If you like to listen to music while sleeping you know all to well how annoying earbuds and headphones are while trying to sleep. After spending years putting up with uncomfortable headphones to wear at night, we discovered a collection of headphones for sleeping — including one pair that connects to your TV wirelessly.
These headphones are designed specifically to wear while you are in bed and trying to fall asleep. These are slim headphones, mostly with cords, that don’t stick into an ear to poke a user or strap around with a normal over the top headband.
There are three main designs in use, a thin headband with speakers in both sides, a wrap around design that keeps small headphones on your ears and pillow speakers that sit on or under a pillow.
Why do we need headphones for sleeping? Many of us cannot listen to music late at night with a spouse or significant other in the bedroom. Listening to music, specifically classical music, is linked to better sleep quality. There are also special sleep tracks and playlists designed to help users fall asleep faster and white noise apps that can drown out annoying noises.
Whatever your reason, these are the best headphones for sleeping. Most of these are wired, but we did find one pair of Bluetooth headphones for sleeping in. Expect to spend at least $40 for a good pair of headphones to wear in bed, with prices approaching $100 for the wireless models.
We’ve seen a lot of options appear on Kickstarter promising noise cancelling and advanced monitoring of sleep, like the Kokoon, but we are waiting to see what the finished product is like before adding to this list.
In our experience, expect good sound, but nothing approaching audiophile quality. There will be some noise leaking out that may irritate light sleepers nearby, but with a little volume control this is remedied pretty easily.
Bedphones Gen 3
Bedphones are the headphones I've used to sleep with for over a year. These small, thin headphones don't quite disappear while laying my head on a pillow, but it is comfortable enough that I can fall asleep with them on.
The cord is long enough to keep a phone on the night stand and while I often wake up with them on the floor, I don't get tangled up and I have yet to pull my phone off the night stand. The current model includes a $5 upgrade to add a microphone and a single button. This button won't let you change the volume, but it should let most phones pause, play and skip tracks.
If you've used an older model it is worth looking into the more durable new version that includes more comfortable ear wraps with a better fit to your head and a thicker cord.
$59.95 at BedPhones