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Do you find it hard to fall asleep without soft music, nature sounds or white noise playing in the background? Is your sleeping partner not as fond of listening to background music as you are? If so, high-quality headphones designed for sleeping like AcousticSheep SleepPhones may be a possible solution. In this SleepPhones review, you'll find out what you need to know about these popular sleep headphones and be able to decide whether it's the right device for you.
Ease of Use
Summary: The AcousticSheep SleepPhones feature small flat speakers embedded into a stretchy, fleece headband, allowing you to comfortably listen to any type of audio recording while lying down. All you have to do to get it to work is slip the headband over your head and plug the attached cord into any device with a 3.5mm headphone jack, including MP3 players and smartphones.
Many people have an easier time falling and staying asleep with soft music, white noise, or nature sounds playing in the background. In recent years, sleep apps have also come into the fold, many of which are designed to activate the brain in subtle ways by playing different sounds in the left and right ears through headphones.
But trying to listen to these apps and/or other music and sounds with traditional headphones is difficult especially if you're a side sleeper. And while earbuds may get around this problem, they often fall out with the slightest movement. Headband-style headphones like SleepPhones offer the most comfortable alternative.
With this device, you can easily lie on your side and shift your body without causing the headphones to shift. This is because the device wraps around your head with the flat speakers placed over each ear instead of in each ear.
SleepPhones are made from a stretchy, fleece fabric that easily fits most people, regardless of head size (the product is available in large, medium, or small). The snug fit helps keep SleepPhones stay in place throughout the night while the soft fabric ensures your comfort. Unlike similar products, the fleece fabric is also of higher quality.
As a headband-style sleep headphone, you can also use SleepPhones as a sleep mask, which can come in handy if you're particularly sensitive to light.
With SleepPhones' four-foot long cord, you'll be able to place the connected audio device on your nightstand instead of sleeping with it close to your head or risk having it fall off in the middle of the night. But if you're willing to spend a bit more, you can do away with the cord altogether and invest in the wireless version of SleepPhones instead.
Perhaps best of all, SleepPhones' thin speakers are removable, allowing you to easily throw the headband into the wash instead of having to wipe it down. Not only is this a far more effective way to clean the device, it's also a better way to maintain the headband's moisture-wicking properties, which can help keep you cooler during the night. Keep in mind, however, fleece tends to insulate quite a bit of heat, which still might be too much for some people to bear while sleeping (source).
SleepPhones are made from a high-quality hypoallergenic fleece fabric that's comfortable to wear. The sound quality is also above average but you might need to adjust the removable speakers a bit to find a position that feels best. Like any type of headphone, bending and/or twisting the attached cord too much can cause the device to malfunction but it shouldn't be a problem with proper use. And even if you run into an issue, the company's customer service team is quite responsive when dealing with quality issues.
With the right music or sounds, SleepPhones can help block out your partner's snoring or traffic blaring outside your window. That said, some outside noise may still creep in, in which case pairing SleepPhones with traditional earplugs may be necessary. But this is more a shortcoming of headband-style sleep headphones in general rather than anything specific to SleepPhones.
SleepPhones couldn't be easier to use. All it involves is plugging SleepPhones' audio jack into an audio device and slipping the headband over your head and you're good to go. Washing is also a breeze simply by removing the speakers and throwing the headband into the washing machine.
SleepPhones don't come with a lot of bells and whistles but they have everything headband-style sleep headphones should have: a comfortable fit, long cord to attach to an audio device (48"), and the ability to remove the speakers for washing afterward.
While SleepPhones are designed to fit most head sizes, the company also offers a smaller size primarily to accommodate petite women and children, and an extra-large size for big and tall men. They also come in three different colors: Midnight Black, Soft Lavender, and Soft Gray.
SleepPhones are more expensive than similar headbands like Tooks and CozyPhones (see below) but the quality is also a bit higher and thus more likely to last longer.
As you might imagine, SleepPhones aren't the only game in town when it comes to listening to relaxing sounds to help you drift off to sleep. The following four sleep headphones are some other possibilities you may want to consider:
While Bedphones more closely resemble traditional headphones with their thin "ear cup" design that attaches over the ear with a hook, they're actually designed for sleeping.
Bedphones aren't as comfortable as fleece-styled headband headphones but they also don't generate as much heat, which you might prefer. Generally speaking, Bedphones work better for back sleepers than side sleepers.
Like SleepPhones, CozyPhones are another soft, headband headphone that wraps around the head while doubling up as a sleep mask.
Moreover, the CozyPhones headband is a bit wider than SleepPhones' and the cord slightly longer, which might serve you better depending on your needs (52" to 48" respectively).
Yet another headband-style sleep headphone, Tooks works as well as the others on this list except they're made from a less stretchy material, which might feel too tight for some people.
At 55", their cord runs longer than the other sleep headphones mentioned, giving you more than enough space to move around.
While headband-style sleep headphones often double up as sleep masks, only Hibernate is a fully functioning sleep mask specially molded to reduce eye pressure.
And unlike the stretchy fit cited in the other headband examples, Hibernate comes with adjustable straps to accommodate different head sizes. One possible drawback is its cord size, which is only 39" in length.
Selecting the right sleep headphones depends on several factors:
If you tend to toss and turn a lot, a headband-style sleep headphone will probably suit you best. Not only are they more comfortable and flexible than earbuds or other types of headphones, they're also more durable and washable.
While SleepPhones are arguably the most popular headband-style model and the only one with three different head sizes to choose from, Tooks and Cozyphones are also worthy contenders, with Tooks having the longest cord and Cozyphones being the most affordable.
That said, the soft, fleece fabric material of these headband-style sleep headphones may make some people feel too hot while sleeping, in which case an "on-ear" headphone like the Bedphones may be a smarter choice.
Hibernate may be your best option if you want the best of both worlds — high-quality headband style headphones combined with an effective sleep mask.
SleepPhones are a great solution for those who want to listen to music, white noise, or meditation apps while sleeping. Most people will find the soft fabric comfortable and flexible enough to fit almost anyone's head without causing discomfort. For these reasons and more, SleepPhones gets our thumbs up.
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