Best Headphones for sleeping 2017

Gone are the days of getting sore ears when sleeping with your headphones on. There are now a wide range of options to choose from so that you can sleep through the night while listening to whatever kind of audio you want – from relaxing music, to hypnosis tracks, to binaural beats.

I have gone through many websites searching for the perfect headphones for sleeping in, and I have collated my results into recommendations below in my review of the best headphones for sleeping in. I hope that you find the option that suits you. If you have any recommendations or experiences you would like to share, please get in touch.

ModelTypeWhat's cool about it?Rating 
SleepPhonesHeadbandBluetooth option
Different headband materials
4.7/5Check Price
CozyPhonesHeadbandCheap
Lycra Headband
Loved by thousands
4.3/5Check Price
BedPhonesOn Ear HeadphonesSlim
Great Quality
4.4/5Check Price
Conair Sound Therapy PillowPillow with built in SpeakerAll in one package
Comfy Pillow
3.8/5Check Price
PillowSonic SpeakerUnder Pillow SpeakerSlim
Great alternative
4/5By from Amazon

Types of Headphones for Sleeping

  • Headband headphones. These are a headband made out of soft fabric, with slim headphones inside. There are wired and wireless versions.
  • Slim on-ear headphones. There are models designed specifically for sleeping, which means they shouldn’t dig into your head or ears.
  • Pillow speaker. Not headphones, but it means you can play music without needing to wear them. There are pillows you can buy with the speaker built in, or you can just put a speaker under your pillow.
  • Small in-ear headphones
  • Under Pillow Speaker

 

AcousticSheep SleepPhones Wireless Bluetooth

Sleephones

If you are anything like me, you have had your fair share of disrupted nights sleep. For me, it’s anxiety that keeps me up during the night, and I use Binaural Beats to help calm my mind. For this, I have found the AcousticSheep SleepPhones to be the perfect product.

Summary

The AcousticSheep Sleephones were one of the first companies to design headphones specifically for sleeping. This is a high quality product that is designed to be worn for a long time without causing discomfort.

Details, Specs and Features

The Sleepphones come in Bluetooth and corded versions. In my opinion, the bluetooth option is better because it means you won’t be bothered by a cable, but then you will need to worry about charging the headphones. They have 8-12 hours battery life, so if you have them playing tunes all night then you will need to charge them after every use.

They have 2 options for the cover, fleece and breeze. Breeze is a thin and breathable fabric made from polyester. The speakers are very thin, so even when sleeping on your side you shouldn’t be bothered by them.

The build quality is decent, and it is backed by a 1 year warranty as long as you don’t abuse or misuse the headphones – they aren’t waterproof! They have a velcro strap at the back of the headband which you open to get to the headphones. To charge the headphones, there is a small control box that you plug a USB cable into. The headphones can also be completely removed from the headband to charge.

My Experience

There are many reasons why I love these headphones, it’s hard to know where to start.

I have Wireless SleepPhones with the Breeze cover. In my opinion this is better than the Fleece cover (which is on most of Amazon’s listings) because it doesn’t get so hot. Unless you are sleeping in a very cold room, I don’t think it’s necessary to wear a fleece headband! I chose the wireless option because I have worn wired headphones to bed before, and found that the cable was annoying if I moved during the night.

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CozyPhones Sleep Headphones

Summary

Cheap and Cheerful! These headphones are low priced for the features you get.

  • Pack inclues a travel bag
  • Thin Lycra fabric (also options of Fleece or contour)
  • Thin & soft speakers
  • Tangle free cable

Details, Specs and Features

These headphones are incredibly popular, and very well reviewed. They do not have a wireless model unfortunately, so if you do not want a cable you will need to look at another option. In saying that, the cable has a fabric cover which stops it from tangling, and is more comfortable than a typical cable.

The most popular option is made out of lycra, which makes it useful for sleeping in, or for exercise.  The cover can be removed for cleaning, which you will probably want to do if you are sleeping with them a lot.

They only come in a cabled model (no bluetooth option unfortunately) with an extra long 52″ cable. They only have 1 size which is very stretchy, so it should fit even the biggest heads! There are a range of colours to choose from too.

The speakers are 1/8″ thick which makes them barely noticeable when you are sleeping on your side. They are also removable so you can take them out before washing the headband.

