Ah sleep. The one time of day you can escape all your worldly burdens, close your eyes and vividly dream of spiders, or being best friends with the moon, or something. It’s vital, and natural.

But in the same way that tech and shoe companies keep making running — the least complicated sport in the world — more complex and expensive, tech and device companies are finding new ways to quantify and sell you stuff for sleep.

The Bose Sleepbuds II play sounds and block out external noise to help you get to sleep.

The Bose Sleepbuds II play sounds and block out external noise to help you get to sleep.

Bose is back on the bandwagon again after the many tech failures of its first attempt to make earbuds that help you sleep. I have to admit that I used my original Sleepbuds a lot on planes until they eventually stopped charging, and I do find that I get to sleep sooner and more soundly when I wear the $380 second-generation buds now that I’m trying to get used to the noise of the city again (lockdown was so quiet).

But even these new Sleepbuds can’t play anything other than the included sounds, my right bud keeps randomly cutting out, they’re uncomfortable if you sleep on your side, and I find that I wake up groggier when I wear them. I still plan on wearing them on planes eventually, but a pair of 50 cent ear plugs might serve most people better.



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