Does your partner keep you awake all night with noisy breathing or snoring? Nowadays, there’s a lot of people who have problems falling asleep quickly and will not hesitate to try everything for a good night’s rest. Sometimes all we need is a little help of relaxation to help us drift off to sleep. One of the best methods I’ve found is to use an audio distraction.
Headphones are a popular solution for many to block out disturbing noises – a snoring partner, loud neighbors, traffic, a barking dog, or any background noises. Some others find that they fall asleep more easily when listening to calming ambient music, white noise, hypnosis soundtrack, nature sounds, or ASMR videos.
Unfortunately, most headphones and earphones are not designed for sleeping and can cause significant discomfort if you use it for long hours. Many users use them to get to sleep but then often have to wake up again once they shift their sleeping positions.
It’s not an easy task when purchasing for the right headphone for sleeping. There are too many different options to choose from, and there’s a variety of factors to consider. Different sleepers may have different preferences in all of these features. However the best headphones for sleeping are those that meet your requirements in terms of comfort, sound, and able to stay in your ear.
So what should you search for when you are trying to choose the best headphones for sleeping?
Because not all headphone styles are best suited for sleeping, it can directly affect the comfort you’re going to receive. I’ve listed the three common types of headphones you’ll find in the market. Hopefully, you will have a good idea of knowing what you are looking for from the start.
1. Headphones: Because the size of headphones is more massive and bulkier than earbuds and headband, it can easily fit over your ear. Since they fully cover your ears, you’ll also get the best sound quality and noise-canceling features with headphones.
Side sleepers should probably avoid this because it can be uncomfortable to sleep with the added bulk and burden, not to mention the amount of heat that they release. However, you will notice neither of these problems if you are a back sleeper; therefore, it may be ideal for you. If you’re planning to try headphones, it’s better to find a model that’s made specifically for sleeping because it’ll be thinner and more lightweight.
2. Earbuds: Earbuds are generally seen in most households because you’ll normally get a free pair of headphones that comes with your new phone. You’ve probably already got some lying around your bed or in your bag, which means that you won’t have to pay extra cash and save more money. Most sleepers have no problem with earbuds, but side sleepers may experience some discomfort.
There’s also an increased risk of bacteria and dust build-up if you wear them regularly for several hours every day. If you don’t properly clean your equipment regularly, it may lead to ear infections. High-quality earbuds have excellent sound quality that most music lovers will appreciate. Though, high quality means it comes with a higher price point. Also, they seem to fit in well, and you should feel comfortable even when sleeping on your side.
3. Headband: It is a type of on-ear headphones covered in fabric and is becoming increasingly popular because it’s very comfortable. Typically, headband headphones receive positive feedbacks that it produces better sound quality than the rest. They could block out noise more effective than other on-ear headphones, and most importantly, they stay in place for the entire night.
A comfortable pair of headband headphones is useless if it keeps sliding off. Instead, a headphone with proper fitting should stay comfy while you doze off to dreamland. However, hot sleepers may find wearing a headband to be uncomfortable or too hot. Thus, it would help if you looked for a breathable material that will prevent you from overheat or cause your skin to break out.
One of the critical factors to a good night’s sleep is to block out ambient noise. But then again, complete isolation of noise may not be an ideal function.
With the passive noise-canceling design, any sound waves are physically blocked from entering your ear. A form of passive noise-canceling is when you put your finger in your ear and experience complete silence. Most earbuds fit into this category because it isolates noise by sealing the ear canal. Though, many earbuds have undergone improvements in doing a better job of blocking out all the sound without raising its cost. Also, over-ear headphones can mute any noises and prevent sound leakages. This function is particularly useful if you have a snoring partner.
If you prefer just to block out low-frequency sound like the thunder/a men’s deep voice, headphones with active noise-cancellation are ideal for dealing with such noises. Active noise cancellation works by using electronic signals to eliminate sound. It mirrors the noises around you and delivers it to you through earbuds or headphones.
This is the most effective way to experience quiet cause it combined with passive noise-canceling that occurs naturally through the design of your device. It is useful if you still want to be aware of sounds like hearing your baby crying or the house/fire alarm.
Wired headphones and earbuds can be tricky and problematic because the cord can get tangled while you sleep. While you’re not likely to strangle yourself during bedtime, it can wrap around you awkwardly and even free itself from your audio device halfway while you are asleep. Also, you will not feel exactly comfortable and secure sleeping in a bed of wire. However, if you tend to sleep in one place or use a long cord, you should be fine with corded headphones.
On the other hand, many people prefer wearing wireless headphones for sleeping because they can roll over and move freely on the bed with no fears of getting tangled up. Although a wireless Bluetooth option is often more comfortable, you’ll need to look out for the device’s battery life. For the brand of every device, you should check for the number of hours that it could last for listening to the audio before you’re due for a charge.
When it comes to sound quality, you should be looking for headphones that is smooth and inoffensive and don’t provide any jarring or annoying sounds that might put you off your sleep. Examples of irritating noise could be a disturbing background hiss or even a sharp, high-pitched spike. Both of these can be off-putting enough that you start thinking about the sound rather than dozing off.
The important considerations are how clear and crisp the audio came out and how well it blocks out noise from the external environment. You should also ensure that your headphone does not disrupt someone else in the room by the sound coming out of your device. In this case, your headphone should not contain any sound leakage.
In general, headphones provide the best results in all of these factors, but they are probably not the most comfortable for you. Earbuds are naturally second best, but again there could be discomfort for some users (especially side sleepers). And while headbands are the easiest and comfortable to sleep in, your sound quality won’t be the best.
This review highlights ten models of the best headphones for sleeping that will guarantee to help you achieve a full night’s sleep. This guide looks at all the various styles and designs of each headphone and helps you understand what headphone features are essential to you, so you can make a wise and educated choice while shopping
Starting with the best product in the list, it is the SleepPhones Effortless. This headband is undoubtedly a one of a kind that is perfect for sleeping. Why, you ask? It’s because not only can you sleep on your side without an earbud sticking uncomfortably in your ear, but it is also wireless, so you don’t need to worry about getting tangled up in the middle of the night.
