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Support your back without those goshdarn pillows!
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They say that if you sleep on your back you really should have your knees raised slightly to protect and relieve stress on your lower lumbar region of your back. Not one to dispute them I would to comply with them but I really don't want the bother of having a pillow under my covers because then I have to move out of the way when I turn to my side.

My thought is to install inflatable knee supports attached to the back section of a pair of pajama bottoms behind the knees. These would have a small pump either sewn into the pants themselves or attached to a hose and pump that would be kept conveniently off the side. Once full your knees would be in the correct position to relieve that oh-so-painful stress on your back.

A little gyroscopic sensor in the gonflable device would be able to tell when you were on your back and inflate accordingly and then deflate when you were not. No pillow to kick around and, best of all, you would be following what they told you to do.

NotTheSharpestSpoon, Oct 02 2007

One example of who "They" are. http://www.colorado...ness-body-mechanics
Scroll down to the sleeping section [Canuck, Oct 03 2007]


       You are ahead of your time.
normzone, Oct 02 2007

the dog's breakfast, Oct 02 2007

skinflaps, Oct 02 2007

       Shouldn't it also have an inflatable collar to support the neck and head? (+)
Galbinus_Caeli, Oct 02 2007

       +... in the event of an emergency, your jammies may become a flotation device.   

       It would make the swimming test you do at school somewhat easier (or would it?).
marklar, Oct 02 2007

       //in the event of an emergency, your jammies may become a flotation device.//   

       ...in which you will float feet up in the water and drown. : (   

       "is that a pajamaloon or are you just happy to sleep with me?"
k_sra, Oct 02 2007

       //...in which you will float feet up in the water and drown. : (//   

       I was sort of adding to GC's anno above mine.   

       as a back pain sufferrerer I like this.
dentworth, Oct 03 2007

       oh, [2 fries], i see so clearly now. as you were. : )
k_sra, Oct 03 2007

       I love the name - any word that ends in "loon" is hilarious.
phundug, Oct 03 2007

       "They" also recommend using a pillow for sleeping on one's side, but they say it should be between one's knees, so the little gyroscopic sensor would have to somehow shift the air pocket from behind the knees to the inseam of the pajamaloons. Or simpler still, the two systems don't have to be mutually exclusive. Pajamaloons could have a very roomy knee area lined with an air containment system at the back and on the inside which one would inflate to their selected comfort level before climbing into bed. (On the other hand, it might be hard to climb into bed with the pajamaloons pre-inflated, so we'll inflate them once you're snugly tucked in)   

       I'm sure somebody - I certainly can't - can do a cool drawing of this. I'm thinking they'd be kind of like sheets of bubble wrap with an inflater tube. That would allow for some air circulation between the bubbles. If you stood up wearing your fully inflated pajamaloons they'd look sort of like jodhpurs that were sagging a bit.
Canuck, Oct 03 2007

       It occurred to me that we have yet to deal with the pajama leg twisting/ riding up situation. All sorts of of horrible accidents could happen from snapped kneecaps to smooshed family jewels. So I'm afraid I'm going to have to go for the bicycle pants look. Nice and tight, keeps everything in place, and oh so slinky.   

       Also by putting sponge-like foam in the chambers the pumps would only have to suck out to deflate and release to inflate.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Oct 09 2007

       But I sleep naked. Do I need inflatable sheets?
elhigh, Oct 16 2007

       No. We also offer skin grafts.
Canuck, Oct 18 2007

       Hmm, an excuse to sleep with inflatable stirrup pants. I like it for some strange reason.
ye_river_xiv, Oct 18 2007

       If you're offering inflatable skin grafts, do I get to choose where it goes? 'Cause that would be a whole 'nother idea, and probably go under a different section of "health."
elhigh, Oct 18 2007


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