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We all know the U-shaped travel neck pillow. We love the U-shaped travel pillow … somehow? If it doesn’t scratch, smell bad, or appear to be missing a lot of its polystyrene foam beads, leaving the fabric gaping like an ill-fitting dress. (How are they emptied that way?) Actually, U-shaped travel neck pillows sucks at second glance.
Why does something whose sole purpose is to help us close our eyes often leaves us with a short, restless slumber and a stiff neck? Maybe it’s because our heads are just darn big to stay propped up by a donut around our necks (The average human head weighs 11 pounds). Or maybe it’s because we wore them wrong.
While this travel accessory from a 1929 Bath pillows who are supposed to rest behind their heads in the tub, we couldn’t find any “instructions” on how to use the modern iteration. And yet, probably because the label is on the bulkier closed end, we collectively developed the habit of wearing this piece behind our heads.
But instead of putting the travel pillow around our necks as TikTok users SidneyRaz (whose page records things he wished he knew before he was in his 30s) demonstrated in a viral videoIt turns out that they are actually meant to be worn in the front. “Mmm, I’m so comfortable,” he tells the audience.
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This view is confirmed by DR. Michael Breus, the self-proclaimed “Sleep Doctorm,” who related News.com.au, “One thing I tell my clients is that when you do one [U-shaped] Neck pillow, turn it over so the bottom of the U is under your chin … because your head has a tendency to wobble which will wake you up, and rotating the pillow prevents your head from wobbling. “
Well there. Please use this knowledge on your next trip and see if a forward-facing neck pillow will better support your huge, lolling skull. And in any case, if neck positioning works better for you, move on. If either of these methods fails, you can always take more drastic measures.