They look like tiny headphones, but Bose noise-masking sleepbuds™ are uniquely designed for sleep. They don’t stream music or have acoustic noise cancellation. Instead, they use pre-loaded, soothing masking sounds to cover up unwanted night-time noises so you can get to sleep and stay asleep.
We’ve all been there. Those nights when you just can’t sleep because annoying sounds—like snoring, traffic and loud neighbours—are keeping you awake. So we decided to do something about it—by creating sleepbuds with built-in noise masking technology. Designed for comfort, these tiny, truly wireless sleepbuds deliver uniquely engineered sounds that mask unwanted noise and lull you to sleep. So you can wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
A better solution for unwanted noise
Instead of streaming music, Bose sleepbuds deliver soothing sounds that mask unwanted noises at night. And while we’re the first to champion the use of active noise reduction, we’ve discovered that, when it comes to sleep, noise masking technology is a better solution for the range of sounds that keep you awake—especially voice-based frequencies. So, all you’ll hear is a soothing sound that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
EXPLORE THE FEATURES
Small, rechargeable silver-zinc batteries
Provides up to 16 hours of use on one charge.
Ten pre-loaded soothing sounds drown out disturbing noises that keep you awake.
StayHear+ Sleep tips conform to the shape of your ear to stay put, while also working to seal off noise.
One app for better rest
Getting to sleep is hard enough. So we’ve designed the Bose Sleep app to make it easy to set up and customise your sleep settings. Just download the app, select a soothing sound, choose your volume level and determine how long you want to use your sleepbuds™ during the night. Use the same settings every night or experiment with different options to find what works for you. You can also use the Bose Sleep app to set wake-up alarms that only you can hear.
DISCOVER THE SOUNDS
Enjoy the rhythm of rolling waves crashing on a beach. Let yourself be lulled by the gentle rustle of leaves. Feel the crackling comfort of a campfire and the evening serenade of crickets. Choose from a library of soothing sounds that have been specially designed to support a restful night’s sleep. Whether you want sounds that mask unwanted noise or just something to relax to—it’s up to you.
Here are a few examples of the sounds you can enjoy. New sounds will be continually added through future software updates.
Engineered for comfort
No two ears are alike. That’s why we took scores of three-dimensional scans of ear geometry and used them to create a tiny earbud nodule that’s barely larger than a pea. The sleepbuds™ come with three sizes (S/M/L) of StayHear+ Sleep tips and are designed with a pliable fin that conforms to the upper ridge of your ear. Sleepbuds™ will fit comfortably in your ear all night long.
But the right fit is critical to their performance. So, before you snuggle into your pillow or stretch out and hog all the covers, check out our support video to ensure you get the right fit.
Much more than a case
This combination storage and charging case protects and recharges your sleepbuds™ while not in use. It’s magnetised, so it keeps your earbuds in place while they charge. And when unplugged, the case also delivers one additional full charge—perfect for when you’re on the go.
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- Sleepbuds:2.38 x 2.69 x 1.42 cm (HxWxD) (2.3 g each)
- Case:2.70 x 7.70 x 7.70 cm (HxWxD) (111.41 g)
- Rechargeable silver-zinc batteries
- Charging time: Up to 8 hours for sleepbuds
- Battery life: Up to 16 hours per full charge
- Charging case: Up to 3 hours charging time
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- Bose noise-masking sleepbuds™
- Charging/storage case
- 3 pairs of StayHear+ Sleep tips (S/M/L)
- Wall charger
- USB cable
- Drawstring travel pouch
How do I know if my device is compatible?
Your device (smartphone, tablet etc.) must support Bluetooth® Low Energy (also called Bluetooth Smart) to work correctly with the Bose noise-masking sleepbuds. Apple devices with iOS 10 or later are compatible and most devices with Android 5.0 and newer versions support Bluetooth® Low Energy.
Why does the product use noise masking rather than noise cancellation? How does noise masking differ from noise cancellation?
