$250 Bose Sleepbuds Aim to Help You Sleep Better

Bringing its noise-canceling technologies into a new era, the new Bose Sleep Earbuds are designed to help users get a better night’s sleep.


For the most part it goes uncredited, but back in the late 1980s, it was Bose that invented noise-canceling headphone technologies. Reinventing this technology through the introduction of its noise-masking technology, Bose has taken this new technology to the health and wellness market via its Sleep Earbuds that have been engineered to help users get a better night’s sleep. 

Bose says that its new health and wellness solution block a range of noises that could interfere with sleep, and the Sleep Earbuds are the smallest product it has ever made. 

“Noise masking is a science,” states Daniel Lee, systems engineer for Bose Sleepbuds. 

“It’s more than ambient sound or white noise. You can’t achieve it by simply turning up the volume on calming songs. And depending on the situation, it’s more effective than active noise cancelling—even ours.

During the day, QuietComfort headphones improve focus and productivity or let you hear your playlists and calls clearly in loud places,” says Lee. 

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“But at night, you’re trying to shut down completely and the world is naturally more quiet—and when it’s quiet, even the slightest sound seems loud. Bedside machines can’t cover it, earplugs can’t block it and earbuds meant for sitting, standing or moving can’t be worn for hours laying down—especially on your side.

“But Bose Sleepbuds can, and if you’re someone who’s tried everything and nothing has worked or haven’t tried anything believing nothing will, we made them for you,” says Lee. 

Bose Sleepbuds Optimized for Sleeping

Designed specifically for sleep, the Sleepbuds come with ten preloaded sleep tracks that “mirror” frequencies of snoring, neighborhood noise, clogs, traffic, and other common background noise. 

The product incorporates batteries that support up to 16 hours of running time, and the Sleepbuds come with a brushed aluminum charging case designed with travel in mind. 

Bose says Sleepbuds is its first product to use noise-masking technologies, and the products are not active noise-canceling headphones.

The Framingham, Mass.-based electronics company stresses its Sleepbuds are not a set of headphones with a sleep function either, and the product cannot stream music—Bose says the sole purpose of the product is to help users get a better night’s sleep. 

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Engineered for long-term use, each Sleepbud weighs just 1.4 grams and measure just over a centimeter wide and high. 

The exterior of the Sleepbuds features a laser-etched antenna for wireless connectivity to a smart device, and internally the Sleepbuds employ batteries, small transducers, and microcircuit boards with flash memory. 

Other features include noise-isolating StayHear+ Sleep tips that come in three sizes, and companion Android and iOS apps that facilitate updates and a choice of user selectable functions such as alarms, sleep tracks, and volume. 

MSRP is $250 

About the Author

Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.




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