The newest release, SleepPhones Effortless, also includes wireless charging features so you no longer need to take the small control module out to plug it into a USB charger. You can easily place your SleepPhones on their wireless induction base, and the magnets will pull them in place.
Unlike most headphones that use ear clips or bands to make it stay in place, SleepPhones® Effortless™ use a soft stretchable headband. Older models used a “Fleece” fabric that tends to get warm at night because it traps some heat, but the newer models are available with a “Breeze” fabric that are much more breathable and lighter. This fabric delivers a comfortable fit and could hold its place all night long.
Sleepphones, like most of the sleep headbands, have active noise-canceling, which means it doesn’t block much noise. The proprietary SheepCloud™ fabric might muffle the high frequencies a bit, but they are not designed to be noise-canceling or noise-isolating in the first place. Instead, you have to mask (drown out) the offending noise in the background using white noise, ambient music, or ASMR. You could, for example, play waterfall noise or raindrop sounds to drown out the TV in an adjacent room or your neighbor’s barking dog.
When the noise gets too loud to be covered out by white noise alone, you can try adding earplugs underneath the headband. The combination will instantly enable you to get rid of almost all sound, including your partner’s loud snoring.
SleepPhones Effortless eliminates the need to make a mess with removing the control module by offering a wireless induction charging. It comes with a small USB adapter with a three-foot cable, wireless speakers, along with the proprietary charge base (which is a square structure with rounded edges, about 2-inches on a side).
SleepPhones Effortless also comes with a small Bluetooth module. This module is somewhat bendable, and its position can be altered. The module contains three buttons: One squared button to switch it on/off, pause, and for pairing purpose, while the two triangular buttons are for volume adjustments and track control.
Audio quality from SleepPhones Effortless isn’t exactly reached the audiophile level. Nonetheless, the flat speakers in it are loud enough and sounded clear and bright, which is exactly what I’m looking for in a headphone for sleeping. To listen to some relaxing music while falling asleep, the SleepPhones Effortless did a pretty good job and, just as importantly, provides that audio without any leakage sound that might awake the person sleeping beside you.
The battery life in SleepPhones Effortless is surprisingly decent. It could last up to 10 hours if I play white noise at a moderate volume, which is more than enough to get me through the night with no disturbance.
Battery charging is wireless; thus, it is a completely hassle-free process. It takes about 3 hours for it to fully charge, which is a considerable amount of time. You need to place your SleepPhones on the charging base and let it charge itself. The small LED will determine whether you’ve aligned the headphones correctly to charge.
Sleepphones Effortless is generally expensive. The premium point is due to the Bluetooth module in the headband and its wireless charging feature. You have to admit that the wireless charging is definitely a unique and outstanding feature in sleep headphones. Moreover, the Sleepphones Effortless is active noise-canceling which means you would still experience disturbance if the sounds get too intense.
Nevertheless, SleepPhones is an excellent solution for listening to soft music, relaxation apps, or audiobooks while lying in bed and drifting off to sleep comfortably. Unlike out-dated headphones or earbuds, this won’t hurt your ears or damaged if you lie down with your head to the side while wearing them.
Overall, this is a good headphone that provides a wireless music-listening experience, through integrated technology and an appealing headband that can be comfortably worn while you are sleeping. If you paired with a great sleep mask, it would create the best sleep experience yet.
The second place in the list is the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphone; it is the updated version of the older model that came out in the year 2016. What so special about it is that it has a dedicated button on the side to activate Google Assistant seamlessly right from the headphones.
The Google Assistant answers all your questions and commands, including playing music, telling weather reports, and read out your smartphone notifications. When you combine this with the QC35 IIs’ high audio quality and noise-canceling capabilities, you’ll want to have one of these at home!
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is one of the most comfortable pairs of over-ear headphones you’ll ever find in the market. It is available in matte black and silver so you can choose based on your preference. These are well-designed headphones that are comprised of high-quality glass-filled nylon with a leather-cushioned outer headband.
The benefit of a primarily plastic build is that you’ll end up with a lightweight headphone, which is a sign of comfortable wear. You can wear these for hours without feeling like you have to remove them to let your ears breathe. They’re also super durable and elastic. It can be bent and twisted in different ways, so if you are in a rush to somewhere, you can squeeze them into your bag, and off you go.
Bose’s strength is its noise cancellation, and it shows with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphone. Bose continues to set the gold standard in this category, by using a set of microphones and proprietary procedures to block out the noise around you to let you feel at ease and undisturbed.
The active noise cancellation in the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is also adjustable. The ANC element used to be only an on or off button on the original QC35 (oldest model). With this updated version, you can now configure it in the iOS/Android application and have three settings: full, low, or off.
When you switch on the noise cancellation, it’ll be like walking into a library after being on a busy city street. The headphone does an exceptional job of drowning out every sound from the rumbling train, cars honk and even screaming voices. On the other hand, if you switch it to low noise canceling, you could probably hear faint murmurings of conversations between songs, but that wasn’t a bad thing. It’s a handy feature, especially when you want to keep an ear open for subway/bus stops announcements, or hearing your infant in the next room.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones ditch the wires and use Bluetooth wireless technology instead to allow you to listen to your favorite tracks and podcasts. Though, the wireless signals can be easily affected by many factors. Your gadgets, such as microwaves, cordless phones, computers, fridges, fans, etc. running in your home, can have a significant impact on the wireless signals. And although Bose doesn’t make any assurance on its Bluetooth range, the wireless performance was terrific.
You will experience the most satisfying results after you switch it to Active Mode. To start things off, you need to power it up and connect it wirelessly via Bluetooth to your iPhone/android phones.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones produce respectable and louder audio with noticeable active noise-canceling effects. I would highly suggest using the device in active mode to fully utilize the benefits of the sound-design expertise that Bose has worked many years to perfect.
Overall, the sound quality for listening to your favorite podcast or movie is fantastic. If you are not sensitive to the sound pressure, you will be pleased with clear, crisp audio, punchy bass, and a zesty treble in the music. It is made possible in noisy surroundings by excellent noise canceling.
Bose added a dedicated Action button to this model, which sits behind the left ear cup, is easily accessible, and allows you to have quick access to Google Assistant. This is particularly great for those of us who own Android phones.
