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Get a good night's sleep

By Damon Brown

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If you're a regular traveler, sleep deprivation becomes a normal, almost ritualistic thing. Jet lag screws up your internal clock, foreign beds often feel weird, and work anxiety keeps you awake. Sleep seems to escape us when we need it the most. Insomnia is funny like that.
Screw the warm glass of milk and the counting of sheep: technology offers plenty of ways to defend your right to sleep. Here are some picks that are as cool as they are useful.
If you have to bunk with a co-worker who has sleep apnea (ie, he snores) or, more importantly, if you are a snorer, check out the Brookstone Anti-Snore Pillow (brookstone.com, $99.99). It's on the pricey side, but it offers a lot. For back sleepers, the pillow will keep your chin away from your chest, relieving pressure and opening up your airways. For side sleepers, the memory foam contours to your position and gives support to your head, neck and shoulders. It is also small and soft enough to pack in with your luggage.
Unfortunately, our sleeping place isn't always a bed, so the Sharper Image Travel Blanket (-sharperimage.com, $39.99) is a smart investment for road tripping. The light blanket uses CoolMax technology, which means it will keep you cool in warm places, like during summer travel, and warm in cool places, like on a long airplane flight. It is 4.5' x 6', which is enough to keep you (and a friend) covered, but thin enough to pack easily. It also has a little bag, making it an easy in-flight carry-on.
To get really high-tech, consider the Ecozone Moonlight night-light (ecozone.com, approximately $20). Compact and powerful, the Moonlight emits a mellow green light perfect for bathroom runs, early morning/late night navigating or general security. The cool part is the technology behind it: the night-light is made from the same materials as NASA's cockpit panels. It is also eco-friendly, running on a fraction of the power of a regular night-light (according to Ecozone, it uses only 2.3 kWH per year versus 61 kWH for a regular night-light). It never heats up and doesn't require a bulb.

Author Profile:  Damon Brown

Avid traveler Damon Brown covers sex, tech and music for Playboy and New York Post. His latest book is Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture. Follow him on online at Twitter.com/browndamon.

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