I have a pretty serious case of anxiety and therefore a pretty serious case of insomnia. Most mornings at three am, I find myself desperate to silence the chatter in my mind, desperate for a little peace.
I finally found it - on youtube.
Several years ago, I stumbled upon this video of a young man receiving a head massage in India.
The video is weirdly hypnotizing and relaxing especially given the video is loud and the massage itself even a bit...jarring. But I couldn't stop myself from watching it over and over again. Soon, I started clicking on other Indian head massage videos. After two or three videos, my eyes would droop and bam, I'd be asleep.
It got to the point where I'd sneak into bed with my tablet and tune into youtube to watch the video before falling asleep.
I started to feel like I had a dirty little secret.
Turns out - I'm not alone. This video, for one, has been watched nearly four million times as of today. There is a whole mini-cult of people who watch massage videos to calm down and are especially relaxed by videos of traditional Indian head massages.
Everyone's got something that soothes their soul.
Guess mine is just a little unorthodox.