You’ll be able to access either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant once you activate it (press and hold the button down). With help from both virtual assistants, I found myself tapping the button for map navigation, weather reports, finding information, reading notifications, make appointments, and run daily reminders.
Most importantly, you can turn on ambient for sleeping comfortably at night. You could also issue a variety of other voice commands through your headphones, without ever needing to pick up your phone. Isn’t it convenient? Even if you’re not an Alexa or Google Assistant user, the unique Action Button serves as a convenient quick-access key for adjusting the three levels of noise cancellation in the headphones.
Bose guarantees up to 20 hours of battery life in the QuietComfort 35 II headphones, which is rewarding. You could use it to listen to music with active noise canceling, send messages to friends, and take a lot of phone calls, but the battery still won’t die.
The headphones could last for an entire workday without any problem and had enough charge to use it for the night. Better yet, these headphones required only about two hours to get fully charged. It also offers a fast-charging feature that can add another 2.5 hours of lifespan to the battery after just 15 minutes of charging time.
The downside of the Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II headphones is that it is as costly as the older model. If you’ve used the QuietComfort 35 I in the past, you’ll find that Bose didn’t put in the effort to upgrade the design in the second-generation model. That’s a let-down, considering the premium price tag. Also, there’s a disadvantage for iPhone users because the Action button is not compatible with Siri, but you can manually activate Siri by holding the play/pause button.
Nevertheless, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphone is among the most popular noise-canceling headphones on the market and continues to deliver superior active noise cancellation.
Even though they’re pricey, they offer outstanding value for those who want accurate sound reproduction and a lightweight design that brings comfort. I do enjoy the idea of getting extras such as extended battery life and fast charging. The addition of Google Assistant support provides an attractive feature for potential new Bose consumers.
We already have a headband and over-ear headphone on the top two lists, so it’s natural to include an earplug headphone ranked in third place. If you are okay with wearing earbuds, then the MaxRock sleep earphones are one of the best value and budget options for sleep headphones. Maxrock Sleep Earplugs are promoted as noise-isolating earplugs that offer a unique soft all-silicone design, which is perfect for those that struggle with insomnia or sleeping with a snoring partner.
First of all, Maxrock Sleep Earplugs are shockingly small and lightweight. Being made of silicone and not plastic, they are incredibly soft and comfortable to wear for 24 hours. Thanks to their small proportions, these earbuds fit cozily into the ear canal, and you won’t feel them in your ear even when sleeping on your side. It also works well for white noise or other sleep tracks to help increase the speed of you falling asleep and ensures deep sleep.
Besides, this earplug features an ergonomic double-layer design for most ear sizes. It is made of two size ear tips that fit for most ear canal, which can plug to a certain deep level of your ear. The double-layer design effectively blocks your ears from unwanted external noise, which means it can provide passive noise cancellation. The soft and flexible silicone material enables it to fit and stay in your ear ideally, preventing it from falling out while you sleep.
The Maxrock Sleep Earplugs is an in-ear earplug design that effectively drowns out moderate-noise environments, which is perfect for blocking out your partner’s snoring, sniffing or loud breathing. It could also block off the sound coming out from the television and allows you to stay calm in a loud, noisy environment.
If you purchase these headphones, you need to lower your hopes a little because they are not made for total noise cancellation. Their lower price range may not guarantee a product that is technologically equipped to isolate noise using active noise cancellation systems.
Other than that, these headphones deliver a listening environment that is noise isolating enough and allows you to sleep comfortably on your side.
The package comes with a 3.5mm connector and can work with most mobile devices with a headphone socket. The built-in microphone is compatible with the iPhone, Samsung, and most smartphones, but its best to refer to the manufacturers first before purchasing. Because the connecting cord is 48 inches long, you don’t need to worry about getting tangled up at night.
Additionally, it operates hands-free calling and has different options of whether you want to answer, reject, or end the conversation.
The sound they produce is more than satisfactory, and quality is better than its technological capability might advertise. The cancellation of background noise and vacuum-like seal design will make just about any pair of earbuds sound decent.
The sound audio is clear and crispy, but it might be too quiet at lower volumes. You might be drawn to use the louder settings more often. This isn’t necessarily bad. Without the ear piercing sound, you get to listen and enjoy whatever music you are playing on a calmer volume, which leads you to fall asleep peacefully.
Maxrock’s headphones have been receiving complaints regarding its durability and inconsistency with the right earplug. The sleep headphone was reported to have a short lifespan, which only lasts for 2-3 months. Besides, the right earphone’s quality is said to be less practical when compared to the left earphone.
However, many owners say they didn’t encounter such issues with their earplugs. To avoid these problems, your seller needs to test your earplugs out before you decide to pack them home. When you ensure that everything works properly, you can check their performance after three months.
If you were unlucky enough to experience a damaged headphone within three months, Maxrock offers a 3-month free return and replacement warranty. If you find that your order contains design faults or bad sound quality, or if they’re not right for you, you can send them back with a peace of mind.
In the end, I recommend that you try these earbuds, just to test how they feel and perform. You may be surprised with its functionality and comfort and ended up keeping it after the 3-month trial. Given their low and affordable price, these might be the best valued sleeping headphones you’ve been looking for.
CozyPhones allow you to listen to your favorite music, white noise, or other sounds without needing to place anything in your ear or use big bulky headsets that will make you feel uncomfortable. Not only they’re perfect for sleeping, but they are also ideal for exercising, travelling, meditation, yoga, or any other activities where slim, lightweight headphones are required.
I’ll be focusing on the company’s newly upgraded CozyPhones™: the CozyPhones Contour Series.
This new headband product features a unique cooling mesh inner lining that keeps you cool at night and helps your CozyPhones stay in place even when you move around or do toss and turn in bed. It is pretty lightweight, comfortable, breathable, and slimmer than the original series CozyPhones. This sleep headband could contour shape dips down over your ears to provide the help the headphones fit properly.
While the part that touches your skin is mesh material, the outer lining is a soft and lightweight fleece. The soft and comfortable material used will not cause any breakouts or skin irritation.
