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Best Headphones for Sleeping (2017 Update)

Best Headphones for Sleeping

If you enjoy listening to music as you drift off to sleep, you’re probably familiar with waking up hours later to pinched ears or tangled cords. Still, studies have shown that music can improve your sleep quality and help you fall asleep. That means you need the best sleep headphones to stay comfortable and well-rested.

Product

Best for

Rating

Sleep-only applications

Multiple uses

Music and phone functions

Cold weather

In-ear style

Benefits of Wearing Headphones to Sleep

Wearing headphones to sleep is for more than exhausted college students and night owl professionals. Many people are intentionally wearing their headphones to bed, and with positive results.

Whether you’re trying to reduce noise for yourself or your housemates, wearing headphones to bed can help relax and de-stress you as you fall asleep.

Cut Out Ambient Noise

Depending on what type of headphones you choose, the level of noise-canceling will vary. Regardless, listening to music at bedtime via headphones will drown out the neighborhood dogs and noises of the city. This is exceptionally helpful if you have housemates who stay up later than you do or if someone in your household snores.

Let Music Soothe You

In a study that investigated music’s effects on people with poor sleep quality, people who listened to forty-five minutes of classical music before bed reported a better sleep experience.

The participants listened to the music each night before bed over the course of three weeks, and the study concluded that relaxing classical music could even help treat insomnia.

Drift Off with Positive Thoughts

Even if classical isn’t your ideal genre of music, listening to music that you enjoy will help you think positive thoughts as you fall asleep. While you should steer away from loud music that keeps you from feeling sleepy, any song that elicits good vibes will help you relax and end the day on a positive note.

Check out this video below for more about how music affects our brains, whether we’re going to sleep or not.

How to Choose the Best Headphones for Sleeping

When shopping for the best headphones to sleep in, comfort is an important measure. Your unique needs also factor in to which model headphones will work best for you.

Comfort Considerations

If you’re already wearing headphones to sleep, you might be looking for a more comfortable solution. Traditional over-ear headphones are often bulky and uncomfortable for side-sleepers or those who are sensitive to pressure on their heads. At the same time, even the flattest headphones on the market today may not feel comfortable enough for sleeping.

Your Unique Needs

You might prefer Bluetooth-enabled headphones over models with a cord, or you may opt for over-ear headphones rather than a headband style. Your personal preferences will dictate which features are most important overall.

Product

Best for

Rating

Sleep-only applications

Multiple uses

Music and phone functions

Cold weather

In-ear style

The Best Headphones for Sleeping

Here are my top five picks for best sleeping headphones.

An adjustable headband design from 18.9 to 22 inches lets you fit the stretchy material over your ears and position the interior speakers. The cable has volume control, so you don’t have to reach for your device to turn the music up or down.

Breathable Lycra fabric means you won’t be sweating or overheating in this headband. The headband also doubles as an eye mask whether you’re at home, on a plane, or commuting on public transportation.

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    Washable (just remove the speaker portion)
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    Dual use for exercise and sleep applications
Cons:
  • Wired headphone (no Bluetooth capability)

These are the flattest headphones I’ve seen on the market, and at a low enough price point to make them inexpensive to test. Over-ear pads won’t irritate your inner ear, and the thin headband is lightweight. At this price range, JVC’s FLATS don’t offer a noise-canceling function, so you can expect some ambient noise bleed through.

Clear sound with somewhat limited bass accommodates multiple genres of music. An almost four-foot cord means you can move around with yanking your device with you.

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    Slim, lightweight design
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    Assorted color options
Cons:
  • Wired design with no wireless option

Wired headphones with ultra-thin interior speakers offer a comfortable listening experience. Control buttons along the cord provide volume and phone controls. Accept or reject phone calls without taking your headphones off, or plug into a stereo or MP3 device.

A braided cord lends durability whether you’re sleeping or even working out. The washable and breathable fabric can also double as an eye mask while you listen to music.

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    Washable (remove speaker portion)
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    Music/phone controls along the cord
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    Thin speaker pads (1/8”) with cushioning
Cons:
  • Wired headphone with no Bluetooth function

A stylish beanie type hat covers your entire head while embedded speakers pipe in your favorite music. A keypad on the side of the beanie lets you control the volume and answer phone calls via smartphone.

These cordless headphones will last up to 3.5 hours on a single two-hour charge, and they’ll retain battery life for 60 hours on standby. Bluetooth-only function means you’ll need to verify device compatibility before purchasing.

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    Bluetooth function so you can go wireless
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    Doubles as a hat to keep you warm
Cons:
  • Potential for overheating due to full head coverage
  • Speakers are hard plastic so users might feel the edges while wearing

Wireless headphones with a headband and earbud style eliminate bulky earpads of standard headphones. These in-ear headphones will please those who dislike having their entire ear covered, and the Bluetooth function frees you from cords.

This style comes with removable “cat ears” which light up via interior LED lights. When you’re not using the earbud function, the magnetic buds attach to the headband for storage.

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    In-ear style for users who dislike earpads
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    Detachable cord so you can choose Bluetooth or wired function
Cons:
  • Plastic headband doesn’t allow size adjustments

Conclusion

With its additional features and comfortable headset, MMUSS Sleep Headphones earn my vote for best headphones for sleeping. Their speakers are the thinnest and most cushioned I have found, and the fact that the headband is Lycra means it’s breathable and comfortable.

AGPTEK’s Sleep Headphones offer many of the same functions, minus phone controls on the cord like the MMUSS model, making them a good deal for the price.

JVC FLATS are slim enough to wear to bed but double as a functional headset for other purposes, although some users may still find that they’re too bulky for side-sleeping. ZenNutt’s beanie headphones are arguably the coziest in colder weather, but their comfort rating suffers a little due to the plastic edges of the interior speakers.

Ultimately, Zoetouch’s headband headset will appeal to users who prefer earbuds, but I find that over-ear headphones are superior when it comes to comfort.

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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