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United States Patent   Patent Number: 5,214,814
Eremita et al.  Date of Patent: Jun. 1,1993
 MULTIPLE POSTURE SLEEPING PILLOW WITH ARM REST
 Inventors: Nunzio A. Eremita; Anna J. Eremita,
both of 2 Radcliff Rd., Staten Island, N.Y. 10305
 Appl. No.: 845,640
 Filed: Mar. 4,1992
 Int. C1.5 A47C 20/02
 U.S. CI 5/636; 5/646
 Field of Search 5/622, 623, 632, 636,
5/637, 640, 646, 644
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U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
D. 204,443 4/1966 Wood 5/636
D. 308,455 6/1990 Jenney 5/636
1,385,355 7/1921 Banks 5/636
2,700,779 1/1955 Tolkowsky 5/632
2,782,427 2/1957 Ericson 5/632
2,839,766 6/1958 Hull 5/632
3,883,906 5/1975 Sumpter 5/632
4,235,472 11/1980 Sparks et al 5/646
4,730,801 3/1988 Cloward 5/632
5,018,231 5/1991 Wang 5/636
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
452283 11/1927 Fed. Rep. of Germany 5/632
Primary Examiner—Michael F. Trettel
Assistant Examiner—Michael Milano
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Richard L. Miller
This multiple posture sleeping pillow is designed to be a therapeutic to be used by persons having whip lash, a herniated cervical disc and arthritic neck conditions. The article utilizes a pair of spaced apart cushions, having grooved furrow arm rest, that are secured to ends of a cylindrical or oval intermediate neck support member. This intermediate member is designed to support the neck of a prone person while keeping the head of the user somewhat elevated.
9 Claims, 2 Drawing Sheets
FIG. 6 is a reduced perspective view of a second MULTIPLE POSTURE SLEEPING PILLOW WITH embodiment illustrating another position which a perARM REST son may also find quite beneficial.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 5
The instant invention relates generally to pillows for sleeping, and more particularly, to a multiple posture sleeping pillow with arm rest.
Numerous pillows have been provided in the prior art that are adapted to be used by persons with various neck conditions, or sleeping problems. For example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,754,513 to Rinz; 4,660,239 to Thomas; 4,513,462 to Thomas; 4,494,261 to Morrow; 4,218,792 to Kogan; 3,849,810 to Degen; 3,667,074 to Emery; 2,952,856 to Ruff; 2,765,480 to Mueller; 2,396,227 to Reed; and 1,385,355 of Banks, all are illustrative of such prior art. While these units may be suitable for the particular purpose to which they address, they would not be as suitable for the purpose of the present invention as 2Q hereafter described.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
A primary object of the present invention is to provide a multiple posture sleeping pillow that will over- 2J come the shortcomings of the prior art devices.
Another object is to provide a multiple posture sleeping pillow that will be so designed, as to be a therapeutic device to be used by persons having neck conditions, such as whip lash, a herniated cervical disc, etcetera,, or sleeping problems, which has a provision for also comfortably resting the arms.
An additional object is to provide a multiple posture sleeping pillow that will be so. designed, as to be used as a form of therapeutic neck support device which will 35 restore lorditic curve to the neck, increase curvature to the cervical region, reduce neck tension and stiffness, as well as some headache conditions.
A further object is to provide a multiple posture sleeping pillow that is simple and easy to use. 40
A still further object is to provide a multiple posture sleeping pillow that is economical in cost to manufacture.
Further objects of the invention will appear as the description proceeds. 45
To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only and that changes may be made in the 50 specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
The figures in the drawings are briefly described as follows:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the instant invention showing an optional connecting web in dash line and a patient in phantom; 60
FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view taken along the line
2— 2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view taken along the line
3— 3 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a second embodiment 65 of the invention with parts broken away;
FIG. 5 is a diagrammatic perspective view of an inflatable third embodiment of the invention; and
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which like reference characters denote like elements throughout the several views, in FIG. 1, the instant invention 10 is shown to include a pair of rectangular spaced apart chamferd foam rubber cushions 12 having a foam rubber intermediate cylindrical neck support member 14 fixedly secured to edges thereof. The outer edges of members 12 are somewhat rounded. The outer peripheral surface of intermediate cylindrical neck support member 14 is designed to engage with the back of the neck 16 of a user 18, while the head of the user is disposed in the space between members 12.
As best seen in FIGS. 1, 3 and 6, an optional connecting web 20 may also be secured to and between members 12 and provides for resting of the back of the head of the user 18 while simultaneously preventing the cushions 12 from spreading apart. A grooved furrow 40 is provided in each cushion 12 which runs from an outer corner 42 to a location 44 approximately in the middle of the rear edge thereof, so that a user 18 resting on the instant invention 10 has a comfortable place to rest his/her arm or arms 46.
In use, instant invention 10 is placed upon a bed covering 22 and the user 18 places his neck 16 on the cylindrical intermediate member 14, which supports the neck and elevates the head somewhat, of the user 18, the user may optionally place either or both arms 46, in the furrows 40 it he/she so desires.
Referring now to FIG. 4 and of the drawings, a second embodiment 24 is shown to include a rectangular base 26 and a pair of spaced apart cushions 28, which are fixedly secured to a surface of base 26. Base 26, as well as cushions 28, are fabricated of a semi-rigid foam material with an intermediate cylindrical member 30 of oval cross-sectional configuration, which is fixedly secured to and between cushions 28 for the neck of a user (not shown in this figure). Similarly in this embodiment 24 a grooved furrow 40 is provided in each cushion 28 which runs from an outer corner 42 to a location 44 approximately in the middle of the rear edge thereof, so that a user 18 resting on the instant invention has a comfortable place to rest his/her arm or arms 46.
In use, the second embodiment 24 functions in a similar manner as the embodiment described in FIG. 1 the only exception being that cushions 28 have square edges and the base 26 extends completely across the bottom of the structure, and the structure is intended to be fabricated out of a relatively rigid material.
Looking now at FIG. 5 of a drawing of a third embodiment 32 is shown to be inflatable and includes a pair of spaced apart cushions 34 that are fabricated out of a suitable rubber or plastic material that will be inflatable. An intermediate cylindrical member 36 is provided and is also inflatable, and is fixedly secured at its ends to end portions of cushions 34.
An air valve 38 is also secured fixedly to one side of one of the cushions 34 for the inflation of embodiment 32.
In use, embodiment 32 is first inflated by the employment of the air . valve 38. When inflation is completed, embodiment 32 is also used in a similar manner as the embodiment described in FIG. 1, the only exception