Best Sleep Headphones 2019

You can’t fall asleep. And it’s not because you aren’t
tired. It’s not even because your brain is too busy to allow you to relax
enough to drift off. No, it’s because your partner is lying right next to you,
snoring away.

Of course there are plenty of other things that could
be keeping you awake at night. If you live on a busy street, it could be the
sounds of traffic passing right by your bedroom window. Or maybe you can’t fall
asleep because the neighbors in the apartment next door seem to have their
television turned up to the highest volume setting possible.

If you’re traveling on a plane or train, the noise the
other passengers are making could be keeping you from getting some shuteye.

Noise is one of the top causes of sleepless nights.
And the thing about certain sounds is that there’s often not much you can do about
them. For example, you can’t magically stop your partner from snoring. You also
can’t stop cars from driving by your house at night.

So does that mean that you just have to just accept
the fact that you’re going to be kept awake at night by loud and disruptive

Nope. That’s especially true if you use sleep

What are Sleep

Sleep headphones are designed to both block out and
cover up any noises in your environment that could be keeping you from falling
asleep. And they tend to do their job in two ways.

First, sleep headphones try to block out as much noise
as possible by creating a seal or barrier in or around your ears. Secondly, the
sleep headphones play relaxing sounds or soothing music that helps cover up or
mask the disruptive noises that might be invading your room. Some sleep
headphones have the sounds or music built in. With others, you provide the
music or ambient sounds by plugging the headphones into a device, like a CD
player, an MP3 player, or a white noise generator.

Maybe you’ve heard of noise cancelling headphones. The
trouble with these is that they can be pretty uncomfortable to try to sleep in.
Most traditional headphones make it nearly impossible to sleep on your side
without discomfort and pain. Even if you sleep on your back, the slightest
movement can knock off a pair of traditional headphones. And, if you’re a
restless sleeper, you could actually damage them, and end up having to buy a
new pair.

Sleep headphones are designed to be as comfortable as
possible, whether you sleep on your back or on your side. These products also
stay in place through the night, even if you’re a restless sleeper. And
considering the beating these products can take, especially if you’re a
restless sleeper, most sleep headphones are designed with durability in

If a noisy sleep environment makes it hard for you to
fall asleep at night, or you’re such a light sleeper that even the slightest
noise can wake you up, sleep headphones can be a real life saver. But even
those who don’t usually have trouble falling asleep find that they drift off
faster when using sleep headphones, especially when the
headphones are playing relaxing music or sounds.

Whether you want to drown out the sound of your
partner’s snoring or you hope to be able to get more sleep during noisy plane
trips, sleep headphones might be just what you’re looking for.

But there are a lot of sleep headphones to choose
from. Which ones are right for you?

Here are our top 4 picks for the best sleep headphones
on the market today. Up first are two higher end models. And picks three and
four are good options for those looking for more affordable sleep headphones.

One thing to keep in mind with the more budget
friendly sleep headphones is that the sound quality isn’t going to be as good
as what you’d get with higher end models. If you use the headphones to listen
to your favorite music, the music might not sound quite as nice as it would
with more expensive sleep headphones. Still, our bargain picks do what good sleep
headphones are meant to do, and that’s block out noise so that you can get a
better night’s sleep.

So, without further ado, here are four of the best
sleep headphones you can buy.

Our Top 4 Sleep
Headphones Picks

1. Bose Noise Masking

When it comes to noise cancellation technology, Bose
is a familiar name. In fact, Bose was the company that first introduced noise
cancellation technology.

This is a popular brand known for making quality
products that work. And Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds continue the trend.

While Bose is well known for their noise cancelling
headphones, their research showed that sleepers actually benefitted more when
soothing sounds were used to mask ambient noise. And that’s how the Noise
Masking Sleepbuds were born.

The Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds were specially
designed to drown out sounds that could keep you from getting a good night’s
sleep. On top of that, your choice of soothing sounds will help you drift off
into a peaceful slumber.

Unlike the other products on our list, which are
headbands that fit around your head, the Bose Sleepbuds are, well, earbuds.
These earbuds were designed to fit perfectly inside the ear, and were
engineered to be extremely comfortable.

Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds have a lot going for
them. But here are the features that stood out to us.

