I am a light sleeper most of my life, and surviving in a loud city for ten years wasn’t accurately conducive to obtaining a good night’s rest. I expected the problem to improve whenever we moved out to the semi-country, and it did generally. There was just one single problem: My hubby started snoring.

I tried a variety of things to handle the sound: a loud white noise fan blended with a white noise machine, a pillow over my head and the old “constantly jabbing him each and every time he started snoring in order that neither folks slept a wink” method (that latter was supremely unpopular in my own house).

But in June, my hubby took matters into his own hands and sent me a web link to the newly released Bose Sleepbuds. After almost 90 days of continuous use, I’m prepared to pronounce these the cure to my sleep ills… with some caveats, of course.

The Bose Sleepbuds are made for a very important factor only: sleeping. These cannot play your music. At $249.95, that is clearly a lot of cash to drop on a single-function device.

The packaging may be the type of quality you’d expect from Bose. Once you open the box, you’re greeted with the shiny white Sleepbuds nestled in a silver case. Lighting on the case indicates just how much charge they have (someone to five dots) and if the Sleepbuds are charging. The case slides open smoothly and closes with a satisfying click, holding the earbuds secure so they don’t really jostle clear of the charger if you are traveling. They include two additional ear-tip sizes (with attached wing tips) to make sure a snug fit. The wing tips are fundamental — they’re what keep carefully the earbuds secure during the period of the night. Additionally, there are a micro-USB cable and AC adapter included for charging in addition to a soft travel bag you can put the case directly into prevent scratches and dings.

The earbuds have a 16-hour battery life, and the case offers a full charge. Which means you may take the charging case and buds on a three- or four-day trip (depending how much you sleep) and never have to worry about packing a charging cord. They take about eight hours to charge fully, so you will have to enter the habit of putting these back the charger once you wake up.

Setup
Establishing the earbuds was as simple as downloading the Bose Sleep iphone app and following on-screen instructions. I had my earbuds paired to my iPhone very quickly; they are also appropriate for Android devices.

Charging the Sleepbuds was another matter. The case certainly looks sleek, but it’s finicky to state minimal. The earbuds should be positioned in precisely the proper position or they don’t charge. There are magnets to greatly help guide you, but it doesn’t guarantee contact. It often takes a nudge or two to encourage them to actually start charging. And if you are not paying attention, this may be simple to miss. On the plus side, the magnets make certain the earbuds stay static in place once you have them charging.

In use
Once your Sleepbuds are charged and you’re ready for bed, it is time to turn up the app. Everything is manipulated from the app. And After all everything. If you aren’t in the habit of maintaining your phone by your bed, this could be frustrating (or if you just don’t want to check out a screen at 2 AM). Having less physical buttons on the case or the buds to regulate volume, switch white noise sounds and snooze alarms is a significant oversight.

You can pick from 10 different preloaded sounds to drift off to. I’m partial to Cascade, which mimics a waterfall. The Warm Static sound (which is Bose’s version of regular white noise) also works for me personally, but I find that it is much too quiet to really filter significant noise, even at high volumes. The Sleepbuds’ sounds are created to stay low enough that they don’t damage your hearing, despite having long-term use. This signifies that those trying to filter a human chainsaw are most likely out of luck.

You can even set an alarm (or multiple repeating alarms) through the iphone app and decide on preloaded wake tones. It includes the opportunity to customize different repeat days. If your device becomes disconnected from your own phone during the period of the night time, your alarm will still set off as scheduled. However, positioning the Sleepbuds in the event will dismiss any active alarm.

There are two major complaints with the Bose Sleepbuds: You can’t add your own custom sounds, and you can’t utilize them as regular earbuds. That said, the complete point of the Sleepbuds is they are as small and unobtrusive as possible so that you can sleep comfortably working for you. I’d suppose music wouldn’t sound good on them, considering how tiny they are. And the actual fact they are a single-function device produces much, far better battery life. Still, if you are dissatisfied with the number of sound options, Bose does promise to create more available in the near future through software updates.

