Tech, Wellness / Self-Care

Are Sleep headphones dangerous?

Tired of tossing and turning?

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 4, 2022

For months, and it honestly might have been since I moved, my walls have made sounds. And it’s not just sounds that you hear when you are walking past it, but sounds throughout the day. At first I thought it was water dripping, so I told my landlord. He and the plumbing company checked the pipes and water system and found nothing.


My landlord suggested it could be the air conditioning unit upstairs that was leaking into my walls. Sure enough, we knocked on the upstairs flat and there was no leak. My friend freaked me out and said it could be critters trying to get in. It’s now been 6 months and I’m happy to report no animals have graced me with their presence (knock on wood).


However, the sound can make for a really uncomfortable environment to sleep in. And by really frustrating, I mean there have been nights where it takes me quite some time to actually get asleep. For that reason, and that reason alone, a friend of mine suggested noise-cancelling headphones.


At first thought, I was a bit freaked out with the thought. As a New York City resident, there are always things happening around here, and sound is one of the main avenues to knowing what’s going on. I kept thinking that if I couldn’t hear an important or alarming alert while sleeping, could I be in danger?


If I invested in headphones, would ear wax get stuck in my ear and system as I tossed and turned? Basically, I wanted to know if it was dangerous. To figure it out, I began looking up the requirements of healthy, comfortable headphones. I came up with the following: Minimal pressure on ears, soft and foldable headband or ear spot application, works well with sensitivity, and has good sound.


You can opt for complete noise-cancelling headphones or go for ones with semi- or no-noise cancelling options. You can focus on comfort over fashion and go for one that go over your head to guarantee it will be secure. Whatever design or function you desire, there are no studies that prove sleep headphones are not safe. So as long as you feel okay and that you yourself or the headphones don’t pose as a risk, you should be fine.


And in case you are in the market for some headphones, Amazon has a large assortment of sleep headphone/headband offerings.


Or maybe Dyson’s air-purifying headphones are more for your taste—hitting two birds with one stone.


Photo via SnoozeBand