How to Sleep with Headphones

How to Sleep with Headphones

As we grow older, our sleep becomes more valuable to us. However, it also becomes harder for us to fall asleep due to all the worldly thoughts that always decide to come right when we get into bed. Many people turn to music as a remedy for falling asleep but cannot find the right head angle while wearing headphones.

This is because most headphones are bulky and not made for you to wear while sleeping. Continue reading this article to find out all the information you need to know regarding headphones, a good night’s sleep, and ways to avoid waking up feeling you slept on a rock instead of a pillow last night.


Finding the right pillow

We all know that wearing headphones while sleeping for 7 to 8 hours can be painful. This is because pillows were not designed for you to have something protruding from your ear while you sleep. The headphones can press against the pillow and cause a lot of pain and discomfort on the inner side of your ear, called the ear cup. The headphones can also get damaged from all the extra pressure they must undergo. Therefore, you need special pillows that differ from your regular rectangular-shaped pillows.


Pillows with holes

These pillows can be found on websites such as Amazon or Google by typing literally ‘pillow with holes’ on the search tab. These pillows were initially designed for people who had gone through ear surgery and needed to relieve pain or any ear discomfort.


The hole in the middle of the pillow eliminates the stress that would have been put on the ear by a regular pillow. Thanks to these pillows, you can enjoy listening to music all night without the chances of damaging your ear or headphones.

Another benefit of using these pillows is the prevention of being restricted by the cords of the headphones. You can bring the wires from the hole of the pillow by running them from underneath which will stop the cords from wrapping around your neck while sleeping.

There are different types of hole pillows with different characteristics that you can choose from with correspondence to your preference such as pillows with memory foam, one/two ear slots, level of padding, filling materials and so on.


Travel pillows

To all the nighttime music lovers who enjoy spending hours wearing their over-the-ear headphones while getting a night of good sleep, travel pillows are the answer for you. Travel pillows, also known as neck pillows allow you to wear your band headphones without them pressing against the pillow.


Due to the U-shape of the pillow and the placement around your neck, you can rest your headphones right on the top without them being a burden against your ear and neck. A very important feature you must look into when buying a travel pillow is the clip or button at the end of the U of the pillow. Without the ability to tie the cushion by the two ends, all you’ll be doing throughout the night is struggling to keep the pillow in its shape.

Therefore, make sure your travel pillow has all the right things for you to be able to put on your headphones, play your favorite song, and fall asleep without any disturbances.


Choice of headphones/earbuds

Many companies and manufacturers have heard all the cries for good headphones to sleep in and have started to cater to those demands. Most of these headphones do not have protruding shapes that hurt you while sleeping and are very comfortable to sleep in.


Headphones or headband?

These headphones look just like a typical headband you use to pull your hair back from your forehead. They have the basic headband fabric but have very small and slim padded speakers installed on the inside.


You can wash the fabric as long as you remove the speakers before. These headband headphones are perfect for someone who wants to keep their hairs from tickling their face (which can be very irritating when sleeping with a fan on) and listening to songs all night long. It’s a win-win solution.


Low-profile earphones

Low-profile earphones have the softest silicone tips that make you feel like you’re wearing earphones made out of cotton balls instead of some hard material that would end up bruising your ear while sleeping. These were designed specifically for those who wanted to sleep for hours while listening to podcasts or soothing music.


Wireless options

True wireless headphones fit in perfectly in your ear without any wires or cables needed. You don’t have to worry about the wires getting knotted while sleeping or wrapping around your neck which could become a safety hazard.


A major disadvantage of these headphones is that they do not have a long battery life due to the small size. Therefore, they kind of defy the purpose of being able to sleep with earphones all night long, but they will last long enough to get you to sleep.


What positions to sleep in?

 Each individual has a position that they love to sleep in and find it hard to sleep in any other positions. For example, some enjoy sleeping on their side while hugging a pillow and wrapping their legs around the pillow while others like to sleep on their stomach.

If you’re determined to listen to music with basic headphones, you have to try changing it up a little. One of the easiest ways to sleep with headphones is on your back. Since your ears and headphones are not in contact with the pillow, this sleeping position minimizes the pressure felt and allows for a comfortable sleep.

This option is considered the cheapest one as you’re not purchasing anything new but simply just sleeping on your back. The only downside to this solution is that if someone cannot sleep on their back for long periods, then this isn’t as helpful for them.

Final thoughts

A good night’s sleep is one of the most emphasized things by almost every doctor for a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, if you have a partner who snores, an apartment in the middle of a city, or little children who make too much noise at night, listening to music and blocking out all these sounds is the solution for you.

Just make sure that your headphones, pillow, and position are comfortable for you, otherwise, you won’t be able to get the good night of sleep you’re looking for.

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Emily is a freelance writer and considers herself to be a lifelong learner, who has a fascination for all things new. She enjoys spending time writing about mobile tech, tablets, home tech gadgets, and more. She earned her BA in English Literature at the University of Boulder. Emily is an avid hiker who loves the mountain vistas of the Rockies. If she’s not trekking the mountains, you’ll find her chilling at home with some of the great fantasy novels, such as The Lord of the Rings, or playing her favorite video games.