Although there could be a myriad of reasons for a particular person not to be able to fall asleep on any particular night, the most common reason for insomnia is noise. This is particularly true of noises that we can’t control, such as snoring, loud music, television, insects, wild and domestic animals, the list goes on.
To help with falling asleep, many people turn to headphones for sleeping. Headphones are particularly helpful for the fact that they can somewhat block out the environmental noises that you can’t control and replace them with music or other recording that can help you sleep, and that which you can control.
We promise that this is not materials written for National Car Rental’s “Control Enthusiast” commercials. It is just how modern humans function better in situations that they can control. Ancient humans have probably never heard of insomnia.
Now, there are so many different headphones for sleeping, how do you know which to get? We have taken control and found the best ones for you. Headphones for sleeping do not necessarily mean two earcups and a headband. They can come in many different configurations including earbuds, wired or wireless, headbands or mats with free-air personal speakers, and so on and so forth.
Here are the best headphones for sleeping.
The CozyPhones are sleep headphones in the form of a headband embedded with two ultra-thin speakers, one for each ear. This is the new Contour series featuring a more contoured headband with cool mesh lining and even thinner speakers.
They are marketed as perfect for air travel, meditation, AMSR, and insomnia. We can vouch for their effectiveness at overcoming insomnia and easing air travel. We imagine they would help with meditation as well, but we’re not sure above AMSR or autonomous sensory meridian response. AMSR is the tingling sensation that we get at the back of our skull and the tingle would move down our neck and we would know and feel that we’re in great emotional wellbeing and ready to face life and all with full fervor. AMSR is a sort of natural high – we wish we know how to achieve it reliably.
Back to the CozyPhones, they are great sleep aids. The 1/8” cushioned speakers are removable. In fact, you don’t have to place the speakers directly over your ears and they’ll still work great. The flexible cable is 52” long. It is braided for durability. The connector is a 3.5mm plug.
The CozyPhones are available in 3 colors of black, gray, and violet. They are so affordable that you might as well try a pair. It’s always good to have an arsenal of sleep aids, so you can try all of them until you got to the one that works.
Oittm is a Chinese manufacturer of an interesting range of smart tech accessories. One of them is the Oittm Smart Headrest. Oittm took the concept of headphones for sleeping and turned it into a headrest with speakers and music for helping the user fall asleep.
The Oittm Smart Headrest is a 0.8cm-thin soft pillow mat designed to be placed inside the pillowcase and under your head. It has sensors that measure the movement of your head and torso and the Oittm app collects and analyzes your physiological data while you sleep. This information can tell you how well you slept and the smart alarm feature looks for a period of lightest and softest sleep to wake you up (within 30 minutes of the set alarm).
But how does it help us sleep? We’re getting to it. The Oittm Smart Headrest has sequences of programmed sound and audio to help you sleep and keep you asleep. You can also connect the Oittm to your audio gear with the supplied 3.5mm jack.
We found the Oittm Smart Headrest to be effective and comfortable. The cover is 100% faux suede and the filling is 100% short PET fiber, the same material used in many pillows. The Oittm stays out of the way. You’ll barely notice it there except maybe when the speakers are playing.
The Bose QuietComfort 20 is a pair of high-end earphones. They are for listening to hi-fi music and audio but the noise canceling design happens to also make them awesome headphones for sleeping.
Bose is most well-known for small speakers that sound way bigger than their physical sizes, and nothing sounds as big as a pair of high quality earphones. The Bose QuietComfort 20 features TriPort technology and Active EQ to make the sound even more lifelike and high fidelity.
However, for our purposes, the noise cancellation features are even more significant. In addition to a close fit, Bose’s proprietary StayHear+ molded tips form a physical barrier between the ear canal and environmental noises. These noises are much reduced even before the QuietComfort 20’s noise cancellation circuitry goes to work. The circuitry picks up noises from the environment and generates soundwaves of the same amplitude but of inverted phase. The result is the environmental noises and the generated soundwaves canceling each other out.
However, noise cancellation technology is an electronic simulation and it is not 100% effective every time. The Bose QuietComfort 20’s passive and active noise cancellation is pretty darn good and it will significantly reduce or eliminate most noises. To be absolutely sure, connect the earphones to a source and play music through them. And get ready to fall asleep.
Our best headphones for sleeping are the Bose QuickConnect 20. These earphones feature passive and active noise cancellation to block out environmental noises and their crystal clear sound reproduction will help you fall asleep, while the molded tips are comfortable and unobtrusive in your ears. You’ll barely notice them. They run on a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts quite a while between charges.
However, the Bose QuickConnect 20 is a pair of high-end earphones with a high-end price tag. It’s true that you can also use them as regular earphones for listening to music and movies, but we can understand if someone doesn’t want to spend this much on a pair of headphones for sleeping. If this is the case, check out the CozyPhones at a fraction of the cost. This is especially true if you don’t have a need to suppress and cancel out loud environmental noises.
On the other hand, some people may not want to feel anything over their ears when sleeping. The Oittm Smart Headrest may just be your ticket. Slip the Oittm under your pillowcase and it can measure the quality of your sleep. Turn on the tiny embedded speakers to play preprogrammed audio or music from your device.