The most noticeable part comes in three colors, which are black, gray, and violet. There is a small opening at the back of the headband for the cable to swing-out. Compared to most earbuds in the market, these sleep headphones worked very well.
Typically, headband headphones don’t block that much noise; the material might soften the environmental sounds a bit, but you’ll still hear your alarm ringing, your dog barking, or your snoring partner. For me, CozyPhones are neither noise isolating (passive) nor noise canceling (active). It stands somewhere in between.
There’s a technique to combat moderate noise with these headphones, which is through noise covering. You can play ambient music, white noise, or ASMR to drown out your surrounding noise. This works well for squeaking floors, toilet flush, a TV playing in an opposite room, and sounds that are further away.
It could also work to block your partner’s soft snoring, but these sleep headphones alone won’t be enough if the snoring gets louder. You would have to increase the volume.
CozyPhones are headband sleep headphones feature ultra-thin 1/8″ cushioned with a flat, padded removable speaker. The box comes with a flexible and durable 52-inch braided cord and a sturdy 3.5 mm stereo plug. It will not bend, twist or break under regular use.
Although the CozyPhones Contour Series is wired, the cable is braided and measures to 52-inch long to avoid tangling. The 3.5-mm headphone stereo plug can fit most phones, laptops, tablets, MP3 or MP4 players, and other audio devices. Unfortunately, some newly released phones, such as the iPhone11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10, don’t feature a headphone jack anymore.
The speaker inserts are removable; thus you can wash the headband if it gets dirty. The idea behind the CozyPhones Contour Series is that you can sleep on your side without feeling any discomfort. You can just easily slide them on just as you would put on a regular sports headband.
The sound quality in CozyPhones Contour Series is enjoyable and non-intrusive with white noise, instrumental music, podcasts, radio listening, and even rock music. You could hear the bass, but it will be a bit weak. Side sleepers may have an advantage here because the sounds will get stronger when the speakers are pressed firmly to your ear. Your pillow also indirectly affects the sound volume as well.
Again, these headphones are not audiophile quality to be sure, but the CozyPhones’s audio response is pretty well-tailored for meditation, shortwave radio, and listening to ASMR.
Some CozyPhones users claimed that the headband tends to get too warm and makes them sweat during the night. Also, the headphones contain a strap that is not adjustable, and it is not a one size fit headband.
Aside from that, CozyPhones are reasonably priced, and it is a pleasant-sounding sleep headphone. If you enjoy listening to music, radio, podcasts, and soundscapes in bed, as well as noise and tinnitus masking without disturbing your partner beside, CozyPhones Contour Series really are a fantastic choice.
Next in the list for best sleeping headphones is the Shure SE215SPE. It is almost a necessity in the starter pack for a person who is eager for high-fidelity sound reproduction. The Shure SE215 is assured to show up in the top five recommended list every time you Google around for a great ear monitor or headphones.
The SE215 was one of the first few specialized headphone labels to offer an affordable option for consumers looking to enhance their listening experience. Hence, Shure released the special edition Shure SE215 SPE with enhanced bass to do precisely this.
The Shure SE215 SPE is a secure, over-the-ear design earphone, which ensures it could stay in place for a long-wearing and still feels comfortable. The Shure SE215 SPE comes in two limited edition color: Lucent Blue or White for a stylish finish. This translucent driver casing creates a glossy feeling and smooth surface despite that fact that it’s made with plastic. Though, the plastic could be a potential weak spot for the design.
The earbuds look similar to their wired predecessor, with curved plastic housings that position upward and cradle around the ear. It feels comfortable, and you can barely feel it even after hours of using it. The advantage of this over-the-ear cable design means that it offers greater stability; cable is kept neatly out of the way and reduces microphonics.
In terms of noise isolation, the Shure SE215 SPE is powerful and good; especially when it’s a dynamic driver earphone. It blocks off a lot of external noise since it is pretty much a complete sealed design. The sound-isolating foam ear tips can block up to 37 dB (Decibel) of background noise and gives you that sense of privacy and intimacy.
It is perfect when you are taking the daily commute and want to cancel out all the noise of rush hour crowd. Though, it won’t cancel the ambient noise entirely that you won’t be able to hear the train/subway door closing announcements or incoming phone calls. But then again, it does a whole lot better job in noise-canceling and stands out the most among other competitors with the same design.
Just like other models from Shure SE215, a detachable cable is appeared from the top of each earbud and twist around the ear for a more secure and protected fitting. It also looks more professional fitting than most earbuds offered in their class. The cables are detachable, which may be common among earphones in the market, but it’s a huge factor that could make repairs easier in the future.
I think that the cables are quite thick and heavy. Additionally, you can’t see any inline remote in the wires. Having inline controls will make it easier for you to adjust the volume, mainly because you can visually see the controls without taking off the headphones. Since there’s no inline control, it means you will have to reach for your music device/phone to make volume adjustments.
Luckily, the cables themselves is in good quality and long-lasting. This is a pair of in-ear-monitor that will survive when being thrown carelessly and shaken endlessly in your bag, without needing to place in a case.
You can always trust Shure to deliver a good sound cross; the audio is vibrant, smooth, and pretty well balanced. It did misses out on the clarity of the treble, and the highs are quite rolled off on the SE215 SPE, but overall it’s not a wholly muffled sounding earphone. You can still hear a lot of richness and details in the vocals. Additionally, it has a nice punchy bass that’s tailored towards a warmer or a darker sound.
This earphone is a perfect signature, especially if you’re going to do a lot of travelling with this earphone because you don’t have to turn up the volume as high to block out external noise. You can still sense the richness of the sound even on low volumes. If you want to mind your hearing on the train/plane, the Shure SE215 SPE is an excellent bet.
The problem I found in the Shure SE215 SPE is its narrow soundstage that seems relatively obvious compared to its competitors, and even slightly cheaper brands can match even its sound signature. Nonetheless, the Shure SE215 is an attractive value when you consider the qualities being offered for a reasonable price. It has impressive noise isolation to help you fall asleep quicker, stellar performance, and comfort, not to mention providing the budding audiophile a great hearing sensation.
