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What You Need To Know About SleepPhones
SleepPhones are a rather unusual sleep-aid product that we recently came across. So naturally, we wanted to check them out to see what they were all about.
First off, let’s start with what they are.
They are, according to the official product website, ‘the world’s most comfortable headphones for sleeping.’ At first glance, they literally look like a headband with a cord coming out of them. But as it turns out, they have speakers embedded in the walls of this headband… making it super-comfortable to listen to music while you lay down, even if you are rolling around and/or sleeping on your side.
Our question, obviously, was whether or not these SleepPhones really offer enough value to be useful as a sleep aid. So here is what we discovered about them.
SleepPhones: Product Classification & Instructions For Use
These products certainly fall under the category of ‘sleep aid.’ They are not a stop snoring product, which is what we usually write about… but from time to time, we find that regular sleep aids also get our attention and cause us to wonder if they might be worth using… and that was the case with SleepPhones.
They are certainly an original idea! We have never seen anything quite like them before.
As for instructions for use, here is what we discovered after doing a bit of research. These products are pretty self-explanatory, in every area except for selecting a size. This was actually a semi-complicated process… but here is what we have come to understand about it.
This company seemingly makes two different types of headphones. They manufacture the SleepPhones, and also running headphones called RunPhones. The RunPhones come in 3 different sizes… small, medium, and large… and the size that you buy should pretty much be determined by the size of your head.
But the SleepPhone sizes are not quite as defined. You can get an Extra Small, a One Size Fits Most, and an Extra Large. The Extra Small is supposed to be for petite women, the One Size Fits All is for nearly everyone, and the Extra Large is said to be for large and tall men with hair.
So yeah. That is how the sizing works with this product.
How Do SleepPhones Work?
SleepPhones are not necessarily a stop snoring product, though they can be used to help block out someone else’s snoring, allowing you to sleep better. They can also be used for music therapy, for listening to quiet/relaxing sounds during sleep, or whatever you might want to listen to.
They basically work by fitting comfortably on your head like a sports headband.
There is an eight-inch adapter plug that you can use to plug into an MP3 player, your cell phone, or any other kind of music player. But there is also a wireless version that uses BlueTooth… which is another great feature of such product.
The headbands have rechargeable batteries on-board that last 13 hours on a charge, charge fully in just 3 hours, and have built-in volume and play-pause controls that allow you to control your music easily. The headbands can also double as a blindfold if you wish to keep bright light at bay as well.
SleepPhones: Clinical Background And FDA Approval
As far as we can tell, this product has not been clinically tested or FDA approved. But then again, it is not really that kind of a product. SleepPhones could very well help you to sleep better, but they are not a medical device. They actually belong more in the entertainment category than anything.
They also just-so-happen to be very useful for helping users to sleep better.
Can There Be Any Side Effects?
There can’t really be any side effects from these products, with the exception of maybe some discomfort if you just don’t like them. But really, this is a pretty simple concept. It would be hard to even imagine what could really go wrong.
How Much Do SleepPhones Cost?
Buying a working, fully-functional set of these headbands will cost you anywhere from $39.95 for the classic corded set, to the TellyPhones, which cost $149.95. We really liked the Sleephones Wireless, which sell for $99.95… as these allow you to connect to your device with BlueTooth technology, which we think is really worth the extra money if you are going to use them.
What Do We Know About The Company Behind SleepPhones?
Here is the official company address for AcousticSheep LLC, the company behind the SleepPhones.
2001 Peninsula Drive
Erie PA 16506
There is actually quite a bit of history located on the official company website. The product was invented by a couple… Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, who was a family physician, and her husband… Jason Wolfe, who was a video game developer. They realized that Dr. Wei-Shin Lai was having trouble going back to sleep after taking late-night patient calls, and she needed to listen to meditative music to help her relax.
But her headphones were bulky and cumbersome… which led to her inventing her own pair.
And that is how SleepPhones were formed.
What Can Users Expect From SleepPhones?
If you end up buying this product to use as a sleep aid, then you can expect to have to learn how to use them. But they do come with instructions, so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. You will also need to experiment with them a bit to figure out the most comfortable way to wear them. But once again… that still shouldn’t be too much of an issue. See below a few user reviews from Amazon.
Do SleepPhones Require A Doctor’s Involvement Or A Prescription?
No. This is not a medical product, so you can order it and use it without a doctor’s involvement or a prescription.
We liked this product for a few different reasons, though we also had our problems with it.
The good points? For one, it seems to work well. If you want to listen to music without bothering anyone else, then these headphones can offer an awesome, comfortable method for doing so.
They also come with a one year warranty, and you have several different types to choose from. You also get different size options and price-points to choose from too, which is pretty awesome.
On the negative end, we do feel like they were a bit on the expensive side… especially where the wireless products were concerned. We also didn’t see any sort of money back guarantee, which would have been nice to see.
Shipping to Canada (or any other country) was also a bit on the expensive side.
But, with that being said, there were also plenty of reasons to try them out. If you’re looking for earphones that you can use while you sleep, so that you can listen to your own stuff and not bother other people, then this is likely the product for you.
As you probably know, regular headphones are just not practical for sleeping. They tend to come off, or make your ears sore. At the very least, they just don’t work so well.
So kudos to the SleepPhones, as they help to solve this problem in a rather creative way.
They could also help to drown out your partner’s snoring… and that might be one of the most hidden, yet beneficial features that they offer in terms of being a sleep aid!
The Cost To Get The SleepPhones Shipped To Canada
It will cost about $10-$14 extra to get this product shipped to Canada.
Where Can I Buy SleepPhones If I Live In Canada?
The best place to order this product is still on the official product website.
Highlights And Drawbacks
Here are the pros and cons that we saw in this product over the course of our research…
- It seems like a cool idea
- It comes with a one year warranty
- It makes listening to music while you sleep very comfortable
- The headband can double as a blindfold
- They are made of high-quality material
- This product is not necessarily a sleep aid, nor does it treat snoring
- It is a bit on the expensive side
- It costs an extra $10-$14 for international orders
- There is no money back guarantee or anything like that, aside from the warranty
Summary: SleepPhones are not necessarily a stop snoring product, though they can be used to help block out someone else’s snoring which should help you sleep better.