Insomnia trouble? easyJet would like to sooth you with uninterrupted jet engine noise – and buying their album will help kids with challenges sleeping.

If you’re trying to sleep, silence is actually not really what you probably want. There’s nothing quite like white noise – and few things better for generating that then the purr of a couple of turbofan engines on your Airbus at altitude.

easyJet have made a full album of those sounds. And in a nod to the Beach Boys, of course the album is called Jet Sounds.

Have a watch, though it very nearly put me to sleep whilst writing this:

The flight: London Gatwick to Nice.
Altitude: 39,000 feet (just under 12,000 meters).
The engines: CFM International CFM56 “twin spool, high bypass, turbo fan engines” – that’s actually the older engine on the Airbus A320, not the NEO pictured in the promo video. But it does indeed have some nice harmonics, and it’s probably what you get if you fly easyJet. (CFM is a joint venture of the USA’s GE and France’s Safran. Of course I know this off the top of my head, and totally not via Wikipedia.)

There is a benefit here other than just promoting airplanes and easyJet. (Environmentalists, easyJet are working on hybrid proposals.) Proceeds go to The Children’s Sleep Charity, “to help further support children and families with sleep issues and provide accredited training for professionals.”

Now, someone just needs to do a Realistic easyJet Remix where this sound is interrupted by someone trying to sell you duty-free.

Behind on your sleep? Here’s a 10-hour version on YouTube:

Singles:

News release

Via Das Filter [German only]

  • Daniel Courville

    “There’s nothing quite like white noise”.

    Actually there’s something better: pink noise. Most sounds that people call “white noise”, or “similar to white noise”, are most often than not closer to pink noise (3 dB per octave fall off), if not brown noise (6 dB per octave fall off).

  • Seriously? The last thing I want when I’m on a plane or when I’m trying to sleep (anywhere) is anything BUT noise. There’s a reason why I’ve got headphones with active noise cancelling and soft earplugs with me pretty much everywhere.

    Noise causes stress. And any sound can turn into stress inducing noise depending on where you are and what you do. This must be a late, poor April Fool’s Day joke.

    • Future

      In fact, there are many studies suggesting that white or pink noise really improves sleep. But of course this is very individual.

      • Velocipede

        I remember reading that people find noise like jets and fans relaxing because the womb is like a pink noise chamber.

        • Max

          I don’t know to esoteric for my taste.
          I think it works because it kind of isolates you from surrounding noises.

    • Vlad Spears

      I sleep with white noise. I’ve always had trouble sleeping without it. My brain won’t go down in silence.

      When I’m writing or programming, I tend toward ambient noise environments. “Jet Sounds” is also perfect for focusing on these kind tasks.

    • Edit: I realise I might be a special case due to my tinnitus. But then again, a lot of people suffer from that too. In any case, it might indeed be a personal preference thing.

  • Robin Parmar

    When she was young, I made my daughter a recording of a stream and burnt it to CD. She could loop this to prevent insomnia. Still my most popular release!

  • baju-baju

    I fly way too much to find this amusing…
    Where are the screaming babies?

  • Yermom

    “THIS IS JUST SO SOOTHING!”
    “WHAT?!”
    “THIS IS EXTREMELY RELAXING!”
    “I CAN’T HERE YOU!”

  • draeger

    jet noise is not white noise – it’s more like pink noise with other colors mixed in