Conquering cattle class: Nod Pod to sleep

Brendan Jack
Brendan Jack

Being over 6 feet tall, sleeping in airplanes has always carried its challenges. And as Coolfidence’s Brendan Jack says, it’s a problem that should have been solved ages ago. Enter the Nod Pod, a ‘head hammock’ that prevents you using the shoulder of the stranger sitting next to you, or waking with a crooked neck. And while in use you may look like you need to be checked into an asylum but at least you’ll arrive at your destination ‘all chipper’. Check it out. – Stuart Lowman

by Brendan Jack*

An effective travel pillow seems like a problem that should’ve been solved by now. Outside of flying business class or getting your own mini-apartment on Emirates or Air Force One, cattle class doesn’t get to sleep comfortably. Unless you have that natural gift, then well done, just don’t be so smug about it.

Others of us have to fly fourteen hours after being awake for eighteen hours, then go straight to meetings that make you feel like you’re dreaming the conversation.

The best pillow for travel may turn out to be a ‘head hammock’. The Nod Pod helps you avoid neck pain when travelling and is billed as the ultimate sleep travel solution. It works on all types of seats, according to the creators, from planes to cars to office chairs.

You presumably wouldn’t get strangled during severe turbulence, although many of us would be willing to take that risk for three hours of undisrupted sleep. (Actually, it includes a safety cord that will break away if there’s a sudden pressure or impact.)

It helps fight jet lag and awkwardly waking up on fellow travelers, by keeping your head from falling forward, left or right – supported by comfortable memory foam around your jaw. Perhaps it could also help your head stay afloat in the event of a crash landing into water.

Sure it could be mistaken for some kind of auto-erotic sex contraption, but it might be worth it if you can nod off next to the guy who’s clipping his toenails while flying over the Atlantic.

  • Brendan Jack is one of the team members at Coolfidence. Filmmaking, comedy, marketing, writing, his fondness is for all of them. Stories seem to be his common thread, engaging people’s minds and eyeballs. Whether you’re a stranger or friend, stories and ideas connect. From the mundane to the fantastical, all ideas are welcome to be discussed at his corner table next to those old leather couches.
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