The sound quality is respectable, nevertheless, you can tell where a number of the nature sounds loop. That is clearly a fairly universal problem with noise machines, but also for the purchase price you’re paying, I’d expect a company like Bose to provide more.

Now, it’s worth noting you are not streaming sounds from your own phone — they’re actually preloaded on the earbuds. This implies better battery life for your earbuds (as well as your iPhone) while also stopping noise dropouts and other conditions that could wake you up during the period of the night. However, in addition, it makes having less physical controls extra frustrating.

Comfort
The Bose Sleepbuds fit extremely comfortably into my small ears. They can fit snugly, even though sometimes they work themselves just a little loose during the period of the night, I’ve never really had a concern with them falling out in clumps. I’m normally a stomach sleeper, but I am side sleeping within my pregnancy. The first few nights, I woke up with slightly sore ears, but I acquired used to them pretty quickly. Even if you are a side sleeper putting the weight of your mind on the Sleepbuds, they’re comfy to wear.

I’ve tried both foam and wax earplugs to filter noise while I’m sleeping. The Sleepbuds are convenient than foam, which doesn’t penetrate far enough in to the ear canal to create side sleeping comfortable (small ears, remember?) and frequently falls out during the period of the night time. The comfort is on par with wax earbuds, but those don’t make noise, so…

After the Bose Sleepbuds are in and the sound is cued up and the alarm is defined, I drift off to sleep quickly. Beyond being truly a light sleeper, my anxiety often means that I have trouble drifting off to sleep. The Sleepbuds have all but eliminated that problem. It’s reached the point that after the Sleepbuds go in and the noise starts, my own body immediately relaxes. When I awaken in the night time, as women often do in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, the Sleepbuds lull me back to sleep. I expected these to filter the external noises plus they do this well, but I didn’t expect them to also calm my thoughts to create it much easier to sleep.

There is one issue with comfort: the white plastic the main earbud that protrudes from the ear tips. If you are lying on it, it could make a strange rubbing or scratching sound. If you are not active much, it’s not a major deal. But if you are tossing and turning, it could become extremely obnoxious. Usually I manage it by adjusting the angle of my head and it’s really fine. But merely coating the Sleepbuds with a softer material instead of so that it is out of hard, shiny plastic could have avoided this entirely.

The construction on these Sleepbuds is solid, but I’ve come across some hiccups. Sometimes, earbuds won’t charge properly, though taking the earbuds off the charger and putting them back on does the secret. I’ve made a habit of looking into them in the afternoon, just to make certain they’re obtaining a proper charge. Again, taking into consideration the price, this is not something I should need to keep in the trunk of my mind. The bond can even be finicky. Putting them back the case and taking them out to have them fixes things, however when it’s late and I simply want to visit sleep, it’s frustrating.

Competition
There is not much competition if you are talking strictly about earbuds. You can buy a white noise machine, which isn’t practically as able to masking the exterior world (as I understand from using multiples simultaneously). There’s also the choice of playing white noise through your phone via among many free or paid apps.

If playing white noise via an external speaker isn’t sufficient, additionally, there are headbands you can purchase that mask the hard plastic of regular earbuds and make it much easier to sleep. Those usually hook up to your phone (or whatever MP3 device you tend to use with them). They’re significantly less expensive but also significantly less comfortable and do not have the modulation that Bose includes to avoid hearing damage.

If you are going decidedly low tech, then you can certainly also try foam or wax earplugs. While these filter some sound, they don’t really have the masking capacities of white noise.

Conclusion
The Bose Sleepbuds aren’t perfect. They’re pricey, and there are a few glaring omissions — like physical controls. But I purchased these once, and easily misplaced them, I’d get them again without hesitation. I cannot overstate the difference these have manufactured in the product quality and amount of sleep I’m getting. That alone makes them worth the purchase price. You will possibly not be OK with the compromises necessary, but if you ask me, they’re a tiny price to cover an excellent night’s sleep.