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Kokoon Nightbuds review: restful sleep awaits you

(Pocket-Plush) – If you’re having trouble sleeping or just might benefit from a calming aid, Kokoon Nightbuds might be an answer.

These are smart headphones designed to provide a comfortable fit that you can wear when you fall asleep, with the help of the relaxing sounds of the Kokoon app.

We’ve seen the Kokoon Sleep Earphones before and found them a wonderful way to fall asleep after a hard day – or just use them to relax and unwind. But for side sleepers, they were a bit too bulky and therefore sometimes uncomfortable.

With Nightbuds, however, these issues are no longer present. But can the atria be so good for relaxation? We took a nap with the Nightbuds to find out.

The joy of the side sleeper

  • 5.4mm thick (in-ear)
  • Four pairs of silicone sizing tips included
  • Sleep analysis data with heart rate sensor
  • Passive noise blocking and intelligent noise masking
  • Battery with a capacity of 100 mAh, provides a battery life of more than 10 hours

Kokoon Nightbuds are interesting for a number of different reasons. These in-ear headphones have a loop-through cable design where each side of the headphones comes out of the main control box. This box has simple controls and a battery that allows for over 10 hours of playback before a recharge is necessary.

Wiring is obviously an important part of the design as it keeps things comfortable and prevents you from accidentally strangling yourself while you sleep. This loop also helps to hang the headphones on your ears and to tuck the headphones well inside.

Nightbuds come with four pairs of silicone tips. These are designed with different sized tips and wings to ensure a perfect fit in the ear. We have found this fit to work really well, as they are not only comfortable, but also adjusted in such a way that they don’t come out without you wanting them to. This adjustment also helps passively block out a lot of surrounding noise.

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These in-ear headphones adjust so that you can comfortably wear them while you sleep on your side, with your ear buried in a pillow. But the slim and curved body of the control box also means that you can also sleep on your back without any problems.

Nightbuds are perfectly suited to be worn all night long. Not just in terms of comfort, but also battery life. Although a small complaint we have is that if you wake up and want to take them off for some reason, we have often found that the silicone tips come loose in the ear when we take the headphones off. So it is very important to have a bedside table or a clear dresser nearby to insert them.

Sleep like a baby

If you’ve had trouble sleeping in the past, or if your sleep is regularly disturbed, you may have tried listening to relaxing music, white noise, or podcasts. Nightbuds takes this idea and improves it considerably.

With the accompanying app, you have access to a number of guided sleep programs, music files, relaxing soundscapes and more. These sounds include things like binaural beats which provide fantastically immersive yet soothing and relaxing sounds that can help you unwind.

But our favorites might be the different meditation sessions – including the “body scan”, “mindfulness moments”, “hypnosis for self-doubt”, and more. These feature relaxing voices with suggestive mediation sessions, which help you relax your body and free your mind from everyday worries.

These meditation sessions are also supported by various relaxing background sounds – such as an ocean gently washing over the sand, gentle fall rains, a crackling campfire, rain on a glass, and more. You can mix and match them to find the perfect spot to help you drop.

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Nightbuds aren’t just designed to sound great, either. They also have passive noise cancellation through this in-ear adjustment, as well as smart noise masking that suppresses sounds from snoring partners or loud traffic outside your bedroom window.

We found it so effective that we didn’t notice when a loved one got up at night to use the bathroom or a child broke into the room. Definitely a positive point (well, apart from the flack we got from our partner the next morning).

Sleep data

Nightbuds have an infrared light system that works as a sensor that can light up your skin at night to track and measure your heart rate. This technology then allows you to monitor your sleep. This helps track basic data such as how fast you fall asleep and how long you sleep. This system also tracks when you fall asleep and automatically attenuates the music.

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Despite all this technology, we found that Nightbuds could be used with pleasure for several nights in a row before needing to be recharged. A small problem is that you have to turn them off if you take them out as there is no auto-off feature at the moment. We really like having things like the volume and power controls on the control box because that means you don’t have to touch your phone while you sleep.


Kokoon Nightbuds are a great option if you have trouble sleeping or just want better, deeper sleep.

The app also has a lot of data offerings, but more importantly, soundscapes and audio sessions that you can really get lost in.

We have found these in-ear headphones to be wonderfully comfortable, well-designed, and capable of delivering both wonderful sleep and super-relaxation sessions.

Also consider

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Kokoon sleep headphones

If you want superior noise cancellation and more data, the Sleep headphones might be a better choice. These have EEG (electroencephalogram) brain wave sensors, motion detection technology, and active noise cancellation (ANC) to add intelligence to your sleep schedule. They are big, so not ideal for side sleepers.


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QuietOn 3 Headphones

If you don’t want to listen to music, the QuietOn 3 headphones are a great idea. These are designed just to block out ambient noise and nothing else – no music playing here.

Written by Adrian Willings. Editing by Mike Lowe.