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Publication numberUS3808615 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 7, 1974
Filing dateMay 22, 1972
Priority dateMay 22, 1972
Also published asUS3874010
Publication numberUS 3808615 A, US 3808615A, US-A-3808615, US3808615 A, US3808615A
InventorsW Geary
Original AssigneeW Geary
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bed and pillow assembly
US 3808615 A
Abstract
A conventional bed frame having a tiltable base, box spring and mattress with the box spring and mattress of less length than the frame and base to provide a space at the head end of the bed for the reception of a hollow padded receptacle and a pillow having spaced cut-outs or slots for reception of the face, nose, mouth and ears whichever is aligned with its slot and depending upon the reclined position of the occupant, such as the aligned ear over its slot when the occupant is lying on one side or the other of the face, the pillow being shiftable in its receptacle as the occupant moves to any one of the normal sleeping positions and especially on the stomach or either side. When the bed is occupied the body is covered by the folds of a relatively wide sheet material lying across the bed for shifting or turning the body and thereby effecting most comfortable sleeping positions.
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United States Patent [191 [111 3,808,615 Geary May 7, 1974 BEIIAND PILLOW ASSEMBLY [76] Inventor: William M. Geary, 9347 S. Pnmary Exammer P,au1 G'lham Crawford Ave" Evergreen Park, "L Attorney, Agent, or Firm-James A. Geppert 60642 22 Filed: May 22, 1972 [57] ABSTRACT [52] US. Cl 5/338, 5/327, 5/345 [51] Int. Cl A47c 23/00, A6lg 7/04 [58] Field of Search 5/337, 338, 345, 351, 327, 5/70, 71, 72

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,242,598 10/1917 Riddle 5/337 X 1,537,414 5/1925 Darlling 5/338 X 1,542,674 6/1925 Darlling 5/338 X 2,462,579 2/1949 Warner 5/345 R 2,990,558 7/1961 Engel 5/345 R 3,337,883 8/1967 A1lis0n.'... 5/338 3,354,477 11/1967 Bartz 5/352 3,366,106 H1968 Yao et a1. 5/337 X 3,694,831 10/1972 Treace 5/338 A conventional bed frame having a tiltable base, box spring and mattress with the box spring and mattress of less length than the frame and base to provide a space at the head end of the bed for the reception of a hollow padded receptacle and a pillow having spaced cut-outs or slots for reception of the face, nose, mouth and ears whichever is aligned with its slot and depending upon the reclined position of the occupant, such as the aligned ear over its slot when the occupant is lying on one side or the other of the face, the pillow being shiftable in its receptacle as the occupant moves to any one of the normal sleeping positions and especially on the stomach or either side. When the bed is occupied the body is covered by the folds of a relatively wide sheet material lying across the bed for shifting or turning the body and thereby effecting most comfortable sleeping positions.

5 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures PATENTEDHAY 719m SHEET 2 [IF 2 1 BED AND PILLOW ASSEMBLY Among the objects of the present invention is the provision of a novel bed and pillow assembly for providing most effective sleeping comfort inany of the normal sleeping positions, the pillow being positioned within a padded tray or receptacle in a transverse recess at the head end of the bed to receive either shoulpant is sleeping on the stomach, the nose enters a T- shaped slot permitting free breathing through the nose and mouth without obstruction.

By this novelconstruction and arrangement of the freely movable pillow, the mouth and nose being unobstructed, prevents possible smothering and sinus clogging, and therebyassuring free breathing and more relaxed sleep than is possible with conventional pillows. Also, by providing space for and opening about the ear which would be covered by a conventional pillow when sleeping on one side, this novel pillow prevents vacuum sealing pressure and possible resulting discomfort.

In the present invention the recess and tray for the pillow provides a depression and space for freedom of either shoulder and flexed arm by the construction and arrangement of the pillow and tray in which the pillow is freely movable, thereby preventing concentration of the body weight on the shoulder musclesandshoulder nerves resulting in interrupting a restful sleep. Thus the body is retained relaxed in all positions of sleep and eliminating any cramped position resulting in loss of sleep. I

'By providing the bed with means for turning of the .body and relaxing in all normal sleeping positions relieves the usual tensions and enhances the effectiveness and period required for relaxed sleep, resulting in the occupant requiring less time for complete and effective sleep and assuring a rested nervous system which may well extend the life span.

Further objects are to provide aconstruction of maximum simplicity, efficiency, economy and ease of assembly and operation, and such further objects, advantages and capabilities as will later more fully appear and are inherently possessed thereby.

In the Drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the novel bed and pillow assembly.

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the bed assembly with an occupant lying' face down on the bed and pillow.

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary enlarged view in vertical cross section of the tray and recessed end of the bed, and showing in dotted outline the face, shoulder and arm of the occupant lying face down.

FIG. 4 is a top plan view of a preferred form of pillow and its spaced slots or cut-outs for the ears, the nose and the eyes.

FIG. 5 is a view in side elevation of the bed assembly in lowered position.

FIG. 6 is a view similar to FIG. 5, but with the head end of the bed elevated.

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the adjusting straps for covering and rotating the position of the occupants body.

FIG. 8 is anend elevational view of the head end of the bed with the adjusting straps covering the body.

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an alternate form of circular pillow containing slots or cut-outs for the ears, nose and mouth.

