Wearing your AirPods Pro to sleep almost feels natural. Most people wear their wireless headphones throughout the day (hopefully you’re not wearing them in the shower or bath though), so falling asleep with them makes a lot of sense.
Sleeping with wireless headphones (such as the AirPods Pro) is better than sleeping with wired earbuds, because it avoids tangled wires in bed. Wireless headphones like the AirPod Pro will also have a tighter fit while lying down, which improves their noise-canceling effectiveness.
Lying down in bed with AirPods is comfortable, and you can use the wireless earbuds to fall asleep with. AirPods can last for up to 5 hours on a full charge. This will be plenty for the average user to fall asleep in a relatively relaxed way.
Is It Bad To Wear AirPods To Bed?
Wearing your AirPods to bed can be bad for your health, mainly due to potential ear infections, soreness, hearing loss, or long-term sleep problems. Even cancer risk from wearing AirPods to bed could pose a risk for wireless headphones users.
However, the comfortable fit of Apple’s wireless earbuds makes them a perfect candidate for sleeping with them. Use the different tips included with your AirPods Pro purchase, to find the optimal fit. After all, everyone’s ears are different, and choosing an earbud tip that fits your ear is important to increase the overall comfort level.
While the earbuds are unlikely to fall out of your ears while lying down or sleeping, they could definitely be uncomfortable if you tend to sleep on your side. The extra pressure of the AirPod on the ear that touches your pillow tends to hurt the user’s ear after a while.
If you’re a restless sleeper, someone who often switches from their left to right side in the bed, it can happen that the AirPods have a tendency to fall out eventually. Some people are worried about losing their AirPods when this happens. Or worse, swallowing them whole while having a bad dream!
Is Swallowing AirPods While Sleeping A Risk?
While the chance of swallowing an AirPod while sleeping is tiny, the pill batteries inside the AirPod buds are definitely a health hazard. However, a report from a man who felt discomfort in his chest after swallowing AirPods left no lasting impact on his health. The overall risk of swallowing AirPods will therefore be minimal.
Swallowing wireless Apple earbuds in your sleep is not a common occurrence, but it has happened more than once. True wireless earbuds, while comfortable, can definitely fall out of the ear. In a rare series of events, one can swallow an earbud while sleeping. But the chances of these occurrences are so minimal, they don’t pose a real risk to the average user.
Keep AirPods From Falling Out While Sleeping
Knowing the risks and the discomfort those wireless earbuds might cause, you might still be interested in wearing them overnight. There are many ways to wear wireless headphones (people even wear their AirPods upside down), but to keep them from falling out you have to adjust them a little.
The best way to wear your AirPods while sleeping is by twisting them upwards by roughly 30 degrees, this brings the base of the AirPods in a horizontal position. Your AirPods are now slightly sticking outward away from your ears.
If your AirPods tend to fall out of your ears quickly, these comfortable ear hooks (attachable to both regular AirPods and AirPods Pro) can also be very helpful. Attaching the ear hooks to the wireless earbuds will keep them firmly inside your ears throughout the night.
Furthermore, be aware that your AirPods batteries might not last the whole night. The batteries in your AirPods will only last about 5 hours in total, which is not enough for an average healthy night of sleep (about 8 hours). Therefore, you might only want to use your AirPods to fall asleep, but you shouldn’t expect them to stay on for the whole time you’re sleeping.
AirPods Will Fall Out: Here’s How To Locate Them
In my experience, 90% of the time the AirPods will fall out of your ears overnight. This does not need to be an issue. Usually, they are easy to find and will be on or next to your pillow. On rare occasions, you will find them on the floor or under your bedsheets.
If you really can’t find your wireless earbuds anymore, use the official Apple instructions to locate your AirPods:
- Open the ‘Find My’ application on iPhone, iPad, or Mac
- Navigate to the ‘Devices’ tab
- Select your AirPods, the location should be specified underneath the device name
In case your AirPods Pro earbuds are separated, simply refresh the map to locate the other earbud. Keep refreshing to alternate between the left and right wireless earbud on the map. This way, you will always know where both of them are at any point in time, even after waking up!