9 Travel Gadgets to Help You Sleep Away from Home

Travel can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule. Whether it’s jet lag or unfamiliar surroundings that are scientifically proven to keep half your brain half awake, sleep can be less than restful. Instead of taking sleep aids that may knock you out and make you feel woozy the next day, try one of these nine travel gadgets that just might help you sleep better while away from home.

  1. Sound + Sleep Mini – Thin walls, a busy street, and even the hotel ice machine are no match for the Sound + Sleep Mini sound machine. Its small size makes it portable, and it can even run on battery power so you don’t have to worry about finding a power source. Unlike traditional sound machines, the Sound+ Sleep Mini doesn’t use looped tracks which can wake you up or distract you. You can choose from soothing noises such as rain, ocean, or a fan; or a white, pink, or brown noise program. The mini also allows you to set a timer for auto-shut off after 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. Travel Halo – Humans aren’t designed to sleep sitting up. Unfortunately, that’s often our only choice on long plane/train/car rides. The Travel Halo disrupts the traditional neck pillow concept – it has a flat back that doesn’t push the head forward, side stabilizers to keep the head from flopping around, and a built-in eyeshade to block out light.
  3. Plantronics BackBeat Pro2 Noise Cancelling Headphones – Even if you’re on the world’s longest flight, Plantronics BackBeat Pro2 Noise Cancelling Headphones have you covered. The battery lasts for up to 24-hours of listening, so you won’t have to worry about a mid-flight recharge. The active noise cancellation will drown out service carts, screaming kids, and the drone of flight engines so that you can sleep – and the cushioned ear cups are comfortable even if you’re sleeping against the window.
  4. Grand Trunk Hooded Travel Pillow – A hooded sweatshirt is great for sleeping on a plane or train, as the hood covers your eyes and blocks out light, plus protects your head from dirty seatbacks. Combine a microfleece hood with this neck pillow, and you’ve got the perfect travel pillow.
  5. Instavit Sweet Dreams Spray – About 30 minutes before you want to sleep, spray Instavit Sweet Dreams into your mouth. This calorie and sugar-free spray delivers melatonin and chamomile to help you sleep better.
  6. ReTimer Light Therapy Glasses – Wish you could power yourself up the same way you do your phone? That’s the premise behind ReTimer, which is a pair of glasses designed to reduce jet lag, help you sleep better, and improve energy. Wear ReTimer for 60 minutes per day, and a green-blue light will shine under your eyes as a form of light therapy.
  7. Sleep Innovations Travel Contour Pillow – Bring a Sleep Innovations Travel Contour Pillow with you on your next road trip and never get stuck with a lumpy, musty vacation rental pillow again. Sleep Innovations’ mission is to help you sleep better, by offering travel-size pillows with a cotton blend cover.
  8. Sleep Induction Mat – The Nayoya Acupressure Mat is portable—it’s about the size of a pillowcase and can roll up for travel. Lay down on the mat before heading to bed and it will utilize acupressure points on your back to help encourage relaxation and deep sleep.
  9. Trtl Pillow – Since the human head tends to flop forward with regular travel pillows, here’s an option that provides comfort and support. The Trtl Pillow is designed to wear as a scarf rather than a pillow— it wraps completely around your neck. Built-in flexible internal supports hold your head upright, preventing head bobs and neck pain.

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Source: Smarter Travel Author: Caroline Morse Teel

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