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Limber Bed

Stretches your legs while you sleep
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You have a bed made of plywood (type stuff) with cushioning material affixed for comfort, then another on top, so you're sandwiched in bed and can't move *too* easily. (no need for quilt)

Now the interesting part: only the top half is unified. The bottom half is split lengthwise, and hinged, with adjustable springs attached. You use a control (or a friend's help) to start it stretching away. One leg is stretched forward, the other backward; the next night, reverse it. (An optional electronic timer switches directions gradually mid-sleep.)

During the night, your muscles will relax more and stretch more, so that when you wake up, you will be much more limber than when you went to bed. Promotes fitness for walking, running, doing leg exercises, etc.

galukalock, Feb 11 2003

Stryker Frame http://www.whonamed.../synd.cfm/2793.html
Sandwich bed [oneoffdave, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Best link... http://colitz.com/s...3216423/3216423.htm
... StarChaser - or my elf for that matter - ever could come up with [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

"Man hurt wife while dreaming, report says" http://www.jsonline...ro/feb03/117143.asp
Thank goodness for sleep paralysis. [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       Horrible visions of getting caught up in the mechanism... I'm not sure limber works as an adjective either. That bone's not from me though.
sild, Feb 11 2003

       Sounds like a cross between a Stryker frame, often used when treating spinal injuries and a toning table. The Stryker frame is pretty uncomfortable.
oneoffdave, Feb 11 2003

       the brain immobilises our muscles during REM sleep (dream sleep) so that we do not act out our dreams. there would need to be an off switch which perceived rapid eye movement or the brain might overload or something <puff of black smoke - boom>
po, Feb 11 2003

       Slightly off-topic: I frequently suffer from sleep-paralysis. My freakin' brain thinks it's a good idea to immobilise my muscles when I'm still awake, and this also produces a loud, unnerving buzzing in my head. Sort it out, my brain.
sild, Feb 11 2003

       Maybe you've got northern and southern hemispheres.
FarmerJohn, Feb 11 2003

       // the brain immobilises our muscles ... so that we do not act out our dreams //   

       I knew there was something wrong with our dog's brain .... he twiches, grunts and even woofs when he's dreaming. It's hilarious.
8th of 7, Feb 11 2003

       so do you [8th], its normal.
po, Feb 11 2003

       Both 8th's pooch and its owner are dreaming of the same thing: chasing puddy tats.
sild, Feb 11 2003

       [sild] <suspicious> How did you know that ?</suspicious>
8th of 7, Feb 11 2003

       Sounds like the medieval rack.
neelandan, Feb 11 2003

       [8th] - It's a side effect of the sleep paralysis I was talking about above. I randomly tune in to the dreams of another life form on the planet. Most of the time it's an insect of course, and therefore quite dull (actually, maybe that accounts for the buzzing), but occasionally I see something interesting. I've seen your photo on the calendar, and in the dream I viewed had you just happened to be passing a mirror as you marauded after a tiny fuzzy kitten, brandishing a mace. I caught a glimpse of your face, recognised you, and voila. I had actually forgotten about it until now, so it's weird that it should have cropped up again.
sild, Feb 11 2003

       sild, what a nightmare.
waugsqueke, Feb 11 2003

       Po? Care to explain?
egbert, Feb 11 2003

       what? about [8th] grunting and twitching and woofing? its the way we act out our dreams in a mini way, without galloping, screaming down the road completely stark naked in the middle of the night, chasing a three headed monster on a pushbike sucking a lollipop sort of thing.
po, Feb 11 2003

       Nooooo, about how you know what 8th does in his sleep.
egbert, Feb 11 2003

       ask him! remind him about the nurses outfit, the sedation and the rectal thermometer <g>
po, Feb 11 2003

       Ah, that explains the twitching and grunting, at least.
egbert, Feb 11 2003

       Seriously, it's just for healthy stretching of some of the most used, yet least stretched muscles in your body, for those who don't have the time for a half-hour's worth of stretching.   

       It'd also help keep [8th] from moving around too much.
galukalock, Feb 11 2003

       Didn't they have these things back in the middle ages? I think they called it "the rack"
Freefall, Feb 11 2003

       Really? Maybe you should check with [neelandan] (see above).
snarfyguy, Feb 11 2003

       It is *not* a torture device. Oy. Quite the opposite, really.
galukalock, Feb 14 2003


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