If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, Bose has a $250 solution for you.
A year after being discontinued for battery problems, Bose is bringing back its wireless Sleepbuds. These earbuds aren’t meant to compete with Apple’s AirPods or anything like that, though. As the name suggests, you’ll wear these to bed with the goal of making you more comfortable and relaxed than you would be without them.
The Sleepbuds II, which launch on Oct. 6 for $250, aren’t like other earbuds on the market — you can’t just connect them to your phone and listen to whatever you want. Bose has a bunch of other wireless earbuds for that. Instead, the buds connect to a special mobile app with 35 free tracks that will presumably drown out the world around you and quiet your mind so you can get to sleep. Ideally, you’ll put these on, boot up one of the tracks, and fall asleep without the din of noise you might typically deal with.
Bose made a point to note that the Sleepbuds II don’t feature active noise cancellation and, instead, rely on a collection of soothing tracks to cover up the noise around you while physical seals on the earbuds theoretically keep some sound out. If Bose’s audio tracks don’t get repetitive and the battery holds up, the Sleepbuds II could help negate the snoring that keeps you up at night.
Lastly, Bose says the new Sleepbuds II can last 10 hours on a single charge. Significant battery problems hampered the first Sleepbuds last year, so this battery improvement will be something to watch for in the new model.
Sure, two and a half Benjamins for earbuds that have no use outside the bedroom sounds like a lot, but everyone’s gotta sleep.