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Rest easy and drift off to sleep in practically no time with one these top picks
It’s one of the worst feelings to be both exhausted and unable to fall asleep. We’ve been there, and counting sheep just doesn’t cut it. However, listening to music before bed may be a better option, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It has a direct effect on your parasympathetic nervous system, and it has the power to slow your heart rate and breathing, lower your blood pressure, and even trigger your muscles to relax.
So, whether you want to cue up some classical music, rain sounds, or ASMR videos on YouTube for a better night’s rest, we’ve tested 10 different sleep headphones for comfort and sound clarity that can hopefully help you finally get that much-needed sleep you deserve.
1 AcousticSheep SleepPhones Wireless Headband Headphones ( Best overall)
The AcousticSheep SleepPhones are a wireless pair of sleep headphones nestled in a super soft headband. We spent several nights wearing them to bed and fell in love with them for their easy setup, onboard controls, good fit, and lack of wires. Plus, they’re the most comfortable sleeping headphones you can buy.
They come in three sizes, two fabric options, and five different colors. After measuring our noggin, we settled on a medium fleece model that came in gray.
For those who run hot, there’s also a polyester and spandex option called “Breeze” made from a more breathable fabric that’s not as thick and warm.
These sleep headphones don’t even come close to offering the same sound quality as regular headphones in their price range. But they are extremely comfortable for sleepers of all types — side, back, stomach, you name it. They offer a snug fit that doesn’t feel too tight.
Plus, we were able to use them for three consecutive nights before they needed to be recharged. AcousticSheep says you can expect 13 hours of use. To maximize battery life, we recommend setting a sleep timer on your smartphone, or creating a playlist so you don’t just shuffle your entire music library for the night.
2 Joseche Wireless Sleep Mask
This pair of sleep headphones allows users to drift off to sleep in complete darkness while listening to their favorite soothing sounds. It pairs to a smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, meaning you won’t have to fuss with any annoying cords that’ll get in the way.
The headset uses a Velcro strap for ensuring that you get a tight fit, without letting any light enter. Its rechargeable battery offers 9 hours of juice, plus there is even a microphone built in for taking phone calls.
We appreciate that the eye mask is made of a breathable material which won’t get too hot, and the fabric is machine washable.
3 Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones
If you don’t want to spend your extra cash on a fancy pair of sleep headphones, these no-frills earbuds cost less than $10 and deliver surprisingly decent audio quality. They come in a myriad of colors including blue, green, orange, pink, and red. You also have the choice to get an inline microphone for phone calls.
The headphones sport a 43-inch-long cable and ultra soft tips that conform to your ear shape for a comfortable and tight fit.
4 CozyPhones Contour Series Sleep Headphones
If you don’t want to splurge on wireless sleep headphones, consider this wired pair instead. CozyPhones are a comfortable and affordable option, and because they’re wired, you don’t have to worry about charging them.
We tested the CozyPhone Contour series, which has a mesh lining over the standard pair’s all-fleece design. The breathable fabric helps keep things cool, but the CozyPhones only come in one size, so they may not fit everyone.
During our testing, we found that the headphones’ 52-inch cord was plenty long enough to keep our smartphone on a nightstand, but if you toss and turn a lot, you’ll probably want to keep the attached device with you in the bed. This way, your phone won’t fall off the nightstand when you inevitably roll over and tug on the cord.
We like that the CozyPhone has a braided cable that never seems to get tangled. Its sound quality is clear, and at maximum volume, the headphones are loud enough to drown out snoring.
5 MAXROCK Sleep Earplugs
For those searching for a pair of affordable earbuds that you can use in bed or on the go, we recommend MAXROCK’s earbuds.
This lightweight and comfortable pair features squishy silicone earbuds that won’t bother you when your head is resting on a pillow. Plus, they have a microphone for answering phone calls during the day.
These sleep headphones come with a carrying case and two differently sized tips for maximum comfort. CULLED FROM BEST