Momma Told Me: SleepPhones: Pajamas For Your Ears Review and Giveaway~ 1/14

Saturday, December 29, 2012

SleepPhones: Pajamas For Your Ears Review and Giveaway~ 1/14

Momma Told Me: Count the sheep until you fall asleep...

I don't think there's any symbol more synonymous with a peaceful doze than that of a fluffy little lamb. The practice of, quite literally, counting imaginary sheep, in order to lull oneself to sleep has been around in numerous cultures as far back as 1854 recorded history. While, in more modern times, this imagery is often conjured as a tongue in cheek pop culture reference, the general idea behind the concept is to, essentially, bore the participant to slumber. When I was a child I'd always imagine Claymation style sheep, a-la Seely Serta or Wallace and Grommet, moreso composing imaginary adventures rather than a field and fence. The result, however, was usually the same, as I wound myself into dreamland. As an adult, I find myself longing for the days where imaginary sheep could prance me off to slumber; falling asleep, and staying asleep, seems increasingly difficult through the years.
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In my marriage there was no doubt of the stress caused by night after night of progressively worse snoring endured on my part. And, while snoring is quite annoying for the person left sleeping next to the snorer, I do advocate medical treatment; it can cause much more serious health issues for both bed mates. But snoring is not the only culprit for 'Zzzzz's' lost, I've also inherited an overactive mind, one that will keep me up for hours in the dark, just contemplating and stressing over decisions and upcoming events. I over-analyze everything (I get this from my father), and it can keep even me from falling back to sleep if awoken. Stress is, of course, one of the most common obstacles to a good night's rest; the inability to unwind, or block outside stimuli can make for poor REM cycles and lack of hours slept. It's a tedious line between poor rest, and none at all. While I sometimes think I've gotten enough sleep my body is quick to remind me otherwise, even those who stay in bed 8 hours are not necessarily resting. One of my biggest weapons in the war against the Zzzz's?; white noise and ambient music.
While the other half would likely elect to fall asleep to the sound of Pink Floyd, or his current Progressive band of choice, I am exceedingly picky about the amount of noise I can tolerate when drifting off. Nearly every night I must sleep with a fan nearby, even if only for the sound alone. Background sounds, such as the TV or the neighbor's music can keep my tossing for hours, on the edge of drifting off and wide awake. Over the past year I've resorted to sleeping with a very small MP3 player, which requires me to endure the uncomfortable sensation of hard plastic ear buds. Sleeping with headphones is simply out of the question, as they are too bulky to sleep on my side, but my earbuds will often fall out, or tangle in resting. So, when I discovered SleepPhones I had a clear 'Why didn't I think of that?' moment, over a product that seemed so impressively simple.
SleepPhones, marketed as 'Pajamas For Your Ears,' are more accurately described as their name; headphones produced solely for wear during sleep. Made from a very generous fit, ultra soft, easy to clean and maintain fleece material, this headband has one wonderful secret. Through the back, SleepPhones feature a Velcro seam which opens to reveal 2 removable earbuds. These earbuds are specially designed for thickness, to rest flat against your ears when side sleeping, and plug into nearly any modern audio device through a 3.5mm jack. Because of their common connector, SleepPhones will plug directly into most cell phones, MP3 players, 'i' devices, and even alarm clocks. The base models do not include a volume adjustor, though upgraded SleepPhones systems include such features for as little as $25 more. I love simple products with big intentions, and couldn't wait to get my hands on a pair; I knew the other half and I would be fighting over them in no time.
SleepPhones arrive packaged ready to gift, along with a complimentary AcousticSheep Sampler CD of easy listening tracks intended to help you doze off to lullaby land quickly. There are 3 sizes of SleepPhones; while the fabric is very forgiving and we were both able to use the 'M' median size, you do want to measure your forehead prior to ordering just to be sure. Note these are intended to be worn over the ears, with the front resting just at brow level, so they will need to stretch a little from your forehead measurement. There are also 3 soothing color choices, Grey, Lavender, and Black. Each SleepPhones device will feature the brand logo sewn in label form on the front. I cannot speak enough praise for the softness and comfort of the fleece material, nor how easy it is to remove the buds and hand wash the band itself. I was concerned wearing what is essentially a sweatband all night might have been obtrusive, but it is actually quite soothing. There is something about the gentle pressure that reminds me of a comforting hug. While I, personally, prefer to wear the band over my hair and ears, you may also wear your hear loosely tied back, or looped behind the ears.
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In regards to output quality and the loudness for your sleeping partner, who may not be wearing SleepPhones, the buds are positioned quite close to the ears and only need to perform at minimal volume level to block sound and do their job. The clarity is fairly impressive, considering the extra surface (fabric) the sound is traveling through, though most content is audible, to some extent, for the person lying next to you. Of course, in our home, we both use SleepPhones, so this is not a concern- why would you want to fight over who get's them each night? Personally, I listen to music, very faintly, to help me relax, and take focus off of the day's events or stresses. I tried some of the tracks from the sampler CD and found them great for unwinding and naps during the day, but prefer my MP3s at night. The cord length is fairly generous at 48", but I've considered investing in the brand's extension adapter as I like to toss and roll through the night. The 48" cord is fine for small MP3 player devices, but can be an issue when I plug into my tablet. In all, we couldn't imagine going back to life before SleepPhones, they are truly an extension of our PJs, and an amazing investment for personal health!

