Your secret stress-busting weapon: How these unique science-backed headphones designed for SLEEPING in will give you the best rest yet
- A pair of earbuds have been designed solely to mask noise and relax your mind
- The Bose Sleepbuds II promise ‘your best sleep ever’ and are flat to the ear
- You can play sounds from a large app library specially engineered to create calm
- Special ‘noise-masking’ soundscapes can prevent traffic and snoring disruption
PUBLISHED: 02:20 EDT, 30 July 2021 | UPDATED: 03:42 EDT, 30 July 2021
For those who struggle to fall or stay asleep due to rumbling traffic noise, snoring or a racing mind, a pair of earbuds have been designed to give you ‘the best sleep ever’.
The Bose Sleepbuds II are different to most in that you can’t stream music or podcasts through them. Instead, you choose from a library of more than 50 specially-curated soundscapes designed to mask noise and relax you.
This was for one key reason: to be able to design buds small enough to be comfortable for sleeping while accommodating a battery that can support sound playback for as long as 10 hours straight. +7
For those who struggle to fall or stay asleep due to rumbling traffic noise, snoring or a racing mind, a pair of earbuds have been designed to give you ‘the best sleep ever’+7
The Bose Sleepbuds II are different to most in that you can’t stream music or podcasts through them. Instead, you choose from a library of more than 50 specially-curated soundscapes designed to mask noise and relax you
Because of the small size, you can also toss, turn and sleep on your back and barely notice their presence.
There are three types of sounds: Noise-masking to cover up noises like snoring, traffic and conversation, Tranquilities, relaxing tonal environments designed to bring peace and help you fall asleep fast and Naturescapes.
While regular headphones do have noise-cancelling functions the Sleepbuds have been engineered to passively block sound by conforming to the ear and the sounds play at frequencies scientifically-backed to make unwanted noise less perceptible to the brain.
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Tread/strength Instructor for Peloton Adrian Maurice Williams is a fan of the buds
That said, while they do mask common noises like snoring and traffic, piercing noises like a fire alarm will still be able to break through the buds in times of emergency. You can also set a sleep timer and an alarm to wake you up each morning.
While the price point is steep at $379.95, the reviews and feedback of the buds on sleep quality speak for themselves.
‘I bought this product to help me sleep through my husband’s snoring. Although not designed to be a noise cancelling experience, the buds have helped drown out the snoring sound. I can now sleep through the night. It’s so effective,’ one woman wrote.
Time to change your lifestyle? How to ensure you sleep well through the night
1. Better diet. Better sleep.
What you put into your body before bed can have a serious impact on the quality of your sleep. Having a late-afternoon cup of coffee, a big evening meal or one too many adult beverages can work against you and disrupt your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, or have a huge impact on your sleep quality. Caffeine stays in your body for about seven hours, so it’s important to think about the timing of your last cup. Dr Breus generally recommends that you stop drinking caffeine by around 2 pm each day.
2. Be active during the day
People who exercise regularly tend to fall asleep more easily and, more importantly, stay asleep through the night. A healthy amount of exercise will help to improve the overall quality of your sleep, but it’s important to think about when you’re exercising, too. Physical activity will send endorphins flying around your body, making it more difficult to fall asleep—so timing matters.
3. Naps. Not so innocent.
Ahhhhh, naps. So good. And yet, the seemingly innocent nap can cause all kinds of trouble, by tricking our minds and bodies into thinking we need less sleep overnight because we already got some during the day. In general, napping can make it hard to fall asleep at your regularly scheduled time, so do what you can to wait until bedtime to sleep.+7
4. Bed is for sleep
Whether on a laptop, phone or tablet, many of us work in our beds. Michael Breus, PhD and double board-certified sleep specialist, shares, ‘More and more research shows the negative impacts of blue light, a small part of the light spectrum emitted by electronic screens in particular. Because we are all spending more time on electronic screens, getting into deep REM sleep takes longer. This can reduce the number of sleep cycles we get, which provide physically and mentally restorative sleep’
5. Shift gears
Just because you’re grown up doesn’t mean you’re too old for a bedtime routine. Let yourself know that sleep is coming, to help transition from wakefulness to sleepiness. Relaxing music, meditation or even quiet journaling can help you unwind and get ready to rest.
6. Keep a positive quietude
A quiet space is essential for falling—and staying—asleep. Pets, snoring partners and street noise are all unwelcome intrusions. But there are other kinds of noise, too. Sometimes your busy mind just won’t shut down. When that happens, relaxing sounds and breathing meditations can help calm racing thoughts. Dr Breus agrees, ‘Noise can jolt us awake or keep us from falling asleep easily. Some noises though, can soothe us. Wearable sleep tech makes controlling the sounds around you easier than ever’.