A headband with built-in earphones could lull you to deep sleep, without even waking a partner sleeping by your side.
versions are wired with a phone, but a wireless version, slated to go
on sale in April, has just won a prestigious award at the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
"Being able to sleep soundly is
crucial to feeling well overall, and SleepPhones help by playing
relaxing audio, drowning out noise, and establishing a positive bedtime
routine," says Wei-Shin Lai, one of the inventors of the headphones.
The firm began selling the product in 2007, when Lai was working as a doctor.
2007, I had trouble falling back to sleep after patient phone calls
late at night as a family doctor. My husband suggested that I listen to
something to take my mind off of patient concerns," says Lai, the Daily
"Since I didn't want to disturb my husband while he
slept, I needed headphones or ear buds I could wear in bed. But there
was nothing comfortable in the market so I came up with stuffing
speakers inside a headband," adds Lai.
"There's a version of our
product for sports, a version for sleep, and now a wireless version that
eliminates cords entirely by playing back media from any
Bluetooth-enabled device," concludes Lai.
The current version has a
wire so it can be plugged into an iPod or bedside alarm, but the next
version will be wireless, the firm said Sunday.
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