Say hello to the Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones, which is the latest release from the Beats line to feature Apple’s superior W1 wireless chip as well as newly upgraded noise canceling feature. Thus, they work fantastically well with most Apple products – stable Bluetooth connection, pair easily & switch seamlessly, long battery life.
The Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones is over-ear headphones designs that are made of soft and matte plastic, as it always has done with Beats headphones all along. It has a really smooth touch surface rather than glossy finishes. Although it’s made with plastic, it does not mean it is in low quality. In truth, the old reputations and critics of Beats headphones for being poorly created are long gone.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones offer multiple choices of colors for everyone to choose. I’m not talking 2-3 options here, but thirteen options! Can you imagine the time and effort Beats had to contribute to designing this headphone’s colors? Though, whatever colour of Beats headphones you choose, they’re still unmistakably well-known Beats headphones.
The plush ear cups are also really comfortable; you should be able to wear these for an extended period without hurting your ears or feeling discomfort. It tends to get a little hot after some time, but that’s normal.
Pure ANC (Active Noise Cancelation) is another great feature of the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. Beats has had active noise cancellation in all its Studio series since the year 2014, but this newest update claims to put an extra layer of intelligence between noise and your ears.
It uses the two onboard microphones to monitor and familiarize to environmental sounds thousands of times per second. Most noise-canceling headphones have distorted audio or have a faint humming sound to them, but you won’t experience these issues with the Beats.
However, like most ANC headphones out in the real world, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones still have a big issue: wind noise. It happens where the wind whistles around the pinhole mic, where the noise cancellation tries to correct, in doing so, only generates more noise. The Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones are somewhat more susceptible to wind noise as compared to others.
Overall, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones’ noise cancelation is reasonably effective and pretty decent. It can provide the main benefits of allowing you to have a deep night rest without being awaken from noises coming from the hallway, children screaming, or even doors slamming.
Apple’s proprietary W1 chip is one of the key changes that make the Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphone so powerful. This W1 chip is also found in its Apple Airpods. This is a custom wireless chipset that allows you to pair with your devices easily and switch to another gadget seamlessly. For example, with iOS and W1 Chip, you can quickly go from listening to music on your iPhone to watching a movie in your Macbook.
It can also seamlessly recognize and memorize all the Apple devices connected to your iCloud account.Furthermore, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphone has Class 1 Bluetooth ® connectivity, which is exceptionally strong that you will struggle to find a place where you could lose the Bluetooth connection. It means that you could stay connected to your ambient music even when your device isn’t nearby.
Ever since the Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones were launched, Apple has often improved its wireless technology to bring us the newly designed Apple H1 headphone chip, as you can see in the new AirPods Pro and the Powerbeats Pro. The Apple H1 chip is very decent cause it allows you to see the headphones’ battery percentage from the app you’re using to stream, which is a handy feature.
The first thing I observed from the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones was that low and heavy sound signature. They tend to eliminate mid-frequency sounds a bit and do strengthen its bass, and heavy drum sounds more than its competitors.
I must say the bass is quite active with Beats, but it wasn’t a bad thing. It does not sound overly bassy or juvenile that will affect your bedtime. It’s like a thickness in the upper bass and low mids rather than a sub-bass gut punch. You may enjoy the warmth and woof they add to many tracks over time.
Besides, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphone also has slightly safe treble (sound) that lacks a little bit as compared to some other over-ear headphones at the same price. But since it’s the updated version, the Studio3 does sound better than any Beats models.
Battery life in the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones is excellent even with all the features engaging stamina. That W1 chip in the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones can doubles battery life when synced with an iPhone, providing you with up to 22 hours (40 hours if you switch off the active noise canceling) of battery life.
Similar as the last Studio Wireless pair of headphones, there’s a little 5-LED indicator near the power button to let you realize a rough guide of how much battery is left before the next charge.
The downside with the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones is that it doesn’t have rotating ear cups that can better sit on your shoulders and lacks the ability to auto-pause when you take them off. These make them less convenient to use and feel more uncomfortable around the neck.
Moreover, there’s a premium price tag that comes with this headphone. Although they’re not the cheapest, they’re competitive with top opposing devices from companies like Bose.
Another downside is that it works well with only Apple products. You’ll find most of their strengths diminished if you pair them with an android device, a Chromebook, or a Windows PC.
The Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones may be from being perfect, but they still manage to retain the industrial design and quality sound that made it famous in the first place. You will also feel the softness and cool on the ear cushions, even after an extended time. Sufficient padding in the headband also keeps the headphones from shifting, and it doesn’t put too much pressure on the head.
Comfort aside, they sound a lot clearer than any older Beats models, even if the bass is slightly exaggerated. Also, you’ll receive some top-notch technology: Apple W1-boosted Bluetooth and the affective noise cancellation are both attractive features.
DubsLabs Bedphones are soft foam-covered, incredibly slim, and adjustable sleeping earphones with a patented on-ear design that allows the earphones to lay flat against your ear while falling asleep to your favorite music, audiobooks, and soothing sounds. For these reasons, it earns its spot of number 7 in the list for bed sleeping headphones.
DubsLabs Bedphones might be the sleeping companion you’re missing all these while. Dogs barking, loud parties, rock concerts, thunderstorms, snoring partners, crying infants, and the list go on. With external noise such as these, most of us would have trouble getting a peaceful sleep. However, you will be able to fall asleep easily with this headphone.
The DubsLabs Bedphones is over-ear design, and it is securely held in place by rubber-coated memory wire ear hooks that can fit all ears. This unique design makes Bedphones more comfortable than other on-ear headphones, especially for side-sleeping. These headphones also serve as a practical alternative for people who don’t like to wear earbuds. This over-ear design means that you can wear the cable down your back at night while you’re asleep to reduce the chances of you getting tangled up in wires.
Moreover, the secure designs are also suitable for sports and travel due to its super portable and lightweight. It makes them a perfect travel companion because it includes a travel pouch and one year manufacturer’s warranty.
These Bedphones also claimed to be the world’s smallest on-ear headphones, and they come in two types: Wired and Wireless. But I’ll only focus on the Wireless option here. The DubsLabs Bedphones weigh in around 0.05 pounds, and design is less than a quarter-inch thick. It consists of metal speaker drivers that are covered in soft foam padding and with a diameter of 23mm. It could increase the comfort of your sleep and prevent any disturbance that may be caused between the pillow and the ear.
