• The Canadian coast guard icebreaker, Des Groseilliers

    The Canadian coast guard icebreaker, CCGS Des Groseilliers, on Frobisher Bay. A video posted to YouTube at the end of January features 10 hours of ambient "Arctic noise," including creaking ice, howling winds and the rumble of an unknown icebreaker's engines. (Photo: Fiona Hunt/Can Geo Photo Club)

File this under 'oddly satisfying:' A video posted to YouTube at the end of January features 10 hours of ambient "Arctic noise" intended as a sleep/study aid. Layers of seamlessly looped sounds, including whistling wind, creaking ice and the low thrum of an icebreaker's engines evoke the endless night of Arctic winter.

The recording is a mix of real and artificial audio, origin unknown, that turns out to be almost as soothing as the sound of falling rain or rolling waves. 

Hit play on the video below the next time you need to block out the world in order to power through some work or bag a solid night's sleep; just don't blame us if you end up having nightmares about the Franklin expedition