. Should I try it?

Answer: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is an experience which is not well documented nor has been studied in depth by the medical field. ASMR is basically a sensory experience felt by some people – not all people – when watching a specially designed video which elicits a calming “tingling” sensation localized to the scalp and neck – this works for some people only. It is said that it does help with anxiety and sleep disorders because it creates a meditation like effect. Should you try it? I don’t think it can hurt, so why not. You can search on YouTube for these kind of videos….have fun!

Thanks for your question.

Dr. John Claude

Cold room temperatures give me headaches and migraines?

I am searching for the medical term or explanation to a condition that I got ever since the following happened:

I was renting for a couple of years a flat (in a relatively new development/house) from a landlord, who refused to fix anything in it, including the heating, which was not working at all (from the very beginning) all winter long.
(I live in Europe by the way)

I was forced to sleep in a room with cold air. And then would get up with horrible headaches and migraines, because of that.

The thing it, it is now already a couple of years after I no longer live in that place, but the health damage still remains!

I am now sensitive to any somewhat cold room temperature (I believe already anything below 25 degrees Celsius), and still get up with forehead pain if having slept in anything but a warm room.
It is always the forehead that aches afterwards.

Please could you advise me what this is, if there is any medical term for this (it’s not hypothermia is it?), and if there is anything I could do in order to reverse the permanent damage which was caused.
(I never before, prior to living in the said flat under the described conditions, suffered from this phenomenon)
It is very impairing and debilitating to me and I cannot have a normal life (without needing to worry about if a room is warm enough, and without suffering forehead pain) anymore due to this.

Thank you very much in advance for your help and advice.

Sprayed and breathed in too much Raid, now feel exhausted and hard to breathe?

Question: I’m 26 years old, (27 on Monday) and there were 3 spiders in my bedroom, so panicking, I grabbed raid and sprayed them until they were visibly dead. It was a large amount of raid, and I was too scared to call anyone or  wake my family up to ask what I should do fix it. So I cracked my bedroom door open and went to sleep. I felt alright the next morning, extremely exhausted, and spent most of the day in my bedroom, still highly aware of the raid fumes in my bedroom. It is now hard for me to breathe, and I feel extremely exhausted. What should I do? (also I cant see a doctor)


Answer: Raid contains dangerous chemicals. In particular Cypermethrin and Imiprothrin. When using Raid (different Raid products contain different chemicals) you should always follow the recommendations of the manufacturer. And this should apply to any and all types of pesticides. In case of any event where inhaling a dangerous substance is involved, the FIRST RESPONSE is always the same:  It’s important that you move to fresh air immediately. Stay away from all toxic fumes and gases. Thoroughly ventilate the involved area.

I do think that you used quit a lot of Raid to kill the spiders in your room. By the looks of it maybe a little too much. And you should have refreshed the air by opening a window. But a severe reaction to Raid and its pesticide chemical properties would of occurred with the first 6 hours after use.  Severe reactions would necessarily include coughing, some form of congestion as well as difficulty breathing.

I believe you have not suffered a dangerous exposure – you do not mention any coughing in your question. So I would recommend getting some fresh air (for both you and the room) and continue monitoring your symptoms. Should your difficulty breathing persist or worsen or should other symptoms manifest themselves, please consult your Doctor, visit ER or call a Poison Control  center.

Dr. John Claude


if its been 24 hours till now after your sprayed raid and you don’t feel any alarming symptoms like vomiting,disorientation etc,then you should not worry. feeling exhausted can be due to transient effect. open all the doors and windows of the room. breathe fresh air as much as possible. don’t worry

Dr. Mahaveer

hello there
if you are experiencing difficulty in breathing and exhausted, then you have surely inhaled more of the fumes that may be hazardous. drink plenty of fluids and water. consult a doctor and take a antidote if possible. if this isnt possible, shift to a place with fresh and flowing air


First of all you have to move to fresh air Imediately. Drink a lot of water and milk right away, Unless you have symptoms that make it hard to swallow. These include vomiting, convulsions, or a decreased level of alertness. And in that case you need to go to ER.
You can also go to the hospital to take an Oxygen therapy session.