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Best Headphones for Sleeping

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on November 18, 2017
Best Headphones for Sleeping

Many people enjoy falling to sleep while listening to music. However, there are also a lost of people that prefer the quiet. So, what do you do if you want the music on at night but your beloved wants nothing but the still of the night to drift off to?

First, you should try and convince your partner that listening to music while drifting off can actually be good for you. Some studies have shown that not only can music help you fall asleep quicker, it can also help improve the overall quality of your sleep. The reason for this is because our brains respond to music automatically, without us even thinking about it.

For example, when listening to music our heart rate and breathing mirror that of the song that’s playing. And, different genres have the ability to change the hormone levels within the body. Listening to music activates both the left and right side of the brain. This enhances your problem-solving abilities as it uses both the creativeness of the left side of your brain and the logic of the right side simultaneously.   

If however, you have a partner that’s stubborn as a mule and so set in their ways that they won’t change their sleeping habits, your next best option to getting what you want is to invest in a decent set of sleep headphones. In this article, we’ll take you through some of the main benefits of wearing headphones to sleep as well as explore some of the things to consider when making your purchase.

Benefits of Wearing Headphones to Sleep

As well as the fact that a lot of people enjoy falling to sleep while listening to some of their favorite sounds, there are also many benefits to wearing headphones to sleep, including:

Reduce outside noise

It goes without saying that unless you live in the middle of nowhere (where even no animals live), you will always experience some kind of outside noise that may keep you awake. Putting on some headphones to listen to your favorite sounds before you go to sleep will help drown all that unwanted noise out.

It will also help you keep your own inner thoughts at bay, including things you may not have got done in the day or things that need doing tomorrow. These are all the kinds of thoughts that are likely to keep you awake at night.

Better sleep experience 

Wearing headphones to sleep can help enhance both the quality and quantity of your sleep. It’s the same theory behind singing lullabies to babies to get them to sleep. Hearing soothing sounds will automatically make the body feel more calm and relaxed, helping you fall asleep much quicker and stay asleep much longer.

Regularly listening to melodies while falling asleep will multiply the positive effects. As well as hearing the soothing sounds to help you relax, even the ritual of playing music right before you sleep can help get your body and mind prepped for rest. Eventually, you may find that you can doze off almost instantly as you’ve effectively trained your body when it’s time to go to sleep.    

Encourage positive thoughts

Listening to music we enjoy stimulates the production of the feel-good chemical, serotonin. This chemical is responsible for making us feel good, so it makes sense to boost these levels before sleep to make ourselves feel happy and more relaxed.  

What to Consider When Buying Sleep Headphones

Comfort 

When looking to purchase a pair of sleep headphones, the level of comfort is definitely a key consideration. The more comfortable the headphones are the easier it will be to fall asleep with them on.

Be sure to look for a material that won’t cause you to sweat after an extended period of time. Also, make sure the structural design of the headphones does’t place too much pressure on your ears.  

Wired or wireless 

Sleep headphones come in two varieties: wired and wireless. While the wired variety is no doubt the cheaper option, they’re not necessarily the better option. If you’re someone who tends to move around a lot in their sleep, then wireless sleep headphones may be the better option for you as there’s no risk of getting tangled up in the cord. 

Compatibility 

If you do go with the wired option, be sure to check they’re compatible with your music player. Most wired sleep headphones these days use a standard 3.5mm jack that will work with any smartphone, MP3, or MP4 player.

Sound quality 

The sound quality of sleep headphones varies considerably, and a lot of times it’s because of price differences. Higher priced headphones are usually much better quality than those that cost very little. That being said, there are some good deals out there, so just keep a careful eye out.

Noise isolation

This is often one of the main reasons people buy sleep headphones as often they have a partner who snores like a banshee. If this is you, be sure to look for a pair that has good noise reduction qualities. While all sleep headphones will reduce noise somewhat, the level in which they do this varies across the board.

Some work by just blocking out just low-frequencies such as the hum of an engine, while others work by blocking out pretty much everything, including alarms and screaming babies. But, if you’re someone who needs to drown it all out, be sure to look for headphones that offer active noise cancellation. The way these headphones work is by using electronic signals to mirror sounds around you, delivering those to you instead.     

