Keeping the noise out.
March 8, 2011 4:43 PM   Subscribe

Sometimes I need to get to sleep well before the 1 AM noise cutoff for the shared house I live in. SleepPhones seem to come up in a lot of Ask threads about this sort of thing. Has anyone tried them, and are there cheaper alternatives for comfortable, sleepable headphones?

I'd be using whatever I decide on to listen to relaxing music, and possibly binaural beats. Sound quality isn't a high priority.
posted by codacorolla to Shopping (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I really like them. They are really comfortable unlike earbuds which hurt my ears like hell and I like the fact I can fall asleep to music without bothering my spouse. I told a few of my friends to buy a pair and they love them also. Cool idea.
posted by FayetheGrey at 5:55 PM on March 8, 2011

how do you size them?
posted by sweetkid at 6:00 PM on March 8, 2011

Best answer: There's a size chart on the SleepPhones site. I was right between sizes, and got the bigger ones. They'll probably stretch and I'll be sorry, but right now they're fine, and I can sew a seam if they get too big.

I like them - I can sleep on my side wearing them, which I can't with earbuds. The sound isn't as good or as loud as it is with earbuds, but if I'm listening to an audiobook or sleep music, I don't care.

I didn't find any cheaper alternatives, but you can get just the flat speakers, either directly from SleepPhones or from Amazon, and would probably be able to make your own headband if you're fairly handy with a sewing machine or yarn and knitting needles. It didn't seem worth the trouble to me.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 6:53 PM on March 8, 2011

You may want to try something as simple as turning on a fan or air filter, or using a white noise generator.
posted by BadCat! at 8:36 PM on March 8, 2011

Best answer: I got some cheaper earlier-version SleepPhones from ebay. They were about 30% of the price of the newer models, but do exactly the same job. They're not noise cancelling, though, and I find that the speaker has to be right over your ear for you to hear it properly.

I like my pair and I'd buy them again, but they're not a complete panacea.
posted by Solomon at 1:25 AM on March 9, 2011

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