Choose the Sound You Want

Bose Sound Masking Sleepbuds drown out unpleasant,
potentially disruptive sounds and replace them with more soothing and relaxing
sounds. Some of the sounds you have to choose from include:

  • Waves rolling onto the beach
  • Leaves rustling
  • A crackling campfire

Not only do these sounds help to drown out any
unpleasant noises that might keep you awake at night, but they also help you

Using the Bose Sleep app, you can choose the sound you
want from the sound library. You can also use the app to adjust the volume

Comfortable Fit

Some people look at the Noise Masking Sleepbuds and
assume they won’t be very comfortable to wear while sleeping. But the folks at
Bose made sure that’s not the case. After an intensive study of ear geometry,
they designed super small earbuds that fit comfortably inside just about any
ear. Thanks to the product’s StayHear+ Sleep tips, these sleepbuds will still
be comfortable after hours of wear.

To make sure the sleepbuds will fit you perfectly,
there are three eartip sizes (small, medium and large) included. Not only will
the right sized eartips be more comfortable, they’ll also ensure that the
sleepbuds block out as much noise as possible.


Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds come packed with

  • They are wireless, so there are no cords worry about.
  • The soothing sounds you hear when wearing Bose Sleepbuds will cover up most unpleasant noises, even the sound of your partner’s snoring.
  • The small, comfortable earbuds stay in place all night.
  • Even if you sleep on your side, you can wear these sleepbuds comfortably.
  • Includes three eartip sizes.
  • You can choose from a library of relaxing pre-loaded sounds.
  • Includes a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours.
  • Use the Bose Sleep app to choose the sound you want, how long the sound plays, and sound’s volume level.
  • Includes a wake up alarm feature. Set it to your desired wake up time, and the alarm will sound at the time. And while you’ll hear the alarm, it won’t disturb your partner.
  • Includes storage case. Your sleepbuds will actually recharge when they are inside the case.
  • Works with devices that support Bluetooth Low Energy (a.k.a. Bluetooth Smart).

While Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds are a bit more
expensive than some other sleep headphones, we also consider it to be among the
best. If you’re looking for a quality product that’s packed with features, you
can’t go wrong with these Noise Masking Sleepbuds from Bose.

2. AcousticSheep
SleepPhones Classic Sleep Headphones

Anyone who has looked into sleep headphones has
probably heard of SleepPhones by AcousticSheep. That’s because this has been a popular
brand of sleep headphones for several years.

Developed by a family physician, the classic
SleepPhones use sound to help block out unpleasant, disruptive noise, making it
easier for you to fall asleep.

Why do we like Sleep Phones?

They are Made with Comfort in Mind

When it comes to choosing sleep headphones, comfort is
a top priority. And, according to AcousticSheep, SleepPhones are the most
comfortably headphones for sleeping that you are likely to find.

SleepPhones have a soft headband that fits comfortably
around your head. And, unlike traditional headphones, SleepPhones won’t crush
your ears. Even if you sleep on your side, you’ll find these sleep headphones
comfortable to wear all night long.

Work With Multiple Devices

You can plug SleepPhones into just about any device
with a 1/8 inch (or 3.5 millimeter) audio jack. That means SleepPhones can be
plugged into laptops, iPads, CD players, MP3 players, white noise generators,
or even your TV. You can use your SleepPhones to listen to relaxing sounds to
block out traffic noise, or the sound of your partner snoring. But you can also
use these sleep headphones to watch TV without disturbing anyone else, or to
listen to music while you are working out.


  • The included cable is 4 feet long.
  • Choose between two fabrics. The fleece headband is extremely soft and comfortable. The headband made of Breeze fabric is equally comfortable, as well as being lightweight and moisture-wicking. No matter which fabric you choose, the washable headband of your SleepPhones won’t shrink or pill when washed.
  • Includes volume and play/pause controls.
  • Covered by a one year limited warranty.
  • Comes in several sizes, including XS, M (or Medium, the most popular size) and XL. While most people find that the Medium works perfectly well for them, it’s nice to have more options with the other two sizes.
  • Available in several different colors.
  • While these classic SleepPhones aren’t wireless, wireless SleepPhones with Bluetooth connectivity are also available.