The Wireless model has a 3.5 mm sized audio jack, so it is compatible with most portable headphones since it’s a standard size. It also comes with an inline button on the cable and the microphone that enhances users’ experience. The incline remote allows you to receive calls without touching your smartphones. It also lets you manage your music tracks by a pause, play, and skip tracks on your playlist.
Since most Bedphones are not intended for noise-canceling; instead, the purpose is to combat external sounds with more ambient or personalized sounds. This headphone might not be a perfect fit for you if you’re looking for a product with the sole purpose of complete external noise blockage. It’s just not meant for noise-canceling. Yet, they do offer full-range sound audio, and this could be effective in drowning out light background sounds such as your partner’s snores and neighbor’s pet. Well, if you are the partner that snores, you may want to check out our comprehensive article on how to stop snoring.
If you are a fussy sleeper and particular of not having a long cable to get in the way, this wireless model should be perfect for you. However, I should probably mention that Bedphone Wireless is not entirely wireless. There is a mid-length wire that connects both the earpieces to house the inline remote control and the battery. Therefore, this might limit the user from a flawless sleep experience as it could irritate the back of the neck.
Though, the wire mentioned above comes with a cable slider connected for you to adjust the length for a secure fit. This wireless model is also Bluetooth compatible.
For a device this small and portable, some more at this price point, the sound is relatively decent. It might not be the best, but it serves its purpose (sleep onset). The music detailing is not studio quality, but the mids and lows are solid.
For the audiophiles out there, the DubsLabs Bedphones has a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz and an impedance of 32 Ω ±15%. In short, this means they can handle overloading, and it’s best for a battery-powered and portable devices like smartphones and MP3 players.
If your Bedphones fit perfectly and securely, it is most likely that you can enjoy your favorite music, white noise, audiobooks, or any sound you wish to hear without any trouble. Because they’re on-ear headphones, which means they might not have the best seal design. The noise may be slightly noticeable to the next person sleeping beside you but isn’t likely to leak out enough to disturb him/her.
DubsLabs Bedphones did unexpectedly well in the battery life category; they are pretty durable and have a good battery that can last up to 13 hours on a single charge.
There were some negative reviews where some users struggle with fitting. The DubsLabs Bedphones may fit most ear types but might not be suitable for all. Besides, their sound quality is pretty moderate; you couldn’t compare it to high-end headsets.
Also, these Bedphones are not meant to be noise-canceling; thus it might not be your perfect choice if you are looking for one. Additionally, the price is higher than most average headphones, but the design does potentially feel much more comfortable and not easy to break.
Other than that,DubsLabs Bedphones is small, lightweight, and portable for many uses. The inline microphone and button remote are also appealing features. You should feel comfortable sleeping at night because the earpieces are wrapped in soft foam.
They also come with reasonable return policies. They offer a 30 day return period for a full refund with no questions asked. They also have a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and will replace them free of charge if the headphones stop working within a year.
Kokoon is a headphone and smartphone app combination that hosts a library of sleep-aiding programs and relaxing music tracks, and smart technologies designed to help you relax, sleep and travelling. Kokoon headphones are incorporated with sleep sensing technology, which is the built-in EEG sensors and movement sensors (accelerometer) to track your sleep.
Also, it can monitor how you respond to audio and automatically adjusts your audio volume to a sleep level. Moreover, it also contains active and passive noise cancellation to give you an uninterrupted peaceful sleep. These are not just a pair of noise-canceling headphones, but a perfect sleep-aiding solution.
Like most headphones nowadays, Kokoon is over-ear headphone with closed-back design. This design aims to increase the amount of sound isolation and support sleep and noise-canceling functions. Weighing at 350g, the Kokoon Headphones is bulky, not thin and light at all, they’re heavy in a way that suggests quality and comfort but won’t feel unbalanced.
Most of the Kokoon headband’s surface is heavily covered in a breathable fabric, which is used with all-natural material with no animal products included in its construction. The ear cups have a slightly squashy feel, which can provide a nice amount of compression when you sleep on your side. The patented Flexmould Comfort System™ could cause these headphones to effortlessly molds to the shape of your head and spreads the pressure from sensitive areas and improves overall comfort.
The Kokoon Headphones also feature folding ear cups and a generous amount of adjustment for you to easily alter the length of the headband. Another highlight for this headphone is that its ear cushions can be removed and washed without being damaged. This is especially great if you tend to use your headphones regularly.
In terms of aesthetics, Kokoon has a minimalist design with a mainly neutral color scheme decorated by a few touches of gold trim for the logo and connector ports. It comes with two colors: Classic Black and Grey for the more fashion-conscious.
Kokoon works with a 3-tiered noise canceling/masking system, which is designed to block out sound disturbances allowing you to sleep peacefully and relax.
The first tier is its passive noise cancellation and is usually built as a closed-back design with a patented audio seal. This tier serves as the first line of physical defense against ambient sounds and won’t allow you to get interrupted, be it sleeping, meditating, etc. In this case, Kokoon performed pretty well in terms of blocking out unwanted sound.
The second tier of protection in this headphone is the active noise cancellation (ANC) system. ANC has been around in the industry for a long time. It works by reading incoming sound waves and counteracting the unwanted sound with an equivalent sound before sending it to your ear. For me, I think Kokoon’s ANC works better on the lower frequencies, such as the sound of washing machines, air conditioning units, or even snoring partners.
The third and last tier of the disturbance guard is a function called Active White Noise. This feature is entirely optional and is used together with the Kokoon app. Kokoon goes one step further by elevating this technology, which means the headphones will automatically adjust the volume level and introduce white noise when it detects that you’ve fallen asleep. It acts as a masking agent to protect your sleep and to better suit your sleeping patterns.
The headphones can connect to Kokoon’s Android and iOS smartphone apps via Bluetooth with no hassle. To activate it, press the Power button above the left-hand earpiece and the Action button above the right-hand earpiece. There’s a Micro USB B socket for charging your headphones and an LED indicator for power and Bluetooth connectivity.
