It's the holy grail of long haul travel: A good sleep in on a red-eye flight or a long drive while sitting up straight. Over the years, we've seen countless inventions—both high and low-tech—that claim they help travelers get the rest they need. Efficacy aside, most of these sleep aids tend to be pretty weird looking—begging the question: How stupid are you willing to look in public in order to catch a few hours of sleep on a red-eye? Would you wear any of these kooky-looking contraptions?
The NodPod—which has been all over the internet recently—was invented by Paula Blankenship of Heirloom Traditions Paint in Kentucky. A hammock for your head, the Nodpod is made with soft memory foam and is currently in Kickstarter mode, where it's already raised more than $235,000.
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Remember the SkyRest Travel Pillow from SkyMall catalogs? Well, the in-flight catalog may not exist anymore, but you can still score a blow-up sleep wedge for $30 from the SkyMall website. The product description explains that the pillow comes with a "large, removable inflation valve makes inflation and deflation a snap," but since we've never actually seen anyone use a giant inflatable wedge on a plane, we have no further insight as to whether the valve inflates automatically, or whether you'll have to huff and puff it to life before zonking out for a nap.