Most of the time we love to listen to music while falling asleep. Again some peoples can’t get to sleep if his/her partner/roommate snores or any external noise. All of these problems can be resolved by listening to music, relaxing sound or an audiobook while trying to get to sleep.
The first question that comes to our mind is can’t we just use the earbuds that come with our phone instead of looking for a new Headphone for sleeping? The answer is ‘NO’. Dedicated sleeping headphones are much better to use while sleeping than other headphones or earbuds. Unlike other headphones, they don’t cause any harm to your ears even if you a ‘side-sleeper’. In this post, we are focusing on picking the right headphone especially designed for peoples who need music to induce sleep.
Types of headphones: Earbuds, Headphones or Headbands :
Earbuds or In-ear Headphones :
These are the most commonly used headphones today. Earbuds or in-ear headphones can provide good sound quality and noise cancellation. Also, most in-ear headphones come with on-cord controls for music, phone calls, and volume. These are portable, light-weight and smaller in size. Only the earbuds with a soft outer cushion are good for wearing comfortably while sleeping. But they are not ideal for side sleepers.
Over-the-ear Headphones :
These types of headphones are designed to cover the ears with an ear cup. They are good at canceling noise.They are large, heavy and many users found uncomfortable if they wear them for a long time. Other drawbacks include the lack of portability. Over-the-ear headphones are ideal for peoples who sleeps only on the back .
Headbands are mainly designed to use as a ‘sleeping headphone’.They let you listen in comfort without any earbuds sticking in and out of your ears. The headbands can be also used as an eye mask. Normally, the speakers are designed flat and you can remove them and wash the band. Even if you are a side-sleeper or roller, these headphones are excellent choices.
It is really not easy to find the perfect pair. We have compiled a list of top 10 best headphones for sleeping in 2017-2018. So, let’s take a look at the list :
10. Sleepphones SC5BM Classic Headphones :
This classic headphone features headphones inside headband style, making listening audio in bed more comfortable without getting disturbed by any external noise. It is a wired headphone and can be connected to a 3.5 mm jack. That means you can connect it with almost all music playing devices: iPad, iPod, iPhone, other smartphones, music player, TV, white noise generator etc.The length of the cord is 4 feet. These ultra-thin headphones have no earbuds or ear-enclosure, you can even remove the headphones and wash it.
9. MAXROCK Sleep Earplugs :
MAXROCK sleep earplugs feature a super light design with 1.4 gram of one earplug that can deliver outstanding comfort while sleeping. This tips of the earplug are made from silicon that fits in the ear comfortably.If you are a side-sleeper, you can sleep wearing these headphones without feeling any pain in ears. As it is an in-ear headphone, almost all background noise is canceled out. The sound is also good, distortion free and clear. Using its in-line microphone, you can take calls , control and adjust the music using voice command. Additionally, you will get one zipper carry case with the earplugs.
8. BSeen Sleep Headbands :
BSeen headbands are made of soft, thin fleece, that keeps your ears warm in winter and absorbs sweat in summer.You can wash the band removing the built-in headphones.The inner headphones can be adjusted to get to the ears. The speakers are flat – circle design, so they will not hurt your ears even if you sleep on your side. The size of the wire is 45.5 inch and it can be plugged into any devices with 3.5mm port.Actually, full size is 45.5 inch, 10 inch is inside the headband and 35.5 inch is outside. The BSeen headband can remove almost all outside noise that keeps you awake. You can even use it as sleep mask by pulling down over the eyes.
7. MMUSS Sleep headphones :
MMUSS sleep headphones are actually headbands made of Lycra and Absprbemt Fabric with a built-in flat pair of headphones. The main selling point of this headphone is its speaker size and the cable. Speakers are only 1/8 inch or 3mm thick and the cable is braided and tangles free. You can easily remove the speakers and wash the band. You can also use this hand band as a sleep eye mask. It has one control button to control the phone. Controlling music like play/pause/next/previous and answer, reject or hang up a call is just at your fingertip. Not only that, if you have an iPhone or iPad, long pressing the button allows you to control Siri.
6. CozyPhones Sleep Headphones/Headband :
CozyPhones headband is made from Lycra material with a sleek and soft design.The braided cable is tangle free and the speakers can be adjusted to fit perfectly.The speakers are soft, so they will not cause any problem if you sleep on side. The headband is washable, you can remove the speakers and wash it. The length of the cord is 1.5 meter and it can be connected to any device with 3.5 mm stereo output port. The only disadvantage is that it doesn’t have any microphone. So, you cannot use it for phone calls. This product comes with a travel carry bag to take the headband earphones with you while traveling.