When you linked your app to the headphones, it allows you full access to the variety of smart features. It includes intelligent, active sleep tracking and smart audio recommendations.
This means the app via the headphones’ sleep sensors could actively track your sleep. When the next morning comes, it’ll provide you with a detailed view of your sleeping statistics, including historic sleeping schedules, trends, and mental states.
Over time, your Kokoon will accumulate a library of data based on your sleeping trends and will be able to advise you on how to improve your sleep quality. It will also fade out whatever audio you are listening to when it detects that you are falling asleep and gradually replacing it with active white noise that helps you achieve deep night rest.
In terms of the variety of audio programs for sleep, the selection of options is impressive. It comes with a rangeof CBT based audio techniques, guided meditation, sleep-aiding music, sleep exercises, and soundscapes that are proven by experts to help you get better sleep.
The Kokoon headphone sound quality relies on one major component, which is the sound driver. Generall, Kokoon has a high quality and large driver means that it has a higher sound quality and higher maximum volume.
The sound quality is solid, the mid-range and bass is very well balanced, so there’s nothing to complain. Kokoon’s audio is mostly smooth and contained, which is a great fit for the primary purpose of encouraging sleep.
The Kokoon’s battery life is incredibly generous can roughly last for around 11 hours of endless use. If the 11-hour Bluetooth battery life isn’t adequate, you can also connect the headphones with a 3.5mm jack cable. The cable jack has a built-in inline microphone to enable hands-free call control.
It’s also effortless to monitor battery life. You can check it with the app, or you can get the approximate battery life percentages by pressing the power button on the headphones and check the charged LED. LED will glow in different colors to indicate the following:
Over the years, Kokoon receives a shocking number of heavily negative reviews. First, the sound quality isn’t quite the hype when compares to a similar range of headphones. Besides that, some users still find them not particularly comfortable, especially for side sleepers.
While they might be quite expensive compared to other brands, I feel the proprietary technology and smart attributes that are sufficient to justify the cost. That being said, if you’re looking for a sophisticated pair of headphones that have high tech tricks, stable sound quality, while helps you eliminate unwanted noise to sleep soundly, Kokoon Headphones is a safe bet.
SleepPhones are too good that I have to include it in again; the first SleepPhones (Effortless™) was the top contender, while this Classic model has a spot in number 9 on the list. These sleeping headphones were engineered with the primary goal of helping people to fall asleep and relax.
SleepPhones®Classic features excellent sound quality with eco-friendly materials and lead-free electronics. It has a super-thin, soft, and cozy headband that allows you to lie on your side comfortably without the pain/soreness of earbuds or headphones digging into your head. It is perfect for light sleepers and also people with a snoring partner.
Thankfully for consumers, AcousticSheep has made the size choosing an easy process. One of the key strength of the SleepPhones Classic is that you are guaranteed to get a headband that fits by getting to choose between three different headband sizes-small, medium, and large.
The ability to choose a size that is right for you is crucial; it addresses one of the most significant weaknesses found in a “one-size-fits-all” design, which is uncomfortable for some users. SleepPhones provide you with size recommendations for various head sizes, thus making it an effortless process for you to getting the right fit for your head.
SleepPhones also give you the option to choose between two different hypoallergenic fabrics—fleece and breeze. Both materials are great, but they eventually depends on various factors. Most people select Fleece Headband because it is super soft, luxurious, and warm, which is ideal for sleeping, relaxing, meditating, and for everyday use. Cold sleepers may tend to prefer this because they can stay warm throughout the entire night.
Others might choose Breeze headband because it is breathable and moisture-wicking. If you have an active lifestyle, such as running and exercising, you may choose this instead. It is also ideal for hot sleepers and those who live in warm climates/homes because the headband will be cooler. This flexibility allows you to get the exact pair of headphones that is perfectly tailored to your preferences.
The AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic provides only moderate noise isolation. It may not drown out your partner’s loud snoring and traffic noise. But if you turn up the volume a little, you’ll have a better chance of removing some external sound. Although they don’t have effective noise-canceling technology, they do help block out low to mid-level frequency sounds. Examples of low-level noise such as annoying fan sound or constant buzz will be suppressed.
The detachable, lead-free electronic system inside the SleepPhones Classic is composed of soft-padded and very thin headphones connected to a braided audio cord. The cord is about four feet in length. The cable then ends in a standard 3.5 mm audio jack, allowing you to connect with your preferred audio source such as modern MP3 players and smartphones. Hence, they don’t require any batteries.
The SleepPhones Classic is headphones made for individuals who have a lack of sleep and not for audiophiles, thus you cannot expect professional-grade and high-end sound quality from this product. Though, SleepPhones share the same specs with DubsLabs Bedphones that was listed on number seven. Both headphones have the same impedance of 32 Ω and a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz.
Although the sound audio came out quieter than average earphones, SleepPhones Classic does provide appropriate audio clarity! It will be a great product if you use it to listen to ambient music, podcasts, soundtracks, white noise, and other sounds while sleeping in a cozy and comfortable position. The headband helps hold the speakers in place. It allows you to hear binaural beats playlist excellently while cutting back on possible audio leaks that may otherwise interrupt the person sleeping beside you.
While researching for this headphone, I did, however, find some complaints regarding its comfort. Like any other common problem with the wired sleep headphones, the headphone cord could potentially wrap around your neck while you’re asleep. There are no solutions to fix this problem, other than to shift to a wireless version instead.
In addition to the wire, the SleepPhones Classic are not noise-canceling headphones, thus, it may not be perfect if you are looking for a headphone to eliminate the sound of thunder, bass drum, and screaming.
The SleepPhones sleeping headphones may not be the perfect products, but they are great snoring aid devices. You’ll enjoy these comfortable sleeping headphones, and the low price point means that you’ll be able to get one without destroying your budget. If you want solid nights to sleep with the companion of relaxing audio, SleepPhones by AcousticSheep might be the one for you.
This QuietOn Sleep Earbuds is the last in the list for the best headphones for sleeping. This newly launched pair of noise-canceling earbuds is designed specifically to handle a snoring partner. The modifications in this new earbuds are that it is smaller in size, and should be more comfortable to wear for sleeping.
