Why plane passengers have been using travel pillows wrong – turn them upside DOWN to sleep better

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STROLL through any airport and you’ll spot more than a few passengers carrying those U-shaped travel pillows.

The horseshoe-shaped pillows sit around the back of a passenger’s neck, allowing them to lean their head to the side for support.

 If you have a U-shaped neck pillow, turn it around so the bottom of the U is under your chin

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If you have a U-shaped neck pillow, turn it around so the bottom of the U is under your chin

But it turns out that isn’t the best way to use the pillow.

Dr Michael Breus – or The Sleep Doctor as he’s known to US television audiences — is one of the world’s leading sleep experts and a pro when it comes to sleeping in transit.

He told News.com.au that we should really be turning those pillows upside down.

He said: “And one thing I tell my clients is that if you have a U-shaped neck pillow, turn it around so the bottom of the U is under your chin.”

 Your head tends to bob when asleep, and the travel pillow worn the right way up does nothing to stop that

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Your head tends to bob when asleep, and the travel pillow worn the right way up does nothing to stop that

He continued: “That’s because your head tends to bob which will wake you up, and by rotating the pillow it stops your head from bobbing.”

If you haven’t forked out for one of those pillows, you’ll still be able to get a good night’s kip though – so long as you bag the window seat.

Dr Breus said: “Get a window seat, and you can roll up a jacket or bring a pillow and prop it up to rest your head.

“[Also], stay as close to — but not in — the exit row as you can be.

“The reason you want to be close to the exit row is because you’re closer to the centre of the fuselage and you’re going to feel the least amount of turbulence there.”

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