Bedphones - Design

John Archer

By John Archer



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The Bedphones ‘trick’ to achieving this seemingly impossible feat has turned out to be surprisingly simple, and comprises just two main features. First, there’s the mouldable memory wire that loops over the top and back of your ear to hold the ear pieces in place. This allows the Bedphones to shape their narrow wire fitting device to more or less the exact contours of each individual’s ears, so that you can barely feel they’re there even though the wire is attached snugly enough to provide decent fixing support for the ear phone.

The other key element is the construction of the ear piece itself. Dubs’ experiments have concluded that the most universally comfortable approach is to attach a soft piece of flat foam slightly bigger than a 20p coin to a slightly smaller backing ‘plate’. And again, this works a treat, moulding beautifully into our ear when sleeping directly on them. There’s absolutely nothing pressing uncomfortably against any of the sensitive cartilage that makes up your ear’s shape.


The last thing to add about the Bedphones rather inspired design is that while they fit comfortably within the folds of your ear, they don’t grab on so tight or squeeze so deeply into your ears that they start to make you feel claustrophobic.

It should be stressed that the Bedphones design is so specifically tailored to bed use that they wouldn’t really make a very practical set of ‘every day’ headphones. But this is fair enough so far as we’re concerned, given their affordability and the fact that we consider them to be more a ‘health and well being’ product than a simple set of headphones.

There is one bit of bad news regarding the design, though, and that’s the fact that there’s still a cable between the headphones and your audio source. The cable used by the Bedphones is light and decently long at 1.5m (though another .5m would have been nice), but if you’re restless sleeper there’s clearly potential for the cable to get wrapped round your head or neck; tug the jack out of your audio source; or even drag your audio source on to the floor.

We realise it really wouldn’t have been realistic to expect the Bedphones to be wireless without compromising the rest of their design, especially when they only cost £27. But it’s still a simple fact that for us, no set of bedtime headphones will ever be truly perfect until they don’t have a cable.


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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