Road Warrior: Travel Sleep Aides

Sometimes the most productive use of your time on a long flight is to get a few hours of sleep. But managing to doze off on a long commercial flight can be easier said than done. The following items are Consulting’s top picks to help you overcome the noise, uncomfortable seats, and other distractions. And unlike some other Road Warrior items, most of these can be afforded even on an analyst’s budget.

Noise Cancelling Headphones Noise Canceling Headphones
$299.95, http://www.bose.com/
To complete your escape from the noises of the airplane, nothing compares to Bose’s headphones. Plug in your iPod and relax to your favorite tunes. Or, with the flick of a switch, fade ambient noise and find that peace and quiet you’ve been longing for. The earflaps fold flat for easy storage.

Travel Sleep Mask and Earplugs Travel Sleep Mask and Earplugs
$7.95, http://eyemask.com
Find it difficult to sleep while your fellow passengers have their lights on? That’s now less of a problem thanks to the Sweet Dreams Sleep and Relaxation Mask. The mask is contoured with concave eye pockets to keep the mask away from you eyes to allow for normal blinking and air circulation. The mask is made of an easily washable and quick drying material. The mask includes soft, foam earplugs to help block out some of neighboring chatter.

Deluxe Travel Neck Pillow Deluxe Travel Neck Pillow
$28.99, http://personalaid.com
This L-shaped pillow enables you to sleep relatively upright, preventing the stiff neck and sore shoulders that can come from trying to rest while slumped over. The pillow is made from hypoallergenic urethane memory foam and covered with a plush fleece. It rolls up and can be secured with a Velcro strap, which allows it to fit in most carry-on bags. The pillow comes in six colors: navy, gray, denim, pink, red, and royal blue.

Inflateable Sleeper Inflatable Sleeper
$17.04, http://underbid.com
Invented by a pilot with chronic back pain, this inflatable cushion allows you to support your lower back and shoulders while cradling your head and neck. The lumbar support can fill in just three to five breaths, while the entire device inflates in 10 to 12 breaths. The product rolls up to the size of a travel umbrella for easy storage.Sometimes the most productive use of your time on a long flight is to get a few hours of sleep. But managing to doze off on a long commercial flight can be easier said than done. The following items are Consulting’s top picks to help you overcome the noise, uncomfortable seats, and other distractions. And unlike some other Road Warrior items, most of these can be afforded even on an analyst’s budget.

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