In order for me to sleep while sitting upright, I tilt my neck to one side and just let it kind of hang there. Then I wonder why I'd wake up with neck pain. That's all in the past, thanks to the Trtl Pillow, the best travel pillow I never knew I needed. Image by Stephanie Lee.
The Trtl Pillow isn't like those fat, horseshoe-shaped travel pillows that you buy in airports. It's the only one I can use that doesn't end up uncomfortably pushing my neck forward when I start to doze off. Unlike travel pillows that offer cushion all around, the Trtl pillow is made for people who prefer to sleep by cradling their head to one side.
It wraps around your neck like a scarf, using velcro to hold the whole thing firmly to your person, like so:
Using your shoulder as a base, the support props up your neck in a way that feels natural and comfortable. If you're ever confused on how to use it, the pillow has stickers indicating where your jaw or shoulder should rest. If you want to switch sides, simply flip the thing around. The soft fleece material feels wonderful too.
I recently used the Trtl Pillow ($54.95) on a few car trips and 10-hour flight to Paris, and it cradled my head and neck so well that I easily fell fast asleep, albeit not into a deep sleep. Still better than the zero hours, or some hours with neck pain, I got from long flights before. It's worth noting that I'm curious to see how the support material, which seems to be made from a hard plastic, will hold up from use over time.