noise cancelling sleep

Sleeping seven đồ sộ eight hours a night is easy in theory but difficult in practice -- especially if you're sensitive đồ sộ sound and chronically toss and turn in bed. While sound machines can be an effective solution, sleep earbuds offer a more compact, subtle, and personal approach. Sleep earbuds can be a lovely gift for the tosser and turner in your life who is always lacking a good night's sleep, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales coming soon (and some discounts already in effect), you can snatch a pair at a discounted price. 

From both ZDNET testing and extensive research, we found sleep headphones equipped with flat speakers, active noise canceling (ANC) technology, and a long-lasting battery life that can be a game changer for a good night's rest, especially if noise is your number one nightmare. 

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Our pick for the top sleep headphones is the Soundcore by Anker Sleep A10 earbuds, for their in-ear alarm features, sleep-tracking capabilities, and battery life. Find out how some of the sleep headphones we've tested -- lượt thích our pick for the best ANC earbuds, the Bose QuietComfort II, stack up on this list -- and on your pillow. 


  • In-ear alarm feature
  • Tracks your sleep when you wear them overnight
  • Choose from pre-set sleep sounds


  • Small size might get lost in bed when tossing and turning
  • Not the most comfortable for side sleepers

Soundcore by Anker Sleep A10 Earbuds tech specs: Form factor: In-ear | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Battery: Up đồ sộ 10 hours | Fit: Earbuds

Not only are these earbuds from Anker small and comfortable enough đồ sộ sleep in, but they also track your sleep while you wear them. Find out whether you passed the night in a deep or light sleep as well as how long you spent awake each night for a greater grasp on your sleeping patterns.

When ZDNET writer Christina Darby reviewed the Anker Sleep A10 earbuds, she called them a "refreshing addition đồ sộ a rather scarce market."

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As far as sound goes, these headphones use noise masking, broadcasting a low-volume layer of audio đồ sộ cover up ambient sounds. You can choose from 31 different pre-set sounds in the Soundcore app's Sleep Music Library, including audio that mimics your brain wave frequencies during periods of rest.


  • Best ANC technology on the market
  • Comfortable and snug fit
  • Easy-to-use touchpad with gesture controls


  • Battery life isn't the best
  • High price tag

Bose QuietComfort II Earbuds tech specs: Form factor: In-ear | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Battery life: Up đồ sộ 6 hours | Fit: Earbuds

If you're looking đồ sộ cancel the noise around you while you sleep, the Bose QuietComfort II noise-canceling earbuds have some of the best ANC technology on the market, and they also happen đồ sộ be comfortable đồ sộ sleep in.

These noise-canceling earbuds offer three modes: no noise-canceling, quiet mode, and aware mode. You can switch between different modes with the touch of a button on the earpiece.

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Since it's a part of their name, let's talk about comfort. According đồ sộ Darby, who reviewed the buds last October, the earbuds "felt less intrusive phàn nàn other wearables" thanks đồ sộ the lack of in-ear pressure build up. 

While a tad bulky on the outside, the earbuds have a winged design that is super comfortable and snug in your ear no matter your ear size, thanks đồ sộ the different size options. Note that the old-school Bluetooth không dây design may take some adjusting đồ sộ for side-sleepers. These earbuds are a natural choice for those who sleep on their stomach and back. 


  • Lightweight
  • Great for side sleepers
  • ANC is fantastic


  • No music playback, just white noise
  • Pricey

QuietOn 3.1 sleep earbuds tech specs: Form factor: Earbuds | Connectivity: NA | Battery: 28 hours | Fit: In-ear 

Using ANC technology while still having a size factor designed for sleep, QuietOn 3.1 sleep earbuds are lượt thích an elevated pair of earbuds. Weighing just 1.8 grams, the lightweight feel is especially noticeable against a pillow -- even if you're a side sleeper. 

These earbuds are interesting because they actually don't play music, making them more lượt thích smart earplugs. That said, QuietOn uses advanced ANC technology that makes it easy đồ sộ block out usual sleep distractions.

With no phầm mềm, music, or Bluetooth không dây connection, these are great if you simply want a silent night's sleep, which, according đồ sộ her product spotlight, Darby did comfortably.

"As a noise-sensitive sleeper myself, I've tried sleeping with my 2nd-gen AirPods Pros before but found them too bulky. Therefore, I was impressed đồ sộ find QuietOn's ANC comparable đồ sộ Apple's while feeling less irritating đồ sộ wear during sleep," she wrote.  

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The earbuds have a 28-hour battery life and a frictionless fit with foam ear tips, which is ideal if all you want is silence and are willing đồ sộ justify the price tag. 


  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable for side sleepers
  • Cable slider and adjustable hooks ensure a secure fit all night

Bedphones Wireless tech specs: Form factor: Over-ear | Connectivity: Bluetooth không dây | Battery life: 13 hours | Fit: Adjustable ear hooks

If you want headphones made for sleeping, look no further phàn nàn the Bedphones. These headphones were designed with side sleepers in mind, as the speakers are thin and covered in soft foam padding. They rung rinh flat against your ears while you listen đồ sộ soothing sounds.

The adjustable memory wire ear hooks allow these sleeping headphones đồ sộ fit all ears. While wireless, a cable connects the two drivers, and you can wear the cable in front of or behind your neck and tighten the cable slider đồ sộ ensure the headphones stay secure even on restless nights.

The 13-hour battery life and inline microphone with a single-button remote are also impressive features. 