Referring to the disclosure in the drawings, in the embodiment of FIGS. 1 to 8, inclusive, there is disclosed a bed and pillow assembly, the bed consisting of a portable frame 10 shown as provided with casters 11 for mobility, a base 12 hinged or pivoted at the foot end 13 to the frame, and a bed spring and mattress l4 supported on the base 12. To elevate the base 12, box spring and mattress one or more springs 15 are provided at each side of the frame 10, the base, box springs and mattress when lowered being retained in lowered substantial horizontal position by a spring latching means 16.

The box spring'and mattress adjacent the head end of the bed are of less length than the frame 10 and base 12 to provide a relatively deep recess 17 extending across the base 12 of the bed and in which is received an internally padded tray or receptacle 18 for loosely and shiftably receiving 'a concaved flexible or resilient pillow 19 (FIGS. 2, 3 and 4) having its ends elevated and cloth hinged to permit flexing at 21, 22 and 23 between slots for the ears at 24 and 25, and preferably alternate T-shaped slots or cut-outs at 26,26 for the nose, eyes and mouth and adjacent parts of the face with the cheeks contacting at 26",26" when the occupant lies substantially flat on the stomach.

The slots 24 and 25 for the ears are spaced from a T- shaped slot 26 a distance sufficient that when the occupant turns over or moves to another position with an ear lowered, the lower ear is aligned with an ear slot 24 or 25. Thus in any sleeping position of the head and body including sleeping on the back, the slots remain open permitting adequate air circulation.

The ends of the receptacle or tray 18 may be hinged and the tray is padded to protect the face, the pillow 19 being of less length transverse of the end of the bed than the width of the tray to permit adequate free shifting or sliding of the pillow as the occupant moves to another position of rest.

The bed is provided with a semi-circular bolster 27 of relatively soft flexible material adapted to be placed and adjusted under the ankles of the occupant as shown in FIGS. 2, 5 and 6. Joined folds of strong sheeting or covering 28 of substantial width as shown, covers the mid-section of the occupant and is provided with opposite side reels 29,31 and 32 which are at the sides of the bed and detachably attached to the ends of the folds of the sheeting. The upper fold is detachably attached to its reel 32 and provides a turning fold 33 for automatically turning the body of the occupant, the lower fold 34 for turning and sliding movement of the body, and stitched along its width to the sliding lower sheet 34 is a depending sheet 35 attached to the reel 29. These reels are power-operated by a conventional universal motor 36 with suitable speed reduction and belts to 'reel in or reel out and to retain the reels in their adjusted position.

When the occupant enters the bed with the top fold 33 disconnected from its reel 32 and disposed at the opposite or left side of the bed facing from the foot (Fl(]. 7) and the occupant lies on the lower fold 34, this top fold or turning fold 33 will be lifted and drawn or placed across the body and affixed to itsreel 32 for the purpose of turning the body as the occupant turns or moves from one position to another. Thus the upperfold 33 is used strictly for turning and its lower fold upon which the occupant rests, used both for turning and sliding of the body. The sheet section 35 at the left side of HO. 8 is attached to the turning fold 33 for sliding purposes in that direction.

The base 12 supporting the box spring and mattress 14 has pivotally mounted steel straps or plates 37, one at each side and at the foot end of the base for retaining the box spring and mattress on the base.

FIG. 9 shows an alternate form of flexible pillow 38 which is of cylindrical form having a large central opening 39 for receiving the head of the occupant and spaced slots or cut-outs, one 41 for alignment with the nose and mouth, and two slots or cut-outs 42,42 for alignment with the ears. A further alternate slot 41 may be provided as in the pillow 19 of FIG. 4. This pillow is adapted to be received in the recess 17 and/or tray 18 of the bed assembly and is freely pivoted therein for adjustment to the position occupied by the head.

I claim:

1. In a bed and pillow combination having a bed frame and a mattress and box spring therefor, a relatively deep recess extending substantially completely across the head end of the bed, an internally padded tray of less length than and received within the recess for free laterally sliding movement therein, and a segmented pillow loosely and shiftably received in the tray, said pillow having a central cut-out formed therein for reception of and alignment with the eyes, nose and mouth of an occupant of the bed and other spaced cut-outs for the occupants ears, said tray and pillow being laterally shiftable upon rotary movement of the occupants head so as to automatically align the appropriate cut-out with the portion of the head to be received thereby.

2. in a bed and pillow combination as set forth in claim 1, in which said recess is adapted to receive one or both shoulders and one or both arms in either flexed or unflexed condition to allow for sweeping freedom of movement of either shoulder and arm.

3. In a bed and pillow combination as set forth in claim 1, in which said pillow has alternate cut-outs for alignment with the eyes, nose and mouth and with the ears, said cut-out for the eyes, nose and mouth being a T-shaped slot supporting the head at the forehead and cheekbone.

4. In a bed and pillow combination as set forth in claim 3, in which said cutouts are open-ended slots and said pillow is of a generally concave upper surface.

5. In a bed and pillow combination as set forth in claim 3, in which said pillow is of cylindrical form with the occupants head received in the central axially extending opening therethrough so that the pillow encompasses the upper half of the occupants head, occupants head and the pillow being free to rotate in said tray.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification5/622, 5/621, 5/725, 5/638, 5/600, 5/610
International ClassificationA61G7/10, A47C21/00, A61G7/057, A47C19/00, A47C27/00, A61G7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47C27/00, A61G7/1032, A47C21/00, A47C19/045, A61G7/005, A61G7/001, A61G2200/325, A61G2200/32, A61G7/05723
European ClassificationA47C19/04B, A61G7/00D, A47C21/00, A47C27/00, A61G7/10P6