Everyone wants to get a good night’s sleep but for some, especially frequent travelers, it can be a challenge. Thankfully, innovative companies are working to solve that problem. Many of these approaches are unorthodox, to say the least.

We look at some out-of-the-box ways to help you sleep at night.


Rebecca Rescate is no stranger to making hot products on the Internet. In 2005, she launched CityKitty, which aids in training cats to use the litter box. In 2012, she launched HoodiePillow, which gives you a unique way to sleep. Instead of a plain pillow, your head will lie on a hooded pillowcase. If you’re worried about an important phone call, these pillows include a pocket for your cell phone. The HoodiePillow come in numerous colors, including heather grey, fire red, and ocean blue.

Ostrich Pillow

After a long time at work, many people tend to fall asleep at their desk. If they’re looking for the best way to rest, the Ostrich Pillow has the right tools. In 2012, Studio Banana launched a Kickstarter for this new pillow. With a $70,000 goal, they managed to almost triple the amount with a $195,094 funding. This pillow wraps around your head with slots for your hands. “We’re increasingly spending more time in our workspaces and this means our professional lives and our desire to rest in the same space need to be in harmony. Some cultures have adapted to this idea more easily than others, but, in general, workspaces rarely readjust well to this new work-rest paradigm. In response to this, we created Ostrich Pillow, which offers its users a micro-environment with which to catnap in comfort,” creator Kawamura-Ganjavian told Interiors From Spain. The Ostrich Pillow became such a success, they unveiled a travel size version. The Ostrich Pillow Light only surrounds your eyes and ears. With the appearance of a massive headband, this is grand for long travels.

Gravity Blanket

With deep research, the Gravity Blanket makes you feel as if you’re being hugged while sleeping. This is through the blanket weighing 10 percent of your overall weight. This also helps raise serotonin and melatonin in your system. The Kickstarter for the product earned an astonishing $4.7 million from nearly 25,000 backers. “If you’re wondering why everybody on Instagram seems to be draped in weighted blankets, you can thank Gravity,” Timereporter Jamie Ducharme stated in the publication’s Best Inventions of 2018 list. Aside from Time, the Gravity Blanket also gained praise from Popsugar, Buzzfeed, and Country Living.

Somnox Sleep Robot

Over the years, we’ve seen robots acting like humans all over the news. While many are scared of it being a reality, some Dutch folks see it as a positive. “So, first of all, robotics in the media are always associated with things that take our jobs, that are harmful … not necessarily positive. If you think of the term robotics you probably think of the Terminator or a metal man. We believe in soft robotics which is a totally different kind of category within the robotics theme,” Somnox Sleep Robot co-founder Julian Jagtenberg told Sleep Gadgets. At first sight, the Somnox Sleep Robot doesn’t actually look like a typical robot. By holding it, your breathing will start to match with the device. With a better breathing pattern, you’ll be able to sleep faster.

Airing micro-CPAP

When it comes to snoring, nearly half of adults are known to do it in their sleep. Snoring has the ability to put a wrench in your sleep. Those looking to put an end to snoring can use the Airing micro-CPAP. Placed in your nose, the battery operated device is only designed to be used for one night. With a cheap price attached ($3), you won’t be hurting in your bank account.

Nokia Sleep

Over the decades, Nokia has created numerous gadgets for health enthusiasts to use. In 2018, they unveiled the Nokia Sleep pad to the public. Placed under your mattress, this device tracks how long you sleep on a nightly basis. This helps you determine how to enhance your sleeping pattern. “Understanding the quality of your sleep is the first step towards improving it. Small changes to routine and environment can have a dramatic impact on restorative sleep. Tools like Nokia Sleep will play a critical role in aiding that understanding,” sleep specialist Christopher Winter told Dezeen. The Nokia Sleep pad does more than focus on your sleeping. You can have it turn your lights off when you go to bed through IFTTT integration.

Qoobo robot cat pillow

Cats will often use humans as pillows when they’re simply sitting at their work desk. This time, the tables turn with Qoobo’s robot cat pillow. “Qoobo came from Naoka Kataoka, one of our staff designers. She had grown up with many pets and, since moving to Tokyo, with its small apartments and rental restrictions, really missed having one around. So we worked on the concept of a cushion, with a tail, that would feel soft and comforting, and also respond to touch, just like a pet does,”  Yukai Engineering Inc CEO Shunsuke Aoki told PC Mag. Much like a regular cat, this pillow includes a wagging tail. The tail starts to move as you calmly stroke the pillow. You can power up the device through a USB battery or an AC adapter. There’s only two versions of this cat pillow: french brown and husky gray.