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Bedphones review

John Archer



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Our Score:



  • Remarkably comfortable on the ear
  • Very affordable
  • Fits a particular need remarkably well


  • The cable
  • Very average, bass-light sound quality
  • Not suitable as normal, ‘non-bed’ headphones

Key Features

  • Headphones designed for use in bed
  • Memory wire fitting
  • Carefully designed foam ear pieces
  • 1.5m cable
  • iPhone/Android control app
  • Manufacturer: Bedphones
  • Review Price: £27.00

When he’s not having hair transplants or destroying England’s Euro 2012 chances by getting sent off for petulantly lashing out at a Montenegrin footballer who had the temerity to stand between him and the ball, Wayne Rooney has trouble sleeping.

In an infamous 2006 interview with The Mail on Sunday, Rooney revealed that sometimes the only way he can fall asleep is by having a hairdryer, fan or vacuum cleaner running somewhere nearby. And this apparently aberrant behaviour is nowhere near as rare as you might imagine.

So common is it, in fact, that there are numerous Android/iPhone apps designed to produce simple sounds like white, brown or pink noise, falling rain, lapping oceans, running streams and so forth to get your mind in the mood for sleep. Some, such as TMSoft’s White Noise, are not only popular but critically acclaimed.


As you might have guessed from our knowledge of the ‘sleep noise’ subject, this writer too suffers from the same wife-irritating habit, finding it extremely hard to first sleep and then stay asleep if I don’t have a fan running constantly about a foot or two from my pillow.

One final fellow sufferer to tell you about is the brilliantly named Eric Dubs from New York - only his bedtime audio tipple of choice is apparently music, not just noise. But the cool thing about Mr Dubs is that he happens to have a degree in mechanical engineering to go with his passion for both music and getting a good night’s sleep. So unlike Rooney and us, he’s been able to actually design a product to make his night life easier: the Bedphones.

As their puntastic name suggests, these are headphones specifically designed to be worn in bed. So you can keep your ears full of soothing sound without disturbing your long-suffering spouse.

Obviously any headphones designed for this purpose need to satisfy at least two basic criteria.


First, they need to deliver a reasonable level of volume without discernible sound ‘leaking out’ for other people to hear. Second, they need to be unbelievably comfortable. Even when you’re lying on your side with your ear pressed to the pillow.

All the other headphones we’ve tried to wear during sleep have failed dismally on the comfort front, as either their frame or their ear ‘buds’/cans push or dig into your ear in a way that guarantees you’ve got no chance of getting to sleep. About the only solution we've encountered that works is the custom molded silicone earphones produced by ACS, but they're £500 a pop. Dubs himself admits to having tried nearly 100 prototypes before hitting on the final Bedphone design. But his persistence has paid off handsomely, as lying our head down on its side with the Bedphones on wasn’t even remotely uncomfortable, never mind painful. In fact, we could scarcely tell we’d got the Bedphones on - aside from the soothing static noise they were playing straight into our ears, of course!


October 31, 2011, 2:00 pm

How does this compare with the Sound Asleep pillow? I bought one of those some time ago for my wife who has the white noise / insomnia problem and it's working fairly well. The cable seems to be less of an issue in a pillow. But it's not perfect, so if you've used both I'd be quite interested in a comparison.


October 31, 2011, 2:22 pm

No matter how you look at these headphones, pillows with built-in speakers are the way forward in terms of comfort.
Having earphones in or around your ears while sleeping (or trying to) does not work for the vast majority of users.
If you are keen on your own pillow then you can buy extra flat pillow speakers that will do a very good job at reproducing white, pink or whatever noise is needed!


October 31, 2011, 2:54 pm

A fairly sweeping statement. It strikes me that there's an inherent flaw to speaker pillows in that they only serve one ear at a time. Different strokes for different folks and all that.


November 1, 2011, 3:48 am

I have the sound asleep pillow, trouble is now matter how low I put the volume, it is too noisy for my partner. I use over the ear headphones which are uncomfortable, but better


November 2, 2011, 6:03 pm

Can I recommend free iFader, gradually reduces the volume on a timer and then sleeps your iPhone to save the battery. Also the excellent free Dark Ambient Playlist on iTunes. Can't easily sleep without either.


May 4, 2013, 10:40 am

I'm about to order my second pair of Bedphones. The cable did break but I toss and turn so they do get beat up. As for using a pillow? Wouldn't work as I play binaural music all night requiring headphones. Helps manage sleep.


September 18, 2015, 4:54 am

...unless you, you know, happen to sleep next to someone else. Someone who doesn't like your choice of background noise or ASMR track.

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