Bose’s Noise Masking Sleepbuds Are a Game-changer for Anyone Who Needs White Noise to Sleep

There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning through the night on vacation because you can’t get to sleep. Let’s face it – most of us are high-maintenance when it comes to our ideal sleeping environment. (And we know you have to have your hotel-quality sheets!) While getting out of your comfort zone while traveling means you’re experiencing something new, sacrificing a good night’s sleep can be hard to justify when you’re going on a long hike in Europe the next day or have already lost some Zs due to jet lag.

If you’re like me, you need some background noise to fall asleep even on the road, and sometimes it’s hard to find the ideal amount of white noise in a hotel. While I could use an iPhone app to help me get to a deeper sleep faster, I’m now officially hooked on Bose’s Sleepbuds and wouldn’t travel without them. After just one night of using them, I knew this was the tech gadget I’d been missing for travel.

Bose Noise Masking Sleepbuds

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The Bose Sleepbuds look like regular headphones, but they only play soothing sounds and music – 20 different sleep tracks, with the option to download more. What makes the Bose Sleepbuds so innovative and different from other wireless headphones, however, is their design. They’re super lightweight and tiny (each earbud weighs 1.4 grams and measures just over 1 cm), yet they’re super comfortable and fit seamlessly in your ears – if you’re a side sleeper, you won’t even feel them. Plus, the sleep tracks reflect the frequencies of the most common nighttime noises and hide them beneath a layer of relaxing audio, meaning they’re already better than any sleep playlist you’ve ever made.


The earbuds are completely controlled by the Bose Sleep smartphone app, so you can select your ideal tracks (including streams, waterfalls, white noise from airplanes, rustling leaves, and more), set alarms, control the volume, and set how long you want the music to play. The Belle also includes a stylish case that not only holds the Belle, but also charges it for up to 16 hours of use. The headphones also include three different sizes of noise-isolating StayHear+ sleep tips, so you can choose the size that works best for your ears.

When I initially tested them, I had three main concerns. 1. they wouldn’t be comfortable 2. 2. they would fall off overnight, and 3. I couldn’t hear the alarm clock because I’m a deep sleeper. But since wearing them for a few weeks, they’ve been in my ears all night, they never irritate my ears when I’m sleeping on my side, and the alarm is loud enough to gently wake me up in the morning – just be prepared to only hit the snooze button from your phone. If you don’t need to wear them every night, they’re also useful in situations where you sleep vertically, such as on a bus or plane, and need to block out unwanted noise.

Sleep bars work so well for me that I bought a pair for my mom as well. They have changed her daily sleep as she has been battling two sleep challenges for years. My dad’s constant snoring and trying to fall asleep in a quiet hotel room (she’s a flight attendant and has to sleep in a constantly changing environment).

And with over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, most customers use them to mask their partner’s snoring and say they completely block out the sound and make all the difference. The only downside some customers point out is that these buds don’t play their own music – you can only listen to the preset tracks provided by Bose. However, having these earbuds does eliminate the need to use your phone (and its battery) all night or carry around other sleep-sounding machines.

If you’re an incredibly light sleeper, a high-maintenance sleeper (like me), or a sleeper who can’t stand to hear your partner snore again (like my mom), the Bose Sleepbuds are definitely worth the price – they’re basically an investment in your sleep when you’re traveling or not.