Why you should consider them

  • Cheap
  • Huge fan base proving it’s a great product
  • Full of features
  • Good quality

One negative bit of feedback is that he speakers can move around at night which means they may not stay on your ears. One smart buyer figured out a way to do this by using velcro (http://amzn.to/2pIcJfm) – Take the speakers out, and put one velcro pad on each speaker. Then I put the speaker back in one at a time, adjusted its position to where my ear would be, and used a safety pin to mark its position, then took the speaker back out, inverted the headband to find where the safety pin was (on the inside), then stuck the opposite velcro piece on.

Overall, good headphones for the price, but if you can afford them, the AcousticSheep SleepPhones are an all round better option.

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Bedphones Gen. 3 On-Ear Sleep Headphones

Bedphones Sleeping Headphones

Summary

The bedphones are the 3rd option which have been specifically designed with sleep in mind. The design is similar to over-ear headphones, in a very slim package. They are the main rival of the SleepPhones, and have a solid track record. They have a very thin profile so they sit flat against your ears.

Details, Specs and Features

The main benefit of these headphones over the headband style is that these are more likely to stay in the same place while your are sleeping. With the headbands, there have been reports of issues with the speakers in the headphones moving around in the night.

These headphones are a good option for back sleepers. The headphones have a cable that goes behind your ears, so if you sleep on your side you may not find them very comfortable.

They come with a sturdy travel case, so would work well in your travel kit for cutting out plane engines or other background noise.

The Gen 3 model also has an inline microphone with controls. This gives you a way to answer phone calls, and change the volume level from the control on the cable.

Why you should consider them

  • Very slim
  • Good Quality
  • Comfortable

The only negative feedback about these is the quality of the speaker. If you are only using these while sleeping, it is unlikely to be a problem. But if you are planning to use them elsewhere, you may want to look at the SleepPhones, or even a separate pair of headphones.

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Conair Sound Therapy Pillow

Conair Pillow

The Conair Sound Therapy Pillow is a good alternative to headphones. Wearing something on your head can get uncomfortable in the night, and may disrupt your sleep.

With the Conair, you can either choose to play one of the 10 inbuilt sounds to help you sleep, or you can plug in your phone/mp3 player and use that to play sounds. If you do use your phone, I recommend putting it on aeroplane mode to prevent you from being woken up by notifications.

The Conair is powered by 2 AA batteries. The most cost effective way to run the pillow will be to use rechargable batteries. This is also more environmentally friendly than disposing of batteries frequently, and should save you a lot of money over time.

The main control for the speakers is a small unit at the end of the pillow. From here you can set a timer for the pillow to shut off after 15/30/60 minutes, and change the volume level. This is also where you control the sounds that play if you do not use an external music player with it.

The pillow has a polyester fill, and is reasonably firm.

If you are a looking for an all in one package, this is a good option.

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PillowSonic Under-Pillow Speaker

Pillowsonic Speaker

Short Summary

If you already have a pillow that you love, the PillowSonic Speaker is an alternative to swapping out your pillow for a the Conair. The PillowSonic is a slim device which you can just slide under your existing pillow and listen to a an audio track while you’re sleeping

Details, Specs and Features

The PillowSonic is a simple and effective design that has given thousands of people a great solution. It has a 6 foot 3.5mm audio cable connected to dual micro speakers for high quality stereo sound. It comes with a removable foam cover which brings it to 0.8 inches thick, but once you have a pillow on top of it, it should compress down to about half of that so you won’t even know it’s there!

The speaker is loud enough to hear through your pillow, although if you have a memory foam pillow you will probably need to turn the sound right up.

The audio cable has a volume control on it, which makes it handy to modify the volume without needing to use your phone, or even turn it right off in the middle of the night. It is compatible with any device that has a 3.5mm jack – including iPhones (not iPhone 6 as it is bluetooth only…),  Android, TVs and virtually any other music player you can think of!

Why you should consider it

There are a few benefits this speaker has over the other options in this list. If you:

  • Don’t want to wear headphones or a headband while sleeping
  • Don’t want a new pillow

Then this is ideal as you can keep your existing comfortable bed setup, and just add audio to it without bothering your partner or housemates.

Value for the money

If you are looking for a cheap option, this is a great way to go. You may have bought headphones for sleeping with and found them uncomfortable, or just want to try sleeping with audio playing. Overall, a great entry level product designed very well.

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