Gear + Gadgets: Sit up and sleep

NapAnywhere Head and Neck Rest
NapAnywhere Head and Neck Rest

When you need a nap, but reclining is not an option, the NapAnywhere Head and Neck Rest is an innovative alternative that just might work for you. This is not a neck pillow. It’s a slim flexible 10.5-inch-diameter metallic alloy disc embedded in soft foam padding. Following illustrated instructions you bend and fold the disc’s cantilevered “wings” in a way that cradles your tilting head, supports your neck and braces against your shoulder so you can rest easier while sitting up.

Once shaped into the best fit for you, the NapAnywhere is kept in place on your shoulder by an included adjustable stretchable strap. The strap slides through a loop on the bottom of the shoulder section of the device, then over your head and across your body, with your armpit acting as a counterweight to your resting head.

This may sound like a job for Houdini, but it’s not magic. Doing it is a lot easier than explaining it. I found the design really did provide enough support to allow my neck muscles to relax. Yes, of course we would all rather snooze in a generously reclining seat — or better yet, a bed — but when denied those niceties, leaning in may beat lumping it. NapAnywhere comes in crimson, cobalt, black, pink or lime, includes a carry sack, and weighs barely 8 ounces.

NapAnywhere Head and Neck Rest is $59 at