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Can't seem to get comfortable
on December 5, 2011
I think pillows are a difficult item to rate/review given the unique nature of everyone's varying estimations of what they personally find comfortable. With that said, I could not seem to find a comfortable sleep position with this pillow.
Generally speaking, I don't find travel pillows especially comfortable-- and trust me-- not for lack of trying. My work requires me to extensively travel by air (I'm on a plane traveling anywhere from 2 to 4 days a week) across a large territory. I can sleep on planes fairly well, with or without a pillow to support my head. Obviously I'd prefer to use a pillow that increases my comfort (and it would likely be better for my neck, and tension in my shoulders and back), but this isn't that pillow.
First of all, it's pretty big, even when secured in its attached traveling sack; I like to travel light, and there just doesn't seem to be a good place to put this. Second, the flap that goes down the back made it a little difficult to get situated in. Third, the amount of filling behind the neck forced my neck forward into an unnatural position, which is actually one of the two things I'm looking to prevent by using a neck pillow in the first place. In order to lean my head back even slightly, I had to constantly utilize my neck musceles to fight the filling in the pillow, creating strain and tension in my neck. Last, the shape of the pillow on the sides promoted my head rolling forward as opposed to it's being able to easily tilt to the side in a supported, resting position. Here again, if I wanted to rest my head truly to one side or the other, I was going to be engaging my neck muscles to fight the shape/filling found in the back of this pillow.
It's worth noting that I only purchased this pillow because it was available thru prime and I wanted it quickly. However, I also purchased a "TravelRest" pillow at the same time (which was not available via prime when I ordered). For my purposes and comfort, I have found the "TravelRest" pillow to be vastly superior, and would recommend checking it out before purchasing this pillow.