Sleeping on an airplane is norotirously difficult for most people. A bad angle and cramped quarters are not the elements of a restful nap. Think back to your last trip, how many people did you see do the head-bob? You are somewhat comfortable with your head against your seat, they’ve turned the heat on, the lights are dimmed, and the hum of the plane lulls you to sleep. Then, BOUNCE! Your head tilts forward suddenly and you awake with a start! It happens to all of us. But what if it didn’t have to happen? What if there was a pillow designed to keep your head on your neck?
There is and it’s called the Trtl Pillow. Now, I’ve never been a fan of U-shaped pillows. They throw your head to far forward, don’t pack small enough, and just don’t work for me. Inflatable pillow take too long to get Goldilocks-perfect and never seem to be durable enough to last. What else is there? If you favor the window seat, you can scrunch up your jacket or wrap between your shoulder, neck, and window but that means constant readjusting. And, what about those of us who prefer the aisle or those stuck in the middle?
The Trtl Pillow may be the answer. This is a uniquely designed piece. It’s like a neck brace but more adjustable and comfortable. Over on the Trtl Pillow website, they call this essential napparatus (love that!) and provide this information:
The Science of Sleep
The secret of the Trtl Travel Pillow is our internal support system, hidden in our super soft fleece.
1. Strengthened Ribs provide scientifically proven head and neck support
2. Super Soft Fleece and foam is stretched to create a comforting hammock effect
3. Patented Design fits any neck shape, jaw and shoulder
All this combines to give you the most comfortable sleep possible on the move. Trtl Pillow is scientifically proven to hold the head and neck in a better ergonomic position than a traditional travel pillow.
I got my Trtl just before a business trip back east, a 3 1/2 hour flight and the perfect time to test it. Travel day arrived and armed with my grey Trtl Pillow, I settled into 15D and put on my Trtl. It took some adjusting to get it just right but soon I was headed to the land of nod. I managed to sleep pretty well for what seemed like a few hours, but it was only about 45 minutes.
Here is what I liked about the Trtl Pillow:
- Ability to be washed
What I didn’t like:
- It got warm fast
- The collar effect seemed to sag and bunch as I slept
- The rigid insert didn’t seem quite rigid enough
I rate this as a buy despite the drawbacks. It may take some getting used to but I think it is the best travel pillow choice for what’s out there.
What about you? What’s your favorite travel pillow? Sound off in the comments!