The AcousticSheep SleepPhones Classic Sleep Headphones
are as comfortable as they are effective. And if you aren’t ready to buy more
expensive sleep headphones, AcousticSheep SleepPhones are a good, mid-range alternative.

Bluetooth Sleep Mask Headphones

For some people, disruptive noises aren’t the only
thing that can keep them awake at night. They are also kept awake by the light
from a TV, the streetlamps outside, or even the illuminated numbers on an alarm
clock.  Fortunately, our next pick can
help take care of that problem, while blocking out unpleasant sounds at the
same time.

Bluetooth Sleep Mask Headphones combine a sleep mask
and sleep headphones in one comfortable package.

Here are a few of the things this product has going
for it.

Extremely Comfortable to Wear

The Bluetooth Sleep Mask Headphones were designed so
that even side sleepers can wear them comfortably. The speakers are extremely
thin coming in at just 1/3 the size of most headphone speakers. The placement
of the speakers can also be adjusted, so you can put them in a position that’s
most comfortable for you.

The Bluetooth module is placed at the front of the
sleep mask, in the forehead area. So whether you sleep on your back, side, or
even your stomach, you won’t have to worry about the module being painfully
squished between your pillow and your head. 

Comfortable and Easy to Care For

The Bluetooth Sleep Mask Headphones are made of a
material that’s 95% cotton and 5% polyester. This makes for a fabric that’s
soft to the touch, and won’t irritate your skin. The material is also washable,
another plus. Just make sure to remove the speakers and Bluetooth module before


Here are some of the things we like about the
Bluetooth Sleep Mask Headphones.

  • They’re wireless, so you can sleep comfortably without any cords to worry about.
  • An LED light lets you know when the battery is fully charged.
  • Provides HD high fidelity sound, for great sound quality.
  • Adjustable, so it can fit heads of any size.
  • Upgrade usb high performance rechargeable battery has a play time of 8 hours or more. And the battery recharges in anywhere from two to two and a half hours, fast for sleep headphones in this price range.
  • Includes a portable pouch for storage and travel.

Many sleep headphones have a headband design, and can
be pulled down over your face. But if you want sleep headphones that are also a
true sleep mask designed to comfortably fit the contours of your face, then the
Bluetooth Sleep Mask Headphones are for you.

4. CozyPhones Sleep

Yes, CozyPhones Sleep Headphones block out noise, and
help you sleep more soundly at night. But these sleep headphones are good for
more than sleeping. You can also use CozyPhones to listen to your favorite
music while working out, to an audio book during your daily walk, or to white
noise while you meditate.

CozyPhones Sleep Headphones have some great features,
including one that’s pretty unique.

Volume Limiting Technology

Loud sounds can damage your hearing. Unfortunately,
many people who use headphones often have the volume up too high without even
realizing it.

CozyPhones have built in volume controlled circuitry
to keep the sound within 90 dB, the recommended safe level. This helps prevent
damage to the inner ear or eardrum that could negatively affect your hearing.

Built Tough and Made to Last

Some of the more affordable sleep headphones aren’t
very durable. But CozyPhones Sleep Headphones were built to last. Thanks to
their flexible and durable design, can twist them, bend them, and stretch them,
and the headband won’t rip or tear.


  • The speakers are ultra thin and removable. They are also cushioned, making CozyPhones even more comfortable.
  • The headband is made of a soft fleece material that’s light and breathable.
  • You can pull the headband down over your eyes to block out any light that could potentially disrupt your sleep.
  • Includes a tangle free cord.
  • The sturdy, 3.5 mm stereo plug will fit most devices.
  • The headband is washable.
  • CozyPhones were designed to fit comfortably around your ears.

CozyPhones Sleep Headphones are one of the most
popular picks on our list, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re in the market
for more affordable sleep headphones, CozyPhones are definitely worth checking
out.  And if loud noises are keeping your
child awake at night, CozyPhones also make sleep headphones especially for

So there you have it, our top picks for the best sleep
headphones on the market today. No matter your budget, we’re sure that our list
will help you find a pair of sleep headphones that are right for you. And
rather than being kept awake at night by disruptive sounds, you can start
enjoying hours of deep, undisturbed sleep.

Sweet dreams.

Our Top Pick
Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds

Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds

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