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Publication numberUS2304235 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 8, 1942
Filing dateJun 5, 1941
Priority dateJun 5, 1941
Publication numberUS 2304235 A, US 2304235A, US-A-2304235, US2304235 A, US2304235A
InventorsBoots Edmund R
Original AssigneeBoots Edmund R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sleeping garment
US 2304235 A
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Dec. 8, 1942. E. R. BOOTS SLEEPINQ GARMENT Filed June 5, 1941 I INVENTOR. W4. M 7W roe/v0 Patented Dec. 8, 1942 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SLEEPING GARMENT. Edmund R. Boots, short Hills, N. J. Application rune 5, 1941; Serial 80-396375 '1 claim. (01. 2-114 The invention herein disclosed relates" .to a sleeping garment that is especially suited for retaining an anti-snore medium at the back of the wearer while the wearer of the garment is sleeping.

In the co-pending application Ser. No. 368,444 filed December 4, 1940, there is disclosed an antisnore device that is adapted to prevent the. wearer from sleeping on his back. This device consists of a ball arranged to be loosely secured to a sleeping garment and properly positioned to preventthe wearer from sleeping on his back.

By the invention herein disclosed, there is provided a sleeping garment constructed to re.- tain an anti-snore medium properly positioned at the back of the wearer. Commonly, sleeping garments are made with ample material such that the waist portion, 1. e. the waist of pajamas hangs very loosely about the body of the wearer. In accordance with the invention herein disclosed, there is provided a sleeping garment comprising a waist portion with the back panel of which there is associated means for retaining an anti-snore medium such for example as a rubber ball. As the garment is commonly a loosely fitting garment, the ball when retained on the back panel is not firmly bound in position on the back of the wearer. When the wearer is sleeping on his side, the ball hangs towards the side on which he is sleeping. As the ball is retained in position by the back panel of the garment, the breathing organs are not restrained and the wearer suffers no discomfort. As soon, however, as the wearer starts to move from his side to his back, thepanded;

Fig. 4 is a sectional plan taken along the line 4-4 of Fig. 3;

Fig. 5 is a section similar to Fig. 2 of a modified form of the garment;

Fig. 6 is a similar section of another modified form of the garment; and

Fig. '7 is a sectional view taken along the line 1-1 of Fig. 6.

' sponge rubber ball of approximately two inches in diameter. ,The pocket is formed with pleats as indicated at 3, in the nature of the pleating of an accordion, so that when there is nothing in the pocket it lies fiat against the back panel of the sleeping garment. As illustrated, the pocket is preferably placed just below the shoulders Y and at the transverse center of the back panel.

\ or the body portion of a night shirt, is full and i The pocket illustrated in Figs. 1 to 4 is open at the top but is provided with an elastic upper edge 4. This elastic edge is expanded when ball 5 is put into the pocket and contracts (Fig. 4) to retain the ball in the pocket once it is placedtherein. When the ball is removed, the pocket folds and lies fiat against the back of the sleeping garment and is not felt by the wearer.

In Fig. 5 a pocket 6 is illustrated that is provided with a cover flap I. The pocket is pleated to fold flat against the back of the sleeping garment and the flap is similarly pleated as at 8 so that when the pocket is empty it folds into the pocket and the whole lies fiat against the back of the sleeping garment. A soft rubber button 9 is utilized to maintain the flap closed.

Instead of a complete pocket, the receptacle may be formed from strips as illustrated in Figs.

6 and 7. These include two cross straps l0 and H, the latter having an extension I! that is secured as by sewing to the back panel of the sleeping garment. The ends of the cross straps are secured together by a circular elastic strip or band l3. When a ball I4 is inserted in the holder thus provided, the circular band l3 contracts and holds the ball in the holder, the band when contracted being of a diameter smaller-than the ball.

A sponge rubber ball of thei size mentioned is comparatively light .in weight." As the sleeping garment is a loose fitting garment, there is no body restriction of the wearer when the ball is in the pocket or holder and when the wearer is sleeping on his side, it hangs down toward the side on which he is sleeping. Thus, the ball is in a position to engage the back of the wearer as he turns on to his back and presents an obstacle which keeps the wearer from turning on his back.

From the foregoing description of the embodiments of the invention illustrated in the drawing, it will be seen that there is provided a sleeping garment with which an anti-snore may or may not be used as the wearer finds desirable. This is an important feature as-it has been found that ii the ball is used for some time, the wearer gets out of the habit of sleeping on his back. When this occurs its use may be omitted until the person again gets into the habit of sleeping on his back.

It will be obvious that various changes may be made by those skilled in the art in the sleeping garments illustrated in the drawing and described in detail above within the principle and scope of the invention as expressed in the append claim.

I claim:

A sleeping garment comprising a waist portion .expansible receptacle and including an elastic edge at the opening to the pocket, whereby. the

pocket will receive a ball and the elastic edge will 1 retract and retain the ball within the pocket when the wearer is in reclining position.

EDMUND R. BOOTS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/1, 116/1, 2/252, 600/26, 128/871, D03/229, 116/139, 2/114, 128/848
International ClassificationA61F5/56
Cooperative ClassificationA61F5/56
European ClassificationA61F5/56