They say that you should take regular naps throughout the day instead of one long sleep at night to ensure that your brain is functioning at its optimum levels of concentration throughout the day. Nothing makes a nape more perfect than having your headphones on whilst you sleep to help you get a deep relaxation.

The only problem with wearing headphones when you sleep is the fact that not many people know how to use headphones in a safe way when it comes to sleeping with your headphones on.

The problems

Otitis Externa

This is a condition whereby you begin to develop irritation in your ear canal. Your ear canal plays an important role when it comes to your ears as the canal moves from the outer ear into the eardrum. The skin around your ear can wear out and can cause fluid to leak from the ear. Your ears can also become sore when there is too much pressure on the ears themselves.

You need to make sure that if you plan on sleeping with your headphones on, you need to ensure that not a lot of pressure is exerted on your ears and that if you start to feel any pain, you remove your headphones. If the pain does not go away after 24 hours, please go see your house doctor to ensure that everything is ok.

Hearing problems

Headphones have been known to cause hearing problems in the younger generations. We tend to listen to our music too loud and that results in permanent hearing loss and damage to our ears themselves.

You need to make sure that when you go to sleep with our headphones on that you are able to still hear noises around you and that if you are called, you can answer. Most people forget about the safety issue when it comes to listening to music too loud…

Not only are you causing hearing problems for yourself later on in life but it also causes a safety problem. If you go to sleep with a blocked nose and a fire starts in your house, you will not be able to hear people shouting for you due to the fact that your music is too loud. Please keep this in mind the next time you decide to sleep with your headphones.

The benefits

White noise and relaxation

Ever wonder why it is so easy to fall asleep during a massage in a spa? One of the reasons is the fact that white noise surrounds you. You can get special Apps on your phone that allows you to play white noise to help you sleep.

Sleep that is induced by white noise is often a very deep sleep due to the fact that your brain is not worrying about the outside noises and is focusing on the healing of the body. You often feel revitalized and rejuvenated after a white noise deep sleep.

A report in a Nursing Journal states that white noise can help lower the body’s heart rate and breathing rates. This allows the body to relax more and be in a comfortable state which makes it easier for you to fall asleep with worrying about money, school, politics and all the other stuff that is going on in your life.

You can learn easier

You might have already heard this theory but they say that you are able to learn better when you are sleeping than when you are awake.

Deep sleep allows your brain cells to be more synchronized than during the day. This allows your brain to generate new memory and connections when new stimuli come along. As you begin to listen to audiobooks, music or videos when you are sleeping, the information that you take in will be easier for your brain to absorb and restore.

Even though this study has been done all over the world and have gotten positive results, you need to keep in a mind a few key points:

  • The information should not be too loud
  • Your headphones should be comfortable and easy to wear
  • Even though you can learn when you sleep, you still need to learn during the day as well

The study affects everyone differently. Some people might not need to open up their workbooks and studying during the day but some people might need to. Do not take this as an easy way to get out of studying.

Studying whilst you sleep

Studying whilst you sleep can help you absorb and retain the information better than if you do not study whilst you sleep. Keep in mind, you still need to put in the hours to get the marks and results you deserve and want.

There are a few brands out there that create sleep headphones. They are more comfortable to lie on which is better for your ears in the long run and they do not allow you to put the volume up to a point whereby you cannot fall into a deep and restful sleep.


As you can see, there are pros and cons to wearing headphones when you sleep. The truth of the matter is the good outweighs the bad. Wearing headphones whilst you sleep if very beneficial to your health and brain function. You just need to make sure that you use them in a responsible way and that you are cleaning them at least twice a week.

There is a brand called Bedphones. These are headphones that are ergonomically designed to be worn whilst you sleep. Which means you can toss and turn all night and your headphones will not break. Your music will also not disturb the rest of the household.

If you sleep with headphones on, let us know your reasoning and how it benefits you in your everyday life.

About the Author

I am the head author of ForTheSound. I want to bring you the best in-depth reviews of Headphones and earbuds.

Frank Bechstein

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