The importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. And, regrettably, the majority of us have difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep daily. The sleep headphone is supposed to be more comfortable than regular earphones, to block or cancel noise, and to give specialised meditation material instead of (or in addition to) your favourite music.
According to our own experiences with the four popular pairs, we’ve come up with one wonderful pair that, based on our findings, should be beneficial to a wide spectrum of people who are looking for a good night’s sleep.
Overall, the Bose Sleepbuds II are the best headphones for sleeping.
We found the Bose Sleepbuds II to be the finest headphones for sleeping. When it comes to overnight wear, they are by far the most comfortable of the competitors, but they also provide the most dependable seal, keeping out traffic and our worst nightly concern, our spouse snoring. Although the Sleepbuds II do not play any other music or personal audio, they do provide 50 various sound and white noise options through the easy-to-use companion app.
No other earbud has ever come close to being as cosy as these in any scenario as the compact, smooth design that fits perfectly in our ears.
Since the wing-style stabilisers, we only lost one of the Sleepbuds II earbuds one time and had to hunt for it beneath a pillow in the morning (Bose does not offer single replacement earbuds because the gadgets are “linked together throughout the production process,” so be cautious).
Bose’s Sleepbuds II are a change from previous models in that they don’t provide any noise cancellation and don’t play any music. There isn’t any other way to use them but through the Bose Sleep app. After downloading the app, you’ll be able to pick from 50 different relaxing sounds organised into several categories, such as Noise Masking, Naturescapes, and Tranquilities, before using your Sleepbud II.
To utilise the Sleepbuds II’s wake-up alarm mode or change sounds, simply click the “Add to Sleepbuds” button and your selection will be stored on the headphones themselves. You may then use the headphones in Phone-Free mode without a smartphone nearby.
That’s great for us because we don’t keep our phones in the bedroom overnight for better sleep hygiene, and we didn’t mind missing out on those capabilities (the alarm was quite mild and didn’t wake us, but your mileage may vary).
Swell, a white-noise loop of crashing waves, was the only nature-oriented audio clip that we liked. Each night, we set the timer to play for 1.5 hours, which effectively covered extraneous sounds (such as snoring) and let us sleep and get back to sleep if we awoke.
Bose claims a battery life of around 10 hours on a single charge, but the charging case adds an extra three charges through USB-C.
An aspherical charging case with a sliding cover is also available. In our tests, we never had a problem with running out of battery life, but the extra time provided peace of mind in case we forgot to charge them or left them at home while on a short trip.
In the end, though, the Sleepbuds II have altered the way we sleep. Even when a youngster or a hungry cat wakes us up early on a weekend morning, we’ve been able to get back to sleep more frequently and for longer periods—even if the snoring isn’t to our liking. And for us, that peace of mind is well worth the price of admission.
Here’s how we put it to the test:
If you live in an area with a lot of outside noise, have a spouse who snores or breathes loudly, or have a health condition like tinnitus, you may need more help sleeping than others. We tested four different sets of sleep headphones to see whether any of them might improve the quality of our sleep.
A wide range of earphones might be used to listen to white noise or meditation content, but we concentrated on headphones specially designed for sleep aids, as well as the latest truly wireless earbud-style devices, which utilise very low-profile designs to provide the most comfortable sleep possible. In this post, we didn’t look into sleep headphones with a headband like the Moita Headband Headphones, but we will in the future.
Specifically for us, these devices were designed to filter out the snoring of our spouse as well as the usual noises of downtown Brooklyn. We slept with each product for a minimum of three nights before making a final decision. Before we started, we downloaded and established accounts for each app’s compatible app, tested the functionality of each app, and then charged and connected each Bluetooth headset to our phone.
Before we went to bed, we checked to see if the headphones were loose in different positions by resting on our sides and backs.
Noise isolation, sound range, and usefulness were also assessed. We tend to wake up throughout the night and find it difficult to get back to sleep, even though getting to sleep is typically not a problem.
A crashing wave sound at a medium-to-low level was the best option for evening testing for the three headphone items that featured a companion app with sound. While testing the earbuds’ ability to filter out ambient noise, we put each pair in our ears and listened to a modest volume CNN broadcast.
Last but not least, we compared the monitoring we obtained from the devices themselves to the tracking we received from our Apple Watch and Apple Health when we were using each set of sleep headphones.
We also put others to the test.
Amazfit charges $149.99.
The second-best sleep headphones were the Amazfit ZenBuds. The Bose Sleepbuds II had to rely on our Apple Watch for sleep tracking, but the new Sleepbuds III have a slew of additional functions built right in.
Our ears didn’t fit the wireless earphones, which are substantially smaller than the Sleepbuds II and come with a U-shaped fin. While Bose has more ear tip options, Amazfits’ smaller form didn’t work as well for us even though they come with four different sizes of soft, silicone ear tips. While we were sleeping, they were too close to our ears, making the experience less enjoyable. They performed a good job of masking noise, but not as effective as our favourite choice.
While the SleepBuds II can perform many of the same things as the ZenBuds, they do it in a more sophisticated way.
‘Sound playback begins as soon as you place the ZenBuds in your ears. The ZenBuds, on the other hand, include a sleep detecting mechanism that automatically shuts them off when you fall asleep. ZenBuds, like Bose, include an alarm feature, but they can’t play music or any other media.
It was difficult to use on two separate iPhones because the Zepp companion app, which manages sound playback and tracks health and fitness statistics, was unresponsive. Once everything was working properly, we discovered that the app had a far more extensive collection of sounds than Bose’s, including categories like Rest and Focus, which may be used throughout the day for meditation or other relaxation exercises.
Rather than white noise, we utilised Beach and Waves, which sounded like noisy waves. For the sake of our sleep, we had to turn down the sound all the way. In addition to the data we received from our Apple Watch, the sleep monitoring feature provided us with information about our sleeping posture.
A single charge of the headphones provides 12 hours of music, and the charging case provides an additional 56 if you lose your charger.
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