It’s one of the worst feelings to be both exhausted and unable to fall asleep. We’ve been there, and counting sheep just doesn’t cut it. However, listening to music before bed may be a better option, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It has a direct effect on your parasympathetic nervous system, and it has the power to slow your heart rate and breathing, lower your blood pressure, and even trigger your muscles to relax.
So, whether you want to cue up some classical music, rain sounds, or ASMR videos on YouTube for a better night’s rest, we’ve tested 10 different sleep headphones for comfort and sound clarity that can hopefully help you finally get that much-needed sleep you deserve.
1-AcousticSheep SleepPhones Wireless Headband Headphones
The AcousticSheep SleepPhones are a wireless pair of sleep headphones nestled in a super soft headband. We spent several nights wearing them to bed and fell in love with them for their easy setup, onboard controls, good fit, and lack of wires. Plus, they’re the most comfortable sleeping headphones you can buy.
2-Joseche Wireless Sleep Mask
This pair of sleep headphones allows users to drift off to sleep in complete darkness while listening to their favorite soothing sounds. It pairs to a smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, meaning you won’t have to fuss with any annoying cords that’ll get in the way.
The headset uses a Velcro strap for ensuring that you get a tight fit, without letting any light enter. Its rechargeable battery offers 9 hours of juice, plus there is even a microphone built in for taking phone calls.
3-Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones
If you don’t want to spend your extra cash on a fancy pair of sleep headphones, these no-frills earbuds cost less than $10 and deliver surprisingly decent audio quality. They come in a myriad of colors including blue, green, orange, pink, and red. You also have the choice to get an inline microphone for phone calls.
The headphones sport a 43-inch-long cable and ultra soft tips that conform to your ear shape for a comfortable and tight fit.
4-CozyPhones Contour Series Sleep Headphones
If you don’t want to splurge on wireless sleep headphones, consider this wired pair instead. CozyPhones are a comfortable and affordable option, and because they’re wired, you don’t have to worry about charging them.
5-MAXROCK Sleep Earplugs
For those searching for a pair of affordable earbuds that you can use in bed or on the go, we recommend MAXROCK’s earbuds. This lightweight and comfortable pair features squishy silicone earbuds that won’t bother you when your head is resting on a pillow. Plus, they have a microphone for answering phone calls during the day.
These sleep headphones come with a carrying case and two differently sized tips for maximum comfort.
6-WATOTGAFER Music Sleep Mask
For when you want to temporarily check out and get away from it all, this sleep mask will not only block the light, it also has two tiny speakers within it for listening to music, podcasts, or soothing audio. The mask connects to your phone, tablet, or MP3 player wirelessly over Bluetooth, so you don’t have to fuss with any cables.
We like the buttons on its front, so you can adjust the volume without removing the mask. The mask is a comfortable, adjustable pick that’s lightweight and breathable. It provides 8 hours of battery life.
7-C. Crane SoftSpeaker 3 Amplified Pillow Speaker
This palm-sized speaker tucks into your pillowcase and plugs into your smartphone, MP3 player, or tablet to play music before bed. It’s a great option for those who don’t want to wear headband-style headphones, or for side sleepers who prefer not to have earbuds jabbing into their ears.
The speaker is embedded into a plush pillow, and it’s connected to a battery-powered amp to deliver louder audio. During our tests, we were impressed with the sound quality. We listened to soothing rain noises from YouTube and found ourselves peeking out of our window to see if it was actually raining. The only downside is that if your ear isn’t right by the speaker, the audio can sound slightly distorted — especially when listening to music.
8-Soundbot SB210 Wireless Headphone Beanie
One minor problem with sleep headphones and sleeping masks is that they look a little odd. If you won’t get too hot wearing it, this headphone beanie is another great option for those who want to sleep while listening to music. It costs less than $20, and it pairs wirelessly to your smartphone over Bluetooth.
The hat features onboard controls, so you can pause or resume playback and adjust volume without touching your phone. It even has a built-in microphone for taking phone calls. You can expect 5 hours of battery life, making it a travel companion as well.
9-Panasonic RP-HS46E-K Slim Clip-on Earphone
If you’re currently using the earbuds that came with your smartphone to listen to music at bed time, you’re probably sick and tired of thick plastic protruding into your ear canal while you lay on your side.
These affordable headphones from Panasonic are soft and don’t need to be put inside your ear. Instead, they clip onto your outer ear and lay flat against it. Of course, this means a person sleeping next to you will hear your music. The headphones come in glossy black and have dual 30-millimeter drivers and a 43-inch-long cable.
10-Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise-Canceling Headphones
If you prioritize audio quality over comfort, these Bose earbuds are the best ones you can buy to sleep in. They offer a tight fit and outstanding audio quality. They also have a built-in remote for adjusting volume, pausing playback, and skipping tracks.
Bose includes three sizes of tips to ensure that you get a good seal, making this a great pick for drowning out snorers. The earbuds are decently comfortable, but because they’re sealed, in-ear earbuds, they may be uncomfortable for side sleepers.