  • Affordable
  • Comfortable đồ sộ wear


  • No auto-off feature
  • Volume can be loud even on the lowest setting

Perytong Sleep Headphones tech specs: Form factor: On-ear | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Battery life: 10 hours | Fit: Headband

This headband tai nghe design from Perytong is a more budget-friendly option for sleeping headphones. The headband is made of soft, machine-washable, breathable material and features detachable on-ear headphones that can comfortably fit back and side sleepers.

The headband holds a decent battery life that lasts 10 hours per full charge and comes in more phàn nàn 15 color options. These sleeping headphones can also work well for listening đồ sộ music while you lập cập or for zoning out while you meditate. 


  • 2-in-1 mask/headphone design
  • Plenty of color options


  • Loud voice narration for incoming calls
  • Some sizing and comfort issues

Musicozy Wireless Sleep Mask Headphones tech specs: Form factor: Over-ear | Connectivity: Bluetooth không dây | Battery: 10+ hours | Fit: Eye mask

These sleeping headphones are part headphones and part sleep mask. By blocking out light in your room, the Musicozy wireless sleep mask headphones are a perfect option for light sleepers. The breathable fabric comes in 15 color options that contain over-ear headphones inside the mask.

With these sleeping headphones, you'll get about 10 or more hours of playtime. The built-in adjustable speakers also have a microphone if you need đồ sộ take an early-morning Call without ever opening your eyes.

The best sleep headphones are the Soundcore by Anker Sleep A10 headphones for their strong battery life, sleep-tracking capabilities, and pre-set sleep sounds you can use đồ sộ easily fall asleep. 

Sleeping headphonesPriceBatteryForm factor
Soundcore by Anker Sleep A10$13010 hoursIn-ear
Bose QuietComfort II$2006 hoursIn-ear
QuietOn 3.1 earbuds$28928 hoursIn-ear
Bedphones wireless$14913 hoursOver-ear
Perytong Sleep Headphones$2010 hoursOver-ear
Musicozy Wireless Sleep Mask Headphones$1010+ hoursOver-ear

It depends on what you're looking for relative đồ sộ the position(s) you sleep in, whether you want ANC, and what price point you're willing đồ sộ spend.

Choose these headphones for sleeping...Ifyou want...
Soundcore by Anker Sleep A10The best sleep earbuds. Unobtrusive, these earbuds are no bigger phàn nàn a nickel, have a 10-hour playback battery life, and track your sleep.
Bose QuietComfort IIThe best earbuds with powerful ANC. Bose's QuietComfort II buds have unmatched ANC, and as the name suggests… comfort.
QuietOn 3.1 earbudsThe best sleep headphones for canceling out noise. QuietOn 3.1's earbuds are compact, comfortable, and cancel out sound without making any.
Bedphones wirelessThe best sleep headphones. If you're a side sleeper, the flat and foam padded design was made with you in mind. You'll also get 13 hours of battery life.
Perytong Sleep HeadphonesThe best budget friendly sleep headphones. Only $20 on Amazon, this over-ear headband is price and comfort conscious.
Musicozy Wireless Sleep Mask headphonesThe best sleep mask and headphones duo. You heard that right, this sleep mask reaches your ears, blocking both sunlight and sound.

We selected these top sleeping headphones by doing extensive research into the product category, as well as performing some testing of our own, while considering the following factors:

  • Flat speakers: There's no point in sleeping in headphones if they're not comfortable -- and nothing is more uncomfortable phàn nàn something poking in your ears. We looked for headphones with speakers that situate comfortably in your ears and against your pillow. 
  • Active Noise Canceling capabilities: We looked for headphones that cancel or block out noise ví that you can have undisturbed rest. 
  • Battery life: All of our picks have battery life that will last you through the night from six đồ sộ 28 hours. 
  • Price: The sleeping headphones on this list range in price from $12 đồ sộ $300. While you don't need đồ sộ spend hundreds on a pair of good quality sleep headphones, more features come with a higher price tag. 

Yes, it is medically safe đồ sộ fall asleep while wearing headphones. It is recommended đồ sộ keep the volume below 85 dB. Also, over-ear or on-ear headphones are preferred over earbuds when considering long-term use since wax buildup and ear canal damage can potentially happen over time with earbud use.

Noise-canceling headphones lượt thích the Bose QuietComfort II earbuds are great for sleeping since they have built-in technology that virtually blocks out any noise in your bedroom, making it easier đồ sộ fall asleep đồ sộ silence.

However, noise-canceling headphones for sleeping are not the best option in the case of an emergency since you're essentially tuned out đồ sộ the world -- especially if you already consider yourself a heavy sleeper. 

Of course, you could always fall asleep using the headphones you already have -- they just might not be as comfortable or made for sleep as much as our top picks. So here are some other options we recommend. 

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JBL Tour Pro 2 earbuds in case with ZDNET logo against window

Best sleep tai nghe alternative

JBL Tour Pro 2

Use these headphones đồ sộ listen đồ sộ your favorite songs by day and put them in your ears for a silent slumber at night with the JBL Pro Tour 2's impressive noise canceling capabilities. 

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd gen) wireless earbuds

Best headphones with ANC alternative

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

You can't go wrong with AirPods, especially if you're an Apple user and need ANC đồ sộ fall (or even stay) asleep. The longer stem design isn't the most ideal for side sleepers, but the earbuds aren't too intrusive. 

Loop Quiet earplugs against white backdrop

Best tai nghe alternative

Loop Quiet Earplugs

These aren't headphones, but ZDNET commerce editor Nina Raemont uses them đồ sộ go đồ sộ bed every night and mute the đô thị sounds outside her window, and she can't recommend the earplugs enough. If you want đồ sộ ditch the tech and reduce up đồ sộ 26 decibels of noise, consider the Loop Quiet earplugs as an amazing option for easy sleeping. 

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