Is it bad to sleep with AirPods in? What about earbuds?

By John Adebimitan

Listening to music or a relaxing podcast with your AirPods or earbuds in can easily make you get carried away and fall asleep. And at that moment, it is easy to panic and wonder if you have done any lasting damage.

Is it bad to sleep with AirPods in? What harm can it do, if any? We’ll be answering these questions in this article, then we’ll be sharing tips on how to sleep with your AirPods or earbuds if it is absolutely necessary to do so. So, stick around.

The short answer is NO. It is not bad to sleep with Airpods in. However, there are certain things you should look out for, and also things you should know before this happens.

Is it bad to sleep with AirPods in?

NO. It is not bad to sleep with Airpods in.

While falling asleep with your AirPods on will not cause any immediate damage, it can hurt if you are someone who tends to sleep on one side. The additional pressure can result in some pain. Although this is not lasting damage (it’ll only last for some minutes, at most), you might find it pretty uncomfortable to deal with.

If you are a restless sleeper, you could end up losing one or both of them when you are asleep. Again, this isn’t a huge concern, but searching for your AirPods immediately after you wake up is not something anyone wants to do. So, keep that in mind.

Lastly, over-exposing your auditory canal to sound, especially if it is loud, can end up causing some problems in the future. This should not be a cause of concern, though, unless you listen to loud music on your AirPods every night. If you are careful with the volume and frequency, you shouldn’t have any issues.

Is it bad to fall asleep with earbuds in?

NO, it isn’t bad. It is okay to fall asleep with your earbuds every now and then, but of course, there are things to consider. Just like with the AirPods, the only thing you have to worry about is over-exposure and volume. Falling asleep to loud music frequently can cause some serious damages like hearing loss, soreness, and even ear infections.

Also, falling asleep with earbuds can end up causing earwax buildup. This can happen when you do this too often. It is always a good idea to switch it up sometimes. If you have had them plugged in for a while, take them out and try listening to music on your loudspeaker instead. And don’t forget, you might not enjoy searching for them when you wake up, that is if you lose them while you are asleep.

Can sleeping with AirPods cause cancer?

While there have been rumors that the electromagnetic fields used in Apple AirPods could potentially cause cancer, there has been no evidence to support this claim. The quality control that goes into manufacturing Apple AirPods is top-notch, so claims that suggest it could cause cancer are false. The only health concerns that could be raised with time are ear infections, wax buildup, or hearing loss. And even in cases like this, it is likely due to misuse.

Can sleeping with AirPods cause ear infections?

Well, it shouldn’t. AirPods are safe, and lots of people wear them to sleep every night while listening to calming music or sounds. If wearing AirPods starts to hurt, you might want to consider a few things. Your reaction to the AirPods is largely dependent on how you place them, how well they fit you, and how long you will be wearing them.

You shouldn’t be wearing your AirPods directly in your ear canal. It would cause headaches, soreness, and contribute to the discomfort you feel. Instead, try to place them at the entrance. A better positioning will make it easier for you to wear them for longer periods without having any issues.

Also, make sure your AirPods are fitted with the right size for your ears. And also, take regular breaks when you are wearing your AirPods for long periods. You could wear it to sleep, but be careful with the positioning, and the volume. Also, try not to make it a habit. You should not be sleeping with your AirPods every night.

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How to sleep on your side with AirPods

So, let’s say you want to sleep with your AirPods, and as luck will have it, you sleep on your side. What do you do?

Well, regardless of how you try it, you’ll feel very uncomfortable if you end up sleeping on your side with both AirPods on. The only way to keep this from happening would be to take one of your AirPods out, from the side you’ll be sleeping on. Even then, you might end up turning and sleeping on the other side. That could also cause discomfort. We generally would advise against sleeping with headphones, earbuds, and Airpods on.

Can you die from sleeping with AirPods in?

NO, dying in your sleep from keeping your AirPod in is very unlikely. Yes, there are risks and concerns, but death is not one of the possibilities. Actually, it could be totally fine to sleep with your AirPods on, as far as you take the necessary precautions before doing so.

To conclude,

Is it bad to sleep with AirPods in? No, it isn’t. There are definitely things to keep in mind, and also concerns to address. Plus, you have to be extra careful with how you wear them and how loud your audio is. Also, try not to make a habit out of sleeping with your AirPods. The long-term effects are not great to deal with. Other than that, there is not a lot to worry about.

So, the next time you would like to plug your AirPods or earbuds in, listen to music and just unwind while you drift off to sleep, you can do this without having to feel anxious. You won’t get hurt. Follow the precautions, rest easy and you’re good to go!

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