5. Sleepace Sleep Headphones :
Sleepace sleep headphones can monitor your sleep if you use it with ‘Sleepace’ application. Using the app, you can monitor your sleep status, read sleep advice and improve sleep quality day by day.In the app, you can activate the ‘sleep monitoring’ feature and the music will automatically stop after you fall asleep. Also, you can set alarm using the ‘Sleepace’ app and it will wake you when you are in the lightest part of your sleep. This product is made from ultra-thin silk material and you can remove the earphones and wash it.
4. Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones :
Bose QuietComfort 20 or QC20 headphones allows you to control how much of the noisy environment you want to hear. These are pricey, but features stunning noise cancellation and sound quality as compared to other headphones we have listed here. Only for the price, we are keeping it in fourth place. These headphones are designed to let you enjoy music in any environment. If you want, you can activate the noise cancellation mode and remove all surrounding distractions. Or activate aware mode to listen outside sound while listening music. This headphone needs to be charged. Its Li-ion battery lasts for around 16 hours on full charge. Even if the battery runs out, you can use the headphone. Additionally, it has one built-in microphone and remote to receive calls and controlling other music functions.
3. Keymao Bluetooth Sleeping Headphones :
Keymao Sleeping headphones are Bluetooth headphones featuring Bluetooth 4.1 CSR. The headband is made of 100% super soft microfiber. The headband is moisture wicking that keeps sweat away from your face. It fits for heads of all shape and size. You can easily remove the headphones and wash the headband. One side of the headphone is attached with a soft sponge that provides soft feeling and less pressure on your ears. It takes around 1.5 hours to charge and you can use it for 8 hours continuously after fully charged.You can also control the volume, answer phone calls and manage your song playlist handsfree using the control buttons on its right headphone.
2. LC-dolida Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headband Headphones :
LC-dolida Bluetooth headband is made of Nylon and cotton, that helps you to enjoy a full night of restful sleep without causing pain on your ears even if you roll on your side. This headphone features V4.1+EDR Technology that can connect to Bluetooth devices up to 10 meters of distance. The rechargeable battery of this device is 200mAh that can be charged by using a USB cable. One indicator light is there to indicate charging and full-charging status. The charging time is around 2 hours. You can even control the music using the little keypad on the headband. Similar to other headbands, this headband can also be washed by removing the Bluetooth module. Overall, LC-dolida headphones are one of the most comfortable pair of headphones to use in bed.
1. SleepPhones Bluetooth wireless headphones :
SleepPhones headphones comes in different size and colors. Available in soft gray, quiet lavender & midnight black color and XS,M,XL size.The headbands are a polyester/spandex blend, with the fleece headband being 88% polyester, 12% spandex. Two fabric wrapped thin speakers are attached in the headband . You can connect it using a 4 feet cord or via Bluetooth. Using one USB charger, you can charge the Bluetooth battery and it lasts up to 13 hours. Bluetooth range is 15-30 feet. The headband is machine washable, you can wash it by removing the headphones.
Points to consider : Buying guide :
Comfort Level :
You are going to wear the headphone while sleeping , i.e. for 7 to 8 hours continuously.So, the comfort level is one of the most important attribute to look for.This is completely your personal choice but most people love headband headphones to wear while sleeping. Over the ear models can produce great music output but could be too large to use on the bed. Similarly earbuds are also not ideal for side-sleepers. Similarly, the material of the headbands should not cause any pain to your head and if you sweat a lot, you’ll want to go for a headband made of lighter material like ‘Lycra’.
Wired or wireless :
Most of us hate cables. Sleeping headphones come in both wired and wireless versions. If you are a ‘roller’ or ‘side-sleeper’, you should consider going for wireless.The most important thing to check is the battery life. As you are not going to turn it off before falling asleep, the headphone will keep playing continuously till the battery drains up. So, the lifetime of the headphone battery will not remain the same. This is the only main disadvantage of Bluetooth sleeping headphones. Again, if you are looking for a wired headphone, always check that the wires are long enough to reach your phone.
Build and sound Quality :
Build quality is the most important feature, we don’t want to keep changing our headphones. Similarly, you don’t want to listen to lower quality music. If you listen only relaxing music, perfect sound with high-quality bass and treble is not required but at-least they should be able to clear out all outside noise.
Microphones and other controls :
Many headphones have in-line controls or a control pad. Using the control keys, you can control the music playback, receive/reject phone-calls and control other assistant applications on your phone like Siri, google assistant etc. Normally, if the headphone can receive/reject calls, then it comes with a microphone. Some headphones are compatible with one specific operating system of phones. For example, if it is compatible with iPhones, the keys will not work with Android. So, always check the compatibility before placing the order.
Small and lightweight models are easy to carry in your pockets when not in use. Earbuds are more portable as compared to other headphones. Always check for the portability if you are going to use while traveling.