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A company has recently claimed to have invented the solution to grabbing a nap while travelling. The device, which has been named the Ostrich Pillow, is a very unusual looking piece of cushioned head gear. Wearers slip the item over their heads and it features a hole to enable breathing as well as two holes for the hands. 

The Ostrich Pillow is geared towards blocking out unwanted noise and light as well as providing a cushioned support at all angles. It has been invented by an architecture company, Kawamura-Ganjavian, which has offices in Madrid and Lausanne. The product is not yet in production, but is being promoted on a funding website called Kickstarter. So far the company has raised half the investment they need to put the Ostrich Pillow into production and they must meet their target by the end of October. It is estimated that, if the funding is successful, the product could set consumers back around $75.

Its inventors claim the pillow could put an end to the effects of jet lag, offering travellers the opportunity to get rest anytime, anywhere, though some experts are dubious of this particularly strange looking pillow. In
case you're not quite ready for the strange looks you might receive if you use an Ostrich Pillow, here are a few more mainstream tips for avoiding the effects of jet lag:

Hydrate Yourself.

Drink plenty of water prior to travelling as well as during and after. It is recommended that you drink around eight fluid ounces of water for every hour that you're in the air, even if you're not thirsty. Avoid drinking alcohol as this is likely to dehydrate you as well as exacerbate any effects of jet lag.

Avoid Caffeine.

Though you might be tempted to use caffeine based drinks to help keep you awake, it actually interferes with your natural sleep pattern so is likely to cut your total sleeping time down by making you wake up more frequently.

Get Some Exercise.

This is crucial while on the plane to ensure proper blood circulation and reduce swelling of the feet. Once off the plane and at your destination, a quick blast of intense exercise will help to acclimatise your body clock.

Do as the Romans Do

Try your best to stick to the routine and schedule of your destination. So, stay up rather than crash out if it's the middle of the day when you arrive. Eat lunch at lunchtime for your destination even if you just ate on the
plane. A little something will help your body adjust itself.

Sleep on the plane

If you don't have the benefit of the Ostrich Pillow, make use of an eye mask, pillow and blanket to help you get some sleep on the plane. Don't be shy about asking for additional pillows and blankets from the cabin crew, you'll be glad you did when you arrive.


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