What Daughter Says: SleepPhones will have you skipping the sheep and drifting right to sleep.

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48 comments:

  1. I would pass on the mp3s they have... my favorite to fall asleep to is Kenny Logins HOUSE AT POOH CORNER... works everytime for me!!!

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  2. My husband would listen to sports radio shows.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. OMG! You rock! I have been wanting these for a year, & you have the chance right here how awesome is that! I already have my sounds saved, Binatural Beats! These sounds play and trigger the brain to relax. I have sleep issues and get 3hours sleep a night, I can NOT fall asleep with racing thoughts. Binatural Beats have better effect with headset on the ears to brain effect. You sleep faster, and stay asleep longer!

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  4. I love the sound of waves so I would try the Pentatonic Waves =D

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  5. I like to fall asleep listening to podcasts. This looks like the perfect thing for me because my earbuds always fall out!

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  6. I would listen to newport waves.

    ziggy28028 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Of the music on their site I think I would choose waves. I would probably end up listening to music I already have (cello or something similar).

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  8. I would listen to my sleep mixes while camping

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  9. I'd listen to beachy sounds or nature
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  10. I'd love to listen to the waves - and this is perfect for drowning out my hubby's snoring! As it is, I sleep with plugs in and a red head warmer that doubles as my sleep mask - when I wake up, it has moved up my head so it always looks like I'm wearing a Fez to bed!

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  11. I would love to fall asleep listening to the pentatonic waves. I used to live across the street from the ocean and would leave my bedroom window open so I could hear the waves at night. I always slept like a baby during that time.

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  12. I might try listening to nature sounds to fall asleep.

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  13. I tend to lay down with podcasts and books a couple hours before I actually go to sleep. I do hate my earbuds though.

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  15. These also come in handy when getting home at 7am and going to bed... I slide the front over my eyes and get to sleep in darkness :)

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  16. I would listen to Pentatonic Waves!

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  17. I would totally listen to "A minor thing"

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  18. I think To Dreams Unsettled sounds soothing.

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  19. I listen to wave sounds! I hope I win!

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  20. Newport Waves

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  21. The Newport Waves would be nice to listen to.

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  22. That's an interesting invention. My husband seems to wake up to any little noise. This might help him tune it. I pretty much sleep like a rock and then wake up after 5-7 hours, lol. I like to sleep with either the TV or radio playing softly and the fan on. :)

    Dawn

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  23. I would listen to sleep music and meditation cds.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. Maybe this would drown out my husband's snoring! Off to check them out!

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  25. I would definitely have to try listening to ocean waves. I find them so peaceful, but I'm afraid they may trigger my recurring nightmare of tidal waves. Maybe I should stick with the white noise that my sound machine used to play ... before it died from over-use.

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  26. I would listen to Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
    ----- Paul T/Pauline T aka Paol Trenny ..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  27. I would listen to the pentatonic waves.

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  28. I would listen to the pentatonic waves.

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  29. I NEED these! I plan to be listening to my headphones while I am in labor in a few weeks but I hate the way headphones feel, I am going to check into this for sure! Thank you!

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  30. I would be listening to smooth jazz. Honestly, though, if I won, I would offer them to a friend who recently told me she was seriously considering leaving her husband because of the snoring. I think she was just kidding?

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  31. I'd probably listen to some coldplay.

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  32. I have some 'Learn to speak spanish' downloads that I'd probably listen to. Might be bilingual in a couple weeks! LOL

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  33. Oh wow! This looks so interesting!!

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  34. OK. I need a pair, seriously! I would listen to everything. OH how lovely these would be on planes!!

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  35. White noise might be able to drown out barking dogs

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  36. I would probably listen to Newport Waves. I always loved the idea of living in an old mansion above a cliff listening to waves crashing along the rocks.

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  37. I think I'd listen to Newport Waves.

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  38. I am so so glad I found this on your blog! I currently put regular headphones in at night to listen to my favorite radio program while falling asleep- because my husband can't stand the commercials.

    I can't wait to get these and be healthy and comfy while falling asleep!

    Thanks for the great review and giveaway!!!

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  39. I would try the Newport Waves. I've been wanting to try binaural beats for a long time, but didn't see how sleeping with headphones was practical.

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  40. I would listen to Breakfast Sizzle.

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