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Looking for good quality sleep headphones

The cheap bluetooth sleep-mask with built-in headphones I ordered off Amazon stopped working (big surprise) and I'm in the market for something similar but of good quality. Requirements:

  • Wireless
  • Comfortable to wear while I'm lying on my side

It doesn't have to be part of a sleep mask, and it doesn't even need to have great audio quality. I use it more for audiobooks and white noise than music. I just want something that's going to work with no issues and last for a while.

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  1. [3]
    tomf
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    have you thought about stuffing a bluetooth speaker into your pillow? I used to sleep with headphones / earbuds, but they always slip off or try and choke me out.

    have you thought about stuffing a bluetooth speaker into your pillow? I used to sleep with headphones / earbuds, but they always slip off or try and choke me out.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      kfwyre
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      Hmmm. I hadn't thought of that as a potential solution. I'll search around and see if there are any options that would work well. I also used to sleep with headphones but got increasingly nervous...

      Hmmm. I hadn't thought of that as a potential solution. I'll search around and see if there are any options that would work well.

      I also used to sleep with headphones but got increasingly nervous about the cord strangling me, so I stopped and got the wireless ones.

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      1. tomf
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        I've got an Anker Soundcore. The battery life is great, but the speaker itself tries to normalize the volume, which I hate. I'd go with pretty much anything else with decent reviews. Get something...

        I've got an Anker Soundcore. The battery life is great, but the speaker itself tries to normalize the volume, which I hate. I'd go with pretty much anything else with decent reviews.

        Get something that is waterproof, too. These speakers are great for the beach.

        1 vote
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    monado
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    Shure SE215 or 315 or higher depending on the budget. They sound really good, and the fit goes into your ear and is flat so you can sleep on them. I sometimes used to sleep with mine as well. The...

    Shure SE215 or 315 or higher depending on the budget. They sound really good, and the fit goes into your ear and is flat so you can sleep on them. I sometimes used to sleep with mine as well. The tradeoff is that sometimes you don't want all the sound isolation it provides, but you can change tips to fix that. The 215 is usually the one people buy more so you can see the reviews for yourself. I have the 315 myself.

    EDIT: forgot to mention the wireless part, you'll need to buy another bluetooth neckwire called the Shure BT1 or BT2, I don't know if that kills the deal for you or not. Personally, I don't mind neckwires.

    3 votes
    1. [4]
      weystrom
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      Are they still plagued by connector issues? On my last pair left headphone was broken after a year of use. But I shure enjoyed it (sorry) while they've lasted.

      Shure SE215

      Are they still plagued by connector issues? On my last pair left headphone was broken after a year of use. But I shure enjoyed it (sorry) while they've lasted.

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        monado
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        my SE315 connectors are holding up perfectly fine after being used quite frequently for about a year and a half.

        my SE315 connectors are holding up perfectly fine after being used quite frequently for about a year and a half.

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        1. [2]
          weystrom
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          Unrelated question, but I assume you use them with your phone through a dongle. If so, which kind? And if it's an USB-C adapter, does it work on anything but your phone?

          Unrelated question, but I assume you use them with your phone through a dongle.
          If so, which kind? And if it's an USB-C adapter, does it work on anything but your phone?

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          1. monado
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            Shure BT1 is a neckwire, works with Bluetooth. I'd prefer a PMP, but if I have to use my phone, I have to the use the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter. I have an iPhone XS.

            Shure BT1 is a neckwire, works with Bluetooth.
            I'd prefer a PMP, but if I have to use my phone, I have to the use the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter.
            I have an iPhone XS.

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    gco
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    A bit late to the party but I recommend the AcousticSheep Wireless headband. I bought mine over 3 years ago and it's still going strong. Same use case as yours, didn't care too much about the...

    A bit late to the party but I recommend the AcousticSheep Wireless headband. I bought mine over 3 years ago and it's still going strong. Same use case as yours, didn't care too much about the quality, more about the comfort. I sleep mainly on my sides and I have no issues with this headband, I remember the one I had previously was a bit bulky on the sides and over time it started to give me headaches.

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    1. kfwyre
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      Good to know! I came across that in my searches but the pricetag is quite high. I have no problem paying for something that's going to last though, so it's good to know yours has been going strong...

      Good to know! I came across that in my searches but the pricetag is quite high. I have no problem paying for something that's going to last though, so it's good to know yours has been going strong for three years.

  4. ali
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    I personally use my AirPods for the last year or so. They’re fully wireless and if I flip the right one upside down, it fits in my left ear. I am really happy with fully wireless ones. I imagine a...

    I personally use my AirPods for the last year or so. They’re fully wireless and if I flip the right one upside down, it fits in my left ear. I am really happy with fully wireless ones.

    I imagine a symmetrical option (does that exist) might be even nicer tho

    2 votes
  5. [2]
    StandenSound
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    How important is the Wireless part of your decision? If your looking for "great audio quality" then I'd chose wired over bluetooth

    How important is the Wireless part of your decision?
    If your looking for "great audio quality" then I'd chose wired over bluetooth

    2 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Wireless is essential. I used to have a wired pair of sleep headphones but stopped using them after I woke up with the cord wrapped around my neck. It was distressing. The good news is that I...

      Wireless is essential. I used to have a wired pair of sleep headphones but stopped using them after I woke up with the cord wrapped around my neck. It was distressing.

      The good news is that I don't need good audio quality in the slightest. I want something purely functional that will let me listen to audiobooks and soundscapes.

      2 votes