A hammock for your head sounds like the perfect nap time accessory, especially while traveling.
The NodPod, created by Paula Blankenship of Heirloom Traditions Paint in Kentucky, is a memory foam head pillow that is attached to the headrest of a plane, train or automobile with Velcro, and sits under the chin to support the neck.
Blankenship’s patent focuses on the over-the-seat attachment.
“That gives it loft and height,” she told The Huffington Post. “You don’t have any forward head motions. It looks ugly, but it feels fantastic. I just came back from London, and I have never in my life slept on a flight. I slept the entire trip.”
Their site explains the problem we’ve all faced:
The reason it’s hard to rest or sleep while traveling is because you can’t keep your head, neck and back perpendicular and at a 90-degree angle similar to how you sleep in bed at night. This patented solution provides the solution to amazing sleep while traveling by recreating how you sleep on a bed, but in an upright position.
NodPod is currently looking for Kickstarter support to get off the ground. Over 2,000 people have already helped propel their goal of $20,000 to almost $80,000 with 21 days left in the fundraising.
For Blankenship, it’s a lifelong dream realized.
“This has been my passion on my life… and at 53 it feels good to finally do something and see it through with a patent. This time, I just said, you know ... ‘I’m going to make this happen.’”
As far as travel hacks go, one that may lead to better sleep is pretty appealing. Otherwise, tricks like choosing a seat with minimal distractions and dining before the flight takes off to avoid interruptions might help you get some ZZZs, too.