Noise cancellation is most effective in environments with lots of low frequency sound (aeroplanes, buses etc.); in Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling products, it’s combined with passive blocking to achieve good reduction of sound at all frequencies. However, no combination of passive and active technologies that reduce sound entering your ears can make unwanted sound, particularly at voice frequencies, completely inaudible. And, when a sound is bothering you—like your snoring partner keeping you awake—you want it to be inaudible. Noise masking can achieve this.
Masking works because of the way that different sounds combine in our inner ears; if they have the right match of frequencies and one (the masking sound) is just slightly louder than the other (the disturbing sound), your inner ear and brain cannot detect the disturbing sound. Cancellation creates quiet in our ear canals; masking—in the right conditions—creates quiet in our minds.
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds combine passive blocking of sleep disturbing sounds with a choice of sounds that are engineered to mask what isn’t blocked by the eartips. The masking and passive blocking work together in synergy, so the masking can be listened to at a quiet level that is soothing and fades from your attention as you drift off to sleep.
Can I listen to my own music or audio books with Bose noise-masking sleepbuds?
No. Bose noise-masking sleepbuds were engineered specifically to solve the problem of unwanted noise keeping you from falling asleep and staying asleep. In order to achieve a form factor small enough to be comfortable for sleeping and house batteries that can support sound playback for an entire night, we made the conscious design decision not to stream audio to the sleepbuds. Instead, we store the sound files on each of the sleepbuds and play them back locally, dramatically extending the audio playback time achievable in this tiny form factor.
Can I upload my own sounds?
No. All sounds will be provided by Bose so that we can optimise the masking and/or relaxation experience.
With no user controls on the sleepbuds themselves, how do I control them?
All user control is done within the Bose Sleep app. This includes the selection of soothing sounds, volume control, setting alarms and managing updates. The sleepbuds will turn on automatically when you remove them from the case.
What if I don’t want the masking sounds to play all night?
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds default to playing the sounds all night. We recommend this setting so that your sleep is protected from noise disturbances throughout the entire night; there are many noise induced “micro awakenings” that can happen over the course of the night that you don’t realise, but they still negatively impact your sleep quality. However, you can choose to schedule a timer if you don’t want soothing sounds to play all night. This timer can be set within the Bose Sleep app and the sound will fade out when the timer ends.
Will I still hear my alarm if my phone battery dies during the night?
Yes. If your phone battery dies and your phone disconnects from the sleepbuds, they will still play your first scheduled alarm automatically. So, as long as you still have battery life in your sleepbuds, you will still hear a wake up alarm.
Will I be able to hear smoke alarms, a child crying, intruders etc. while using the product?
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds are designed to mask unwanted noise and disturbances while you sleep. Because of this, they can affect your ability to hear other sounds, such as alarms, warning systems, people or pets.
However, to balance the levels of noise masking and awareness you want, you can set an appropriate volume level for your needs within the Bose Sleep app. The volume should be high enough to mask noises that disturb your sleep, but not so high that you can’t confidently be awoken by the sounds you want to hear. If you are still concerned about your ability to hear sounds while wearing the sleepbuds, you may want to take alternative measures, such as relying on a partner, wearing only one of the sleepbuds or scheduling the masking sound timer.
Can I use just one of the sleepbuds to sleep?
Yes. You can choose to use just one of the sleepbuds. Simply remove one of the sleepbuds from the case and play a sound.
Are Bose noise-masking sleepbuds able to withstand sweat and/or water in my ears?
Yes. The sleepbuds are sweat and water resistant. However, the charging case is not designed to be sweat or water resistant because it’s not a wearable product and is designed to reside in a benign environment (e.g. on a bedside table).
Do Bose noise-masking sleepbuds emit electromagnetic or RF radiation?
