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Best Headphones for Sleeping in 2023 – CNET

Managing noise when you sleep can be tricky. On the one hand, noises like city sounds, snores and sounds from loud neighbors can be extremely distracting. On the other, music, audiobooks, guided meditations and white noise recordings can actually help you relax and fall asleep. Headphones made for sleeping can help you block out unwanted noises with noise-canceling technology while also connecting to your devices so you can choose the sounds you want to hear as you fall asleep.

Sure, any decent set of headphones can do all of the above, but it’s the design that really sets sleep headphones apart. Regular headphones can be bulky and uncomfortable to lie on, but sleep headphones are made with a minimal, barely there feel that lets you drift off to sleep while wearing them comfortably throughout the night. The sound quality might not be as good as bulky cans with noise cancellation and other pricey features, but you’ll definitely drown out unwanted outside noise with soothing sounds — kinda like a white noise machine that only you can hear.

If you need help getting the recommended 8 hours of shut-eye each night, it might be time to invest in some sleeping headphones to fight the effects of background noise. To help you find the best headphones for sleeping, we’ve highlighted several different types, including a few headband headphone options, Bluetooth headphones and earbuds that nestle into your ear canal to block out ambient noise. Keep reading for sounder sleep!

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If you don’t like the idea of wearing a headband to bed, the Bedphones Sleep Headphones are another made-for-sleep option that comes sans fabric. This sleeping headphone option features two ultrathin headphone speakers connected by a rubber-coated memory wire that’s fully adjustable so you can find your perfect earphone fit.

They come in two versions — wired and wireless headphone options — and each one comes equipped with an in-line microphone and three-button remote that allows you to answer phone calls or play, pause or skip whatever you’re listening to. And a single charge lasts an impressive 13 hours. These are great earbuds for sleeping more comfortably. 


Another headband option, these wireless sleep headphones by SleepPhones reduce ambient noise and block out your partner’s snoring without making you sacrifice comfort. They have flat headphones tucked into a fabric headband that wirelessly pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device that’s within 15 to 30 feet of where you’re sleeping. Designed by a family doctor, the Bluetooth headphone also has ultralow power so you don’t have to worry about any radiofrequency emissions while you sleep — a potential concern that’s been raised by researchers.

There are also two fabric options — fleece and breeze — so you can take your pick depending on whether you’re a hot or cold sleeper. The fleece fabric is warm and cozy, while the breeze fabric is moisture-wicking and super breathable.


The Panasonic Slim Clip-on Earphones are top-notch earbuds for sleeping with a price that won’t keep you up at night. They’re pretty basic wired headphones, but they have an ultracompact housing and a slim design that helps block out noise while ensuring that they are comfortable headphones for as you sleep. The ergonomic ear hooks have a rubberized design that holds the headphones securely in place but doesn’t feel rough on your ears.

While there’s no fancy Bluetooth technology here, you can plug these headphones into any of your favorite devices (if you have Apple products, you’ll need an adapter) and play everything from music to audiobooks.