Here’s something I found interesting.  For years now I have been accustomed to having some sort of background noise going while I sleep.  I have a couple of different sound machines and I even have a sound app on my phone.  There is a new product out called “SleepPHones”.  What are they?  You could probably guess by the title, they are headbands that you wear to sleep.  They have built-in headphones too.  Now you can listen to sounds of the forest, gentle rain, white noise, or even Paul McCartney’s greatest hits.  At the same time it won’t disturb your partner.  Bonus…your ears will stay comfy warm and it doesn’t feel like you are wearing headphones because they are lightweight, padded and don’t stick to anything in your ears as they block out noise.

Here's what it looks like:

The earliest version of SleepPhones plugged into a phone, computer or music player. Newer versions are wireless, but significantly more expensive: The original costs $39.95, while the wireless versions cost $99.95.

The latest version, SleepPhones Effortless, is wireless and features induction charging. It connects to your music player through Bluetooth and charges when placed on a charging stand.

The headband can also double as an eye mask. Getting a good night's sleep has been proven to have a number of benefits, including improved test scores, a stronger immune system andbetter judgment.

But while there are many reasons why you need to prioritize sleep, a device like this one, while handy, may not be the way to do it. In fact, one of the best ways to improve your sleep is to banish technological devices from the bedroom: televisions, computers, phones and everything else.

A recent study showed that children who sleep with electronic devices in their bedrooms get less sleep than those who don't. The light emitted by electronic devices like phones, tablets and computers has also been shown to inhibit sleep.

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