July 3, 2022

The idea of wearing headphones or earbuds to fall asleep is hardly a new thing, but newer technologies are supposed to make it easier. It’s also a combination of good hardware and software that can make a big difference, and it’s why the Bose Sleepbuds II stand out amongst others. We’ve got others, though, and this list is dedicated to the ones that will lull you to sleep.

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Best overall

Reasons to avoid

No sleep tracking

No active noise cancellation

Can’t listen to other audio sources

Expensive

The Bose Sleepbuds II have one job to do, as our review made very clear. You’re not jamming to your favorite tunes wearing these earbuds, nor catching up on a podcast in your leisure time. Their sole purpose is to get you falling asleep sooner than later. That’s kind of the irony — the idea is for you to not hear anything coming out of them for any extended period of time.