I Put Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds* To The Test
Globally, lack of sleep is a real problem. There’s no doubt that those eight hours spent beneath the sheets each night can make all the difference to how you’re able to tackle your day. It seems in a world that’s more connected than ever before, striving for a settled and unbroken night’s rest is a priority for many of us – but more people than ever are struggling to get the kip they deserve. Around half (48%) of UK adults admit they don’t get the right amount of sleep, with 67% of UK adults admitting they suffer from disrupted sleep; shockingly, around a third admit to also suffering with insomnia.* I’ve no shame in admitting I love sleep and I’m very much not a morning person, but I also suffer hugely with interrupted sleep patterns; waking up multiple times in the night is not uncommon for me, and frustratingly neither is struggling to get back to the land of nod for hours on end.
Lack of sleep has more than just a superficial impact on our lives; it’s been linked to everything from cardiovascular disease and diabetes, to depression, anxiety and productivity. Numerous studies have illustrated that getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can improve brain function, overall health, mood, our appearance and quality of life. When I’m stressed, feeling anxious, have a lot on my plate or am just excited about something forthcoming, my sleep patterns are the first thing to become interrupted. Although I’ve invested in my evening routines and know how to get myself into good habits, often during busy periods that just doesn’t happen – it’s so easy to fall into bad habits or find myself wide awake in the middle of the night, because I got up for a wee and now I’m planning a social strategy in my head at 4am.
In the midst of the early hours it’s so easy to focus on small sounds, the breath of your partner lying next to you or the chirping of the birds just outside your window. We’ve all been there right? To make my sleeping issues worse, over the last year or two I’ve also been suffering with an ear problem that leaves a whirring windy sound in my left ear that becomes worse when I’m laying down or the world around me is quiet. Although it’s not tinnitus, it could be compared to that constant and hugely irritating in-ear ringing that causes distress for up to 10% of the population. Suffice to say I was on the hunt for anything and everything that could make a difference to my downtime and help me switch off from the world around me – and that’s when I stumbled across Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds.
If you suffer from interrupted sleep like me, it’s good to know that it’s actually not the noises that keep you awake – but how the noises change. Your brain continues to process the differences in volume, pitch and tone even when you’re sleeping, so irregular sounds can cause changes in heart rate and blood pressure; however, constant and steady sounds can help distract our brains and mask unwanted noise in order for continuous sleep to occur. According to Bose, the solution to a better night’s sleep isn’t to eliminate the noise you think is causing the issues, but to instead replace it with better ‘white’ noise.
Bose say of their SleepBuds: “Because your brain is always listening, sleep sounds drown out disruptive noises and gently captivate your subconscious attention with soft, soothing sounds that don’t require any real focus. Sleep sounds are simple, so your brain doesn’t need to process them… They stay constant throughout the night providing an ambient backdrop… and help you sleep undisturbed.”
Read on for the answers to all your qustions and my thoughts after putting them to the test…
How Do The Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds Work?
These clever little earplugs have been designed to help you get the best sleep ever, playing soothing sounds consistently and at frequencies that neutralise common distracting noises. Wireless and designed to fit the shape of the ear perfectly (you can choose from three sizes to ensure the best fit for you,) they’re super easy to use and incredibly comfortable to wear. Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds connect to an app on your phone, where you can choose from ten different sounds to play for a set time (to help you fall asleep) or all night for continuous noise masking benefits; I pop them in just as I’m about to close my eyes and have the comforting background noise play all night long.
What Sounds Do The Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds Offer?
My personal favourite sounds include Swell (a subtle wave) and Rustle (leaves in a woodland) but I also like Campfire (a crackling fire) and Tranquility (soft music) for winding down or even a little meditation. Personally the sound of water makes me want to pee and the ambience of an airplane makes me feel slightly anxious, but it’s all about choosing what works for you. (Listen to all the options here.) The overall sound level is understated, definitely intended to be background noise to help relax the mind and evoke a relaxing and deeper sleep.
Do The Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds Really Help With Interrupted Sleep?
The first few nights I wore these I slept through until 6am for the first time in weeks; I found the subtle sounds and the comfort of the buds helped me to drift off and stay asleep until I was awoken by the sunlight. Over the last few weeks they’ve definitely helped me to get better quality of sleep, stay asleep for longer and get back to sleep when I do wake up in the early hours. When I’m anxious or have been working late, the repetitive and calming nature of the sounds helps to slow my breathing and get me in the mood for sleep too – something that’s really helped when I’m away from home.
How Do You Charge The Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds?
What I love about the Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds the most is the little compact case they come in, which also doubles up as a charger. You charge the case using a USB cable, and then the Sleepbuds themselves are charged when popped back into the case every morning; I’ve found that I need to charge the case maybe once or twice a week, meaning it’s perfect for taking away for a night or two to help your mind relax in new surroundings. Not only does this look fab and work beautifully to charge without clunky cords or cables, but they’re so travel friendly that I’ll be taking them away with me wherever I go this summer and beyond.
Will The Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds Cause Any Damage To My Ear?
If you’re interested in the more technical aspects then it’s worth noting that the Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds achieve ultra low radiation exposure, less than a single Bluetooth call over a whole 8hr sleep, and use Silver Zinc batteries that self limits power output for greater safety. (Read more info here.) They’ve also found the optimum level of noise to prevent any damage to the ear, so you can be safe in the knowledge that It’s clear that these are a product of technological advances, huge amounts of research and a commitment to an end goal: enabling you to get the best nights sleep possible.
Are The Bose Noise-Masking SleepBuds Worth The Price?
There’s no denying these are super expensive (£229) but it’s a price I’m sure many people would be prepared in order to switch off and start getting more quality sleep. The technology is incomparable and no other earplugs or earphones I’ve tried even come close to these, in terms of both comfort and performance. In only a few weeks I’ve noticed a real difference to my overall quality of sleep and how often I’m waking up (excluding those nights I drink a lot before bed and seem to get up five times to pee,) so much so that they’re already a part of my routine every single night. I would, without a doubt, buy a replacement pair if these ever broke or became misplaced.
I’m such an advocate for the Bose SleepBuds that they’re becoming a more welcome companion in my bedroom than that of my snoring husband… And you can’t really beat that, can you?!
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*Disclaimer: I was gifted the Bose SleepBuds for trial, with no obligation to post a full review. I was planning on buying them myself before they kindly got in touch to send me them.