Ergonomics 

Different people sleep in different positions, and the way in which you sleep may determine for you the type of sleep headphones you should opt for. If you’re someone who sleeps on their side then over-the-ear headphones may not work for you. And similarly, if you’re someone who rolls around a lot, you’ll definitely be better off with a wireless pair.

Battery life 

If you’re going for the wireless option, then be sure to check out the headphone’s battery life. The last thing you want is to get nice and relaxed, just about to drop off, when suddenly your headphone’s battery dies and instead of drifting off into dreamland, you drift back down to the hustle and bustle of the city outside.

Budget 

This is always something to bear in mind when making any purchase. Sleep headphones vary a little when it comes to price, but as a general rule of thumb you can pick up a decent pair for less than $50. And, considering all the extra hour sleep you’ll get by using them, it’s a bargain! 

Reviews

Made using breathable, stretchy lycra, these AGPTEK Sleep Headphones not only feel incredible but with an adjustable headband that ranges from 18.9 inches to 22 inches, they’re a great fit for just about anyone. Although they’re corded, there’s still plenty of room to maneuver and you should have no worries about getting tangled up at night.

AGPTEK Sleep Headphones Soft Lycra Mesh Lining with Volume Control and Bag for Sleeping, Sports, Air Travel, Snoring, Insomnia, Meditation & Relaxation, Black

The thing I quite like about these headphones is that it can be used as a mask too and works wonders at keeping the light out. You can easily clean the headband by simply undoing the Velcro fastening and removing the speakers. Then simply pop the headband in the washing machine.

In terms of sound quality, headband speakers will never be as loud as earbuds that go inside your ear, and so you may think they seem a little quiet. But when you’re trying to fall asleep you don’t want the volume to be too loud anyway.

The only other slight bad point is that they’re a little pricey. But, the overall quality is good and they serve their purpose well. So, what more do you want?    

Pros
  • Very comfortable
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    Well-made
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    Great fit for a wider range of head sizes
Cons
  • A little quiet

Available in black, gray, or violet, the CozyPhones Sleep Headphones are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a pair of high-quality sleep headphones that are both comfortable and easy to use. They’re very well cushioned and feel nice and snug when wearing, The sound quality is also pretty good.

CozyPhones Sleep Headphones Contour Series with Cool Mesh Lining & Ultra Thin Earphones - Perfect for Air Travel, Meditation, AMSR & Insomnia

Because these headphones come in a headband style, they don’t cause any unnecessary pressure on your ears while sleeping. The speakers can be easily removed to allow for washing of the headband, and it doubles up as a face mask to help block out the light also.

The thing I like most about this headband is that it’s made out of lycra, meaning it won’t overheat. It also comes with a really long 1.5-meter cord to ensure you don’t get tangled while wearing them.

There isn’t too much bad to say about these headphones, as they fit well, look great, and are easy to use. What I will say is that it is only one-size fits all, so if you have a particularly big or small head this may not be the best option for you.

Pros
  • Available in 3 great colors
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    Well-cushioned
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    Extra long cord
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    Doubles up as a face mask
Cons
  • One-size-fits-all covers quite a narrow size range

If you’re someone who loves technology and likes to stay ahead of the game, then be sure to check out these fantastic headphones on offer from Sleepace. The first thing I’d like to point out about these headphones is that they’re made from a super silky smooth material that’s so plush you barely even know you’ve got it on.

Sleepace Sleep Headphones Comfortable Washable Eye Mask w' Built-in Light & Thin Earphone for Sleep Sideways, Perfect for Air Travel, Relaxation, Meditation, Insomnia-Black S(20.87”~21.65”)

It comes equipped with a long 1.5-meter cord, to allow flexibility while sleeping and the speakers are completely detachable allowing you to wash the mask as and when required. What I love most about these headphones is the advanced in-sleep monitoring system that stops the music automatically when you’ve fallen asleep. There’s also a built-in alarm clock function that wakes you up naturally by gently sounding an alarm when you’re in the lightest part of your sleep. 