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds achieve ultra low radiation exposure because we do not stream audio or other content throughout the night. Instead, the product plays back audio files that are stored locally. In addition, the sleepbuds use a class III Bluetooth® radio, which has the lowest transmit power among all the Bluetooth® classes. Over an entire night, the sleepbuds emit a fraction of what traditional Bluetooth® headsets emit during a single phone call.
We are also working on a feature called “phone free mode”, which will allow you to disconnect the sleepbuds from your phone while still accessing limited functionality. Phone free mode is coming soon.
Are Bose noise-masking sleepbuds a medical product?
No. Bose noise-masking sleepbuds are a consumer product. As such, they don’t require a prescription or the referral of a doctor to purchase them.
What are the benefits of the silver zinc batteries?
We recognise that this is a product that you’ll be wearing for extended periods of time while you’re asleep. So we took extra care selecting a battery. Silver zinc batteries use a unique chemistry that self limits power output for greater safety. These batteries have been tested by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and are certified by UL under the UL2054 Battery Standard.
How is this experience better than with a bedside sound machine or earplugs?
Bedside sound machines and earplugs are currently the two most common approaches to mitigating night time noise disturbances. However, neither are quite effective enough at blocking common night time noise disturbances, especially when the noise source is a snoring partner right next to your head. In addition, with earplugs, there’s an anxiety that you won’t wake up to your alarm in the morning. Bose noise-masking sleepbuds™ synergistically combine the underlying principles of sound machines and earplugs to give you dramatically superior noise blocking, while simultaneously giving you the confidence that you’ll still be able to wake up to your alarm in the morning.
How are Bose noise-masking sleepbuds™ different than just using normal earbuds?
Noise-masking sleepbuds™ were designed from the ground up to do one thing, and that was definitely not to just be another pair of earbuds. We started with the fundamental problem of unwanted noise in the bedroom, and we laser focused our engineering on singularly addressing that problem. This design approach led us to optimise around very different variables than normal earbuds do—most notably in the size of the sleepbuds™ and acoustics.
As the vast majority of people sleep with their ear pressing into a pillow, designing an in-ear device that is comfortable for side sleepers was of paramount importance—you can see this in how Bose noise-masking sleepbuds™ are dramatically smaller than other wireless earbuds on the market. And our sounds have been carefully engineered to maximise both masking and relaxation, and can be played softly because of the way they’ve been designed to work with the noise reduction of the sleepbuds™ themselves.
Will long term use of Bose noise-masking sleepbuds™ risk damaging my hearing?
We’ve limited the maximum sound pressure level (SPL) output of the sleepbuds™ to 70 dBA. This is based on the most conservative reference we are aware of: the World Health Organization’s 1980 “Environmental Health Criteria for Noise”, section 1.1.4. It states that there is “no identifiable risk of hearing damage” in noise levels of less than 75 dBA averaged over 8 hours. Most international standards use the equal-energy rule to adjust the safe exposure time to a noise by doubling it for every 3 dB decrease in level. As such, the 75 dBA for 8 hours equates to 70 dB(A) for a full 24 hours. Read the World Health Organization’s 1980 Environmental Health Criteria for Noise document.
By comparison, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a document in 1998; in Chapter 3, it summarizes studies that show the increased risk of hearing loss after 40 years of exposure to 80 dBA for 8 hours daily (the lowest exposure for which data was provided) at between 0–5%. NIOSH endorsed the 3 dB equal energy rule. This would allow 5 dB more exposure than the WHO guideline does. Read the NIOSH document. Similarly, in the European Union (EU), the Noise at Work Regulations (Directive 2003/10/EC) sets the maximum 8-hour exposure limit at 80 dBA before some type of hearing protection must be provided. Below this limit, there are no limits to exposure. Read the Noise at Work Regulations document.
What’s the warranty for Bose noise-masking sleepbuds?
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds are a unique addition to the Bose product lineup. As the first of its kind, we’re providing a warranty that’s tailored specifically for this product. Bose sleepbuds are covered by the Bose Limited Warranty for a period of 2 years.