The noise-canceling technology has also been optimized to target lower frequency noises specifically. This means they should have no problem in blocking out the sound of your partner’s snoring, music coming through walls, and nearby traffic noise. But then, it’s not headphones for hearing music.
The designs for these in-ear earplugs are interesting, modern, but not appealing. The aesthetics and attention to detail on the sleep earbuds are unattractive and certainly not as sophisticated as you would find on your music earbuds, but it does its job. It is the smallest model as compared to the previous QuietOn model, thus its claims to be particularly effective against snoring, as it blocks out low-frequency sounds.
The QuietOn Sleep Earbuds has a foam layer to make them feel softer and less irritated when pressing against your ears. The foam tips enlarge to fill your ear cavity, help to alleviate the pressure stress on your ears and drown out background noise. You can shake your head as many times as you want, but it won’t fall out.
If you’re looking for a wireless pair of earphones like the SleepPhones or Bose Headphones, you’re out of luck. Because it has no Bluetooth connectivity, the QuietOn Sleep Earbuds is not for listening to music. These are purely works to blocking out the noise that standard earplugs are not able to block and help you sleep better at night.
When it comes to noise-canceling for minimizing annoying frequencies, it did a spectacular job. The makers claim that this updated version of the model tends to focus on low-frequency noise like snoring or noises coming through the walls. Though, it also means that you’ll be able to hear higher frequency noises like your alarm clock and car alarms.
Thanks to its Hear mode, you will not be completely cut off from the world. If you want to open the airwaves, you have to press each earbud individually (they’re not linked in any way) to hear low-frequency noises again. There are no buttons for you to push or menus to scroll through. This mode switching feature is a smart addition for those having babies and toddlers. Indeed if it’s just a brief chat you’re having with your friends, you can work with hearing through one of the earbuds. But it will get a bit disoriented.
There is no connectivity in the QuietOn Sleep Earbuds. Music and sound playback is not supported as there is neither radio nor Bluetooth, which equals to no radiation.
In this case, the battery life was effective for the QuietOn Sleep Earbuds. The advertised 20-hour battery life is more than enough for two full nights of sleep on a full charge (with noise cancellation), and most users seldom found any issues with it running out of charge.
The case where you place your earbuds also acts as the portable charging case; you’ll need it to charge the earbuds by using the microUSB port on the back. In other words, you do not want to lose the case! The noise-canceling will be automatically disabled when in the carry case, so unless you place them in their rightful home, otherwise you’ll run the battery down in no time.
The Blue LEDs on the charging case indicate that QuietOn Sleep is in charging mode. On the other hand, if there are no LEDs, it means that the charging was complete at over an hour.
Generally, you’ll find flaws in the QuietOn Sleep Earbuds. The mode switching is a hit and miss affair, and having to press both earbuds takes another step, which makes it a troublesome process. There’s also no way to switch them off or charge them without their carry case. Besides, it also comes with a hefty price tag as well.
But overall, the QuietOn Sleep earbuds are capable when it comes to their active noise cancellation technology for low-frequency sounds. The earbuds work as promised to eliminate unwanted noise and frequencies. Furthermore, it is minimal, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. The 20-hour battery life should be able to accommodate all your deep night sleep.
Yes, it is. It turns out that listening to music can help people with sleep disorders by improving sleep quality and quantity. Putting on some calming tune can help you fall asleep quicker, wake up less frequently at night, and feel more rested and energized in the morning. Music can positively help sleepers of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly, be it at naptime or night time.
Headphones usually put the source of sound further away from your inner ears as compared to earbuds. This additional space can protect your eardrums from the strain and tension of listening to direct noise. Also, you are advised to listen to music at volumes lower than 85 decibels because anything higher may cause damage to your eardrum.
Absolutely! A pair of quality headphones or earbuds can certainly enhance your children’s sleeping quality. The only caution is to supervise the audio volume and your children’s sleeping position. Plus, for safety reasons, you can always opt for a wireless version if you’re worried about the wires might cause a choking or strangling hazard. But I recommend parents to let their children wear headphones at alternate nights; just don’t make it a habit for every night routine.
Noise canceling headphones themselves doesn’t pose harm to human health. But higher volumes may carry a potential risk for temporary or permanent hearing loss; therefore, you should always keep it at moderate levels.
Yes, earbuds can increase your risk of ear infections. The moment you put your headphones in, your earbuds will bring in dirt and bacteria into your ears. Over time, it can cause allergic reactions, rashes, or even ear infections. Also, earbuds can increase ear wax build-up and can form a plug that blocks the ear.
With 7.7 billion people on earth, the world is a noisy and hectic place. With the help from a set of headphones or earbuds, you can get a peaceful night of sleep. It is a blessed luxury that most people can afford.
Sleeping with headphones is an ideal way to improve your sleeping quality by allowing you to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep throughout the night. The ability to block out unwanted, disturbing sound at the ear is a specific benefit of sleeping with headphones. Whether you’re listening to white noise, ambient music, classical music, a guided meditation soundtrack or other music that helps you relax, you’ll wake up feeling much better rested and energetic than having irritating external noises that kept you awake at night.
All things compared, I still love SleepPhones® Effortless™ the most. Firstly, it’s the design. The versatile design and lightweight utility of the SleepPhones Effortless makes it comfortable not only when wearing in bed, kicking back on the couch on a Sunday morning, but are also suitable in the car for road trips, or camping trips. You could also wear it while riding a train, traveling by airplane or car, and more.
Next, the SleepPhones® Effortless™ get rid of the wires, thus, it is completely wireless, which means that they’ll provide you with all the freedom to toss and turn around the bed without worrying you might break it or dropped your phone to the floor.
They also have a good battery life, which is up to 10.5 hours of non-stop playback. Most importantly, they are suitable for noise-cancellation with white noise, instrumental music, audiobooks, or ambient soundscapes that could make you feel relax and help you fall asleep as quickly as possible.
I am a big advocate that having a great sleep is something everyone deserves. With over 10 years of experience in this field, I would love to use this platform as a means to help you achieve a good night sleep.
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