Do you need sleep headphones?
Wearing headphones (also called earphones) to sleep can be uncomfortable, painful and even dangerous. Bulky over ear headphones only allow you to sleep on your back, and in ear earphones can cause ear canal pain and a build up of wax with prolonged use. Sleep headphones are designed specifically for sleeping in. They are soft, comfortable, flexible and often cordless.
Sleep headphones can help treat insomnia in two ways:
1. Blocking out environmental noise
Sometimes there are noises in our sleeping environment that are outside of our control. These noises can be partying neighbors, local wildlife, traffic noises, a snoring partner, or anything else. If these noises are keeping you from getting to sleep or waking you up from your slumber, it’s time to fix it.
2. Providing soothing and relaxing sleep audio
There are a range of things that you can listen to that are actually designed to help you sleep. As mentioned above, classical music is a popular traditional option. There are also a range of new age alternatives like guided meditation, delta waves and binaural beats put to music that can help you get to sleep.
Please note that binaural beats work by sending a different sound into each ear, which means they will only work when wearing stereo headphones.
Features needed in sleep headphones
If you are in the market for a pair of sleep headphones, here are the features that you want to look for:
• Does not go into your ear
• Can be worn when sleeping on your side
• Trusted brand – for safety
• Sound quality
The best sleep headphones
SleepPhones by AcouticSheep are the most popular sleep headphones. It’s no wonder they call them pajamas for your ears!
They consist of a soft headband with thin adjustable and removable speakers at the sides. Nothing goes into your ears and the headband is soft and padded. They tick all of the boxes in the section above, including being perfect for side sleepers.
Safety is the most important feature with sleep headphones, you want quality batteries and electronics that are manufactured to code by a brand with a proven track record. SleepPhones are RoHS/CE compliant with the highest standards for electronics and batteries.
The speakers in SleepPhones are surprisingly high quality. They are made exclusively for AcouticSheep by a company that also makes high-end audiophile quality speakers.
The SleepPhones headbands are also hypoallergenic, latex-free and machine-washable (take out the speakers first), which makes them a winner. They also come in sizes small, medium and large, to suit every head.
Julia from I Dream of Sleep raves about SleepPhones, she says “The first night I wore my sleep headphones, it was like the heavens parted and angels sang. I fell asleep and stayed asleep all night because all I heard was gentle rain falling on a tin roof instead of my husband sawing logs.”
There are a few different types of SleepPhones. Below is a chart from SleepPhones on the differences in the models. Please note that the prices on the chart below are in US dollars but they are happy to ship internationally.