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The only travel pillow that 'allows' me to sleep while sitting upright
on January 2, 2014
Without this pillow, any time I would begin to fall asleep when sitting upright -- and whether as a passenger in a car, or on a plane -- what would happen is that as soon as my head would begin to 'nod', or otherwise 'go to the side' a bit, the movement would trigger my suddenly waking... and when on a plane, specifically, and on a long flight, this could happen over, and over, and over -- and be incredibly frustrating, and result in no true sleep ever taking place (not even a few minutes of uninterrupted sleep).
Even if I were to slightly recline a given seat or chair, the problem would inevitably come down to my head moving -- and whether 'nodding' down, or to the side, it would result in my waking.
This pillow -- although expensive -- is different enough from any other travel pillow I've tried, to result in my not only being able to sleep when slightly reclined in a seat in a car or on a plane, but is also the ONLY reason that I can sustain uninterrupted, restful sleep while sitting in an upright position.
The firmness of the material is balanced by just enough 'cush' and thickness to the pillow to result in the kind of support I need AND a crucial factor of its being comfortable. It's the perfect pillow for me to sleep 'anywhere', and whether 100% upright, or 100% horizontal -- and no other pillow I've tried even comes close to allowing that for me.
I've purchased several of these pillows for family members -- my parents have them for use if/when in their favorite recliners, to allow for the comfortable option of truly having their head supported if/when sleeping (and one of my parents has a cervical arthritic condition, so this is of even more benefit, in that regard).
Additionally, a completely unexpected use of this pillow was as 'the' 'go to' option, when a sibling of mine needed to be hospitalized for several weeks, due to a difficult pregnancy -- this pillow helped to support her head and neck while confined to a hospital bed, and specifically, the many, many hours she had to stay in a partially upright position. This pillow allowed her to comfortably go in and out of brief multi-minute episodes of sleep, as needed, during the exhausting day-after-day 'routine' of nursing personnel coming into the room at all times of day and night, repeated blood draws, IV changes, bathroom assistance, ultrasounds, fetal heart monitoring, etc. -- anyone who knows a patient who has been in a high-risk obstetrics ward knows how difficult it is for such women to ever get any sleep -- not only due to the various complicated pregnancy -specific conditions which can result in one needing 24/7 care, but also due to the seemingly neverending disruptive aspects associated with a hospital environment, and a closely monitored circumstance.
This pillow was an 'unsung hero' in my sister's pregnancy, and her time spent confined to a hospital bed, as she fought to get through one 24-hour period after another.
As much as I am not a fan of how expensive the Temper-Pedic travel pillow is, I'm aware of the Mastercard-like commercial 'taglines' that would be associated with this product, if/when describing their impact on my and my family's lives --
One Tempur-Pedic Travel Pillow: $79
Round-trip tickets for a trans-continental flight: $450
Hours spent in the airport and on the plane: Too many to count
Being able to sleep on a 5-hour red-eye return, and head to work after landing: Priceless
I've tried other travel pillows, and other they-claim-to-be-a-Tempur-Pedic-'clone' -type pillows, and I have consistently gone with the Tempur-Pedic versions, because there is simply that much of a noticeable difference in quality, and, oh-so-importantly, the nature of the almighty material in question that is key to the functional 'purpose' of the given pillow.
Lastly, if sleeping horizontally, and one happens to only have this pillow available, the way I comfortably utilize it is as follows -- I place my head in the 'hollow' portion of the pillow (after the pillow has been placed on the horizontal surface I'd be sleeping on), and such that the 2 'ends' of the 'horseshoe' shape of the pillow are near my neck -- I never saw this mentioned anywhere, but have 'adopted' this way of using the pillow if/when I have the opportunity to actually lie down (or otherwise 'scrunch myself in half', and lie down on my side, on two adjacent seats in a waiting area of an airport), though have no other pillow with me.
I love this pillow, and while I originally wondered whether it might be 'too firm', I soon understood the importance of the firmness to the 'stabilizing' aspect of its function, and love the 'just right' balance of the 'cushiness' of the pillow with such.
I could practically weep, out of profound relief, when I begin any 'journey into slumber' while sitting upright -- this pillow has resulted in (among so much else) my no longer dreading multi-hour late-night flights, or being a passenger in a car during a double-digit-hours -long drive. This pillow is a godsend.