Travel Rest Travel Pillow – Sleeping on a Plane

Sleep on a plane

I never sleep well in a sitting position. Whether it’s on a train a plane or even a Lazy Boy recliner, I have almost zero chance of falling asleep.

However, the first leg of our trip was going to require 36 hours of time in the air, so if I wasn’t going to be able to catch at least a few Z’s, I was going to give new meaning to the term “walking dead.”

Good Preparation = Good Sleep

Being that we were going to be in the air so long, I needed to do some research on tips and aids for sleeping on the plane.

Plenty of sites recommend you pack a sleep aid or pill to take when you want to try and doze off. My body, however, is very anti-sleep medication. Just as I pop a pill my brain with go into overdrive as if it’s trying to fight the pill from going to work. It’s as if my brain is saying, “Oh, you wanted to try and sleep? Take this!”

So pills are pretty much useless.

Pillows, on the other hand, seem to work much better.

When I sleep at home I mostly sleep on my side, so traditional travel pillows which wrap around the next and cradle your head in the center don’t really work well for me. For that reason we decided to pick up a pair of Travel Rest pillows.

How do they work?

The Travel Rest pillows have a rather unique design. They look similar to an inflated banana or giant apostrophe. They are designed to wrap around one side of your body while you rest up against it. A long cord allows you to either fasten the pillow to a headrest to keep it in place, or – and in my opinion a much better way to use it – you can wrap the cord around your back and attach it to the lower end of the pillow.

Travel Rest

If you attach to pillow cord to its lower end, it feels much like wearing a pillow sash. This will allow you to lean against a chair or bulk head with your head comfortably supported. I’m happy to report that I was able to sleep a bit with this pillow style.

Of course, doing something with your legs is still a big issue when sleeping on a plane. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a good way to alleviate this problem yet.

What I didn’t like

The Travel Rest pillow is light and rolls up to take hardly any space. The one thing I wasn’t super keen on was blowing up the pillow.

The pillow inflates with a blow tube much like the ones you find on any beach toy. The problem I ran into was pulling this blow nozzle out so that you can inflate it. The nozzle is pushed back into the pillow and disengaging it is rather difficult. You can grab with your teeth on a tiny plastic nib to pull it out, but I honestly don’t know how long this little nib will last. I can definitely see myself chewing it off in frustration one day. I guess time will tell.

Blow hole issues aside, the pillow blows up quickly and is covered in a fake-suede material, so it’s comfortable to use. If you’re a side sleeper like I am, I really recommend you give this travel pillow a try.

2 Responses to “Travel Rest Travel Pillow – Sleeping on a Plane”

  1. Sasksak  on February 21st, 2011

    I really liked the pillow too, the only thing I didn’t like was how it attracted lint and fuzz.

  2. Shani  on February 28th, 2011

    Very interesting, I’ve never seen that before. Only those ones that go around your head from behind. Nice to know, you can side sleep on a plane or car!

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