The Best Sleep Headphones for a Better Night's Rest

We tested several pairs to separate the best from the rest so you can drift off to sleep.

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It's the absolute worst feeling when you're exhausted, but no matter how hard you try, you just can't fall asleep. After you spend what seems like an eternity tossing and turning, you eventually turn on the TV, or whip out a book, your smartphone, or tablet to try to distract yourself. You eventually look at the clock, and it's already been 2 hours since you "went to bed." Then you do some math and tell yourself, "if I fall asleep right this second, I can get 4 hours of sleep." You look at the person soundly asleep next to you and loathe them and their ability to fall sleep anytime and anywhere they want.

We've been there, and counting sheep just doesn't cut it! Medical sleep aids can have side effects and aren't wise for long-term use, either. The National Sleep Foundation says that listening to music before bed may be a better option. It has a direct effect on your parasympathetic nervous system, and it has the power to slow your heart rate and breathing, lower your blood pressure, and even trigger your muscles to relax. So, whether you want to cue up some classical music, rain noises, or fire up some ASMR videos on YouTube for a better night's rest, we've tested a handful of sleep headphones to help discover the most comfortable and best sounding ones so you can finally get that much-needed sleep you deserve.

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