LIKE many other people, I really struggle to sleep while travelling.

I find planes, buses and trains really uncomfortable spaces and often end up looking on through tired, envious eyes at those able to contort themselves into ridiculous positions to get the sleep they need.

The Infinity Pillow offers versatile sleeping options for passengersCredit: Amazon
I tried the Infinity Pillow on both planes and buses during a recent trip to Mexico
It was very effective in the window seat where I could make the most of its versatility

I’m simply not able to do that. So when I was given yet another travel pillow recommendation, I was sceptical to say the least.

The Infinity Pillow by Infinity Travel claims to offer versatility and is pretty unique in its appearance among a market that seems to be saturated with similar looking and similarly ineffective products.

Instead of just being a U-shape that sits around the neck, the Infinity Pillow is a giant loop that can be used in a variety of different ways.

Mainly, it can be doubled over around the neck to create a large, squashy cocoon, or it can be looped just once around the neck, leaving the rest of the pillow to be used elsewhere, to share the comfort.

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I took it on a recent trip to Mexico that involved long-haul flights and a lot of time on buses, for which I really needed help getting comfortable – and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

First of all, what I love is the material used for the pillow.

It isn’t spongey or made of weird itchy foam like most other travel pillows, instead it feels like a duvet, instantly ramping up the levels of comfort.

However, what really stands out about the Infinity Pillow is how the simple design enables users to choose where they want to add support.

I was able to twist the fabric to suit the needs of my various journeys, allowing me to get comfortable in a variety of different situations.

On both of my flights, I was sat in the aisle seat and, coupled with the plane’s flexible headrests, I was able to get more comfortable than I ordinarily would.

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By doing this, I actually managed to get a few hours of sleep, which is a real rarity for me.

But it was while sitting in the window seat on a bus is that I found it to be most effective.

By looping it around my neck and then creating a second loop to either lean against the window or the seat headrest, I was able to get some vital support, while also providing a soft cushion for my face and head.

Putting against the back of the seat in front of me was also a useful option that was far more comfortable than it might initially have looked.

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I’d expect it to be similarly useful on a plane’s window seat and am looking forward to giving it a go on future long-haul flights.

Carrying the pillow is pretty simple too as it comes with a drawstring bag that can easily be attached to suitcases or backpacks.

I tied mine to the handle of my carry-on bag and pretty much forgot it was there.

However, it was very noticeable when I had it on, leading to a few looks from other passengers and some even asking me what it was.

Yet they responded positively, saying they’d look into investing in one for themselves.

At a price of £40 it’s a bit more expensive than some conventional travel pillows, but still cheaper than others that, in my opinion, claim to be a lot more effective than they are.

I’d say it’s more than worth it if, like me, you struggle to find comfort during long journeys.

It’s not a guarantee of sleep during a long-haul flight by any means, but it’s certainly an item that I found to increase my levels of comfort and made flying a much more bearable experience.

I’m definitely going to be bringing it along for the ride whenever I travel in the future.

Meanwhile, Sun Travel also put another viral travel pillow through its paces, with mixed results.

And this £17 item can also help you sleep on planes and in hotel rooms.

The double loop design allows passengers to twist it to suit their needs
Its soft material is a lot more comfortable than most other travel pillows
At £40 it’s a worthwhile investment ahead of long-haul journeys

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