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Pink: The Other White Noise


Somewhere between crashing ocean waves and getting a bad TV transmission signal like it’s 1986 all over again is what is known as “pink noise.” If you’ve ever slept with the fan on or had a radio stuck between channels, you’re probably familiar with “white noise,” which has been widely used in devices to help you crash more easily at night (and help block the sound of that neighbor across the street watching old reruns of Cheers until 3 a.m.). But pink noise is its lesser known cousin, one that makes, by comparison, white noise seem like the shrill scream of nails on a chalkboard.

Pink noise can be found in abundance in nature. It’s that thing you hear when wind blows through the trees or rain hits pavement. In a word: pleasant. Possessing a perfectly consistent frequency, the slow and steady purr of pink noise regulates your life-ravaged brain waves, which makes it good for some seriously restful sleep (maybe not so good for the workplace?). The benefit of sluggish and length brainwaves during a good nap is associated with information processing and memory, meaning falling asleep to pink waves can help you out during your waking hours

As an experiment, we decided to try this out in the office using one of the thousands of free “pink noise channels” available on YouTube. The result? We know this thing is supposed to be highly meditative and the ultimate in relaxation, but—to be totally honest—this thing feels like falling down a narrow plastic straw into the endless void from which you will never return. 

Our advice? Try to find this stuff in the real world. 


Image courtesy of Troy Carter and Electronic Products.