No, not really. They're not THAT hard to kill with either bow or sword, they can only really get you if you go outside at night, and sleeping as infrequently as every third in-game day will keep them from spawning above your player. If you're on a multiplayer server with people who won't sleep/log when you do to help you skip night, you need new friends to play with.
And sometimes you DO want them to spawn above you, because they are kinda fun to hunt and drop somewhat useful potion ingredients or Elytra repair materials. Although you can get a decent number of phantom wings from sleeping with your pet cat every night, anyways.
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