The only real downside that I found with these headphones is that even though they come in 4 different size options, they’re a little on the small side. So when making your selection, be sure to go for one size bigger than you think.   

Pros
  • Very comfortable
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    Detachable speakers
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    Auto-switch off music function
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    Built-in alarm clock
Cons
  • Sizes are small

You won’t get cold or tired with help from the ZenNutt Bluetooth Beanie Hat. A very versatile product, to say the least, these headphones are ideal for wearing to fall asleep or for wearing when out and about and you want a little music to accompany you.

ZenNutt Bluetooth Beanie Hat Unisex Black Knit Cap Wireless Musical Running Headphones Hat with 2 Speakers & Mic Unique Tech Christmas Gifts for Men Women Teen Boys Girls

This Bluetooth hat has an integrated rechargeable battery that’s capable of supporting up to 3.5 hours of playing time. That should be enough to send even the stubbornest of you asleep! It takes just 2 hours to fully recharge and there's a wireless range of 33 feet (10m).

The thing I like most about the ZenNutt Bluetooth Beanie Hat is that there are no wires for you to get wrapped up in. So if you are someone who tosses and turns a lot in their sleep, this may be the perfect product for you. All the controls are within easy reach and located conveniently on the side of the hat.

Where this product falls a little short is that the speakers are made of a very hard plastic and are a little uncomfortable to lay on. And, being a full-on beanie, it can get a little hot at times.   

Pros
  • Stylish beanie hat design
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    Cordless
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    Conveniently located controls
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    Great price
Cons
  • Speakers could be a little softer

If you’re looking for a set of Bluetooth headphones that are easy to use, work really well, and are super comfortable to wear, then be sure to check out these. The CUTEFA Bluetooth Sleeping Eye Mask Headphones is a very innovative product. Being wireless, you can simply connect to any Bluetooth device in which to play your favorite songs. It takes around 2 - 2.5 hours to charge via USB and from that, you get more than 10 hours of play time!

Bluetooth Sleeping Eye Mask Headphones, Upgrade-Black Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Music Eye Mask, Built-in Bluetooth 4.2 Speakers Microphone, Perfect for iPhone 7 8, Android Cellphone - Whole Night

Made from velvet and elastic cotton, these headphones are by far the most comfortable I have ever worn. They’re suitable for anyone with a head size between 20.3 and 26.5 inches and are snug in all the right places. They also feel so soft and plush that anyone would find it hard not to relax with these on.

Like most headband/eye mask headphones, the sound is a little quieter than what you’d expect to hear with regular headphones, but are still plenty loud enough to help you fall asleep. 

Pros
  • 10 hours play time from one single charge
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    Super comfortable
Cons
  • A little quiet

We hope by now you have a much clearer idea in your mind as to the type of sleep headphones that will be best for you. If it’s comfort you’re after, then the AGPTEK Sleep Headphones are a good choice, but you have to sacrifice the wireless option. If this is an important feature for you then I highly recommend the CUTEFA Bluetooth Sleeping Headphones. They too are super comfortable, and as long as they’re fully charged, you get a staggering 10 hours+ of uninterrupted play time to help you remain relaxed and get a good night’s sleep.

FAQs

  • Q: Are sleep headphones suitable for kids too?

    A: Absolutely. If you live in an area that’s particularly noisy or if your child has trouble sleeping in total quiet, sleep headphones can be a great way to ensure they get a decent night’s sleep. Most adult models are fully adjustable to fit heads of all sizes. But, if you do find the adults models are too big for your child, there are specially designed children’s models available too which may be worth considering.
  • Q: Can listening to music before bed help those with insomnia?

    A: Yes. There have been a number of studies completed that have shown the positive effects music has on one’s sleeping patterns. Music can help you fall asleep much faster and stay asleep longer.
  • Q: Do certain kinds of songs work better than others when trying to fall asleep?

    A: According to textbooks, music that falls between 60 and 80 beats per minute is the ideal kind of music to help you relax. The reason for this is that this rhythm most closely matches that of our own heartbeat. That being said, everyone is different and you’ll soon find what music works for you and what doesn’t.
About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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