WE HAVE SELECTED THE BEST TRAVEL PILLOWS
You’ve tried an uncomfortable slouch against the window. You’ve hunched over the tray table. You’ve even slyly eyed up your neighbor’s shoulder as a potential headrest. Let’s face it: Unless you’re in first class, getting rest on a long-haul flight is never easy. We’re not only physically cramped and uncomfortable, but “when we’re traveling, we’re just a bit less able to really, truly relax,” says Dr. Rebecca Robbins, a sleep specialist and Harvard Medical School instructor.
Besides foot slings and natural sleep aids, a pillow is necessary for even attempting sleep on a flight. There are the ones the airlines give you, neck pillows, lumbar pillows, and even pillows for your entire head. To find out which of these are the best, we talked to picky people who log a lot of miles, two chiropractors, and a spine surgeon to find comfortable, safe, and supportive options.