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1. (WO2018085887) ACCESSOIRE POUR LE SOMMEIL
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What is claimed is:

1 . A sleeping accessory for holding a person's legs in alignment with each other, the sleeping accessory comprising:

a body defining a pair of holding formations, each holding formation being configured for receiving at least a portion of the leg of a user in operation and for holding the legs of the user parallel to each other in operation when the user is sleeping on their side;

wherein each of the holding formations defines a recess having a depth that is at least one-third or more of the width of the recess.

2. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the depth of the recess is at least one-half of the width of the recess.

3. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 2, wherein each of the holding formations defines at least a portion of a concave semicircular curved surface when viewed in cross section on a plane transverse to the longitudinal axis of the user's leg.

4. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the body defines a front end configured to extend ventrally of the user's legs in operation and a back end configured to extend dorsally of the user's legs in operation, and wherein the width, extending along a sagittal plane and a coronal plane, of the back end is smaller than the width of the front end.

5. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 4, wherein the body generally defines a wedge portion.

6. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the body at least partially defines a pair of tapered surfaces that together define a wedge portion when viewed from above in operation.

7. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein the

sleeping accessory comprises at least one securing arrangement configured for securing the legs of a user relative to each other when received in the pair of holding formations.

8. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 7, further comprising a pair of securing arrangements, one securing arrangement being provided for each of the holding formations.

9. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein the body comprises an inner portion and a cover.

10. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein each of the said one selected from a recess and an aperture defines a curved surface.

1 1. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 10, the curved surface defines a main radius for receiving at least portion of a user's leg in operation.

12. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 10, wherein the curved surface

defines a secondary radius configured for cupping the patella of a user in operation.

13. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 12, wherein the main radius is larger than the secondary radius

14. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein the body defines a separating portion for extending between and separating a user's legs in operation.

15. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the

securing arrangement comprises strapping.

16. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 15, wherein the body comprises a frame.

17. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 16, wherein the

sleeping accessory is symmetrical about a central axis of symmetry.

18. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 17, wherein the

curved surface defines at least part of a frustoconical three-dimensional surface.

19. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 18, wherein the

curved surface defines at least part of a cylindrical three-dimensional surface.

20. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 19, wherein the

sleeping accessory includes a monitoring arrangement configured for monitoring aspects of the user in operation.

21. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 20, wherein the sleeping accessory includes a feedback arrangement configured for providing feedback to the user in operation.

22. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 21 , wherein the sleeping accessory further comprises digital storage media.

23. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 20 to 22, wherein the monitoring arrangement includes a controller configured for receiving signals from sensors.

24. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 22 to 23, wherein the digital storage media includes instructions configured for instructing the controller.

25. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 23 to 24, further including a clock arrangement configured for providing current time to the controller.

26. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 20 to 25, wherein the monitoring arrangement includes at least one or more sensors.

27. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 21- 26, wherein the

feedback arrangement includes one or more selected from a vibrating device and a thermal device.

28. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 27, wherein the thermal device is a thermoelectric device.

29. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 24 to 28, wherein the instructions are configured for instructing the controller to store signals received from the at least one or more sensors.

30. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 27, wherein the instructions are

configured for instructing the controller to store signals received from the at least one or more sensors in association with the time that they are received.

31. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 30, wherein the

sleeping accessory comprises a transmitter for transmitting signals to a remote terminal.

32. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 31 , wherein the instructions are

configured for instructing the controller to transmit signals received from the sensors to a remote terminal.

33. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 31 , wherein the transmitter is a wireless transmitter.

34. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 33, wherein the sleeping accessory comprises a receiver configured for receiving signals from a remote terminal.

35. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 34, wherein the receiver is a wireless receiver.

36. The sleeping accessory as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 35, further

comprising a manual input arrangement configured for receiving input from a user.

37. A method for aligning a user's spine when they are lying on their side, the method comprising the steps of:

providing a sleeping accessory comprising

a body defining a pair of holding formations, each holding formation being configured for receiving at least a portion of the leg of a user in operation and for holding the legs of the user parallel to each other in operation when the user is sleeping on their side;

wherein each of the holding formations defines at least a substantially curved surface defining a concave substantially semicircular shape when viewed in cross section on a plane transverse to the longitudinal axis of the user's leg; and

engaging the sleeping accessory between a user's legs to thereby prevent the user's legs from moving out of alignment with each other during sleep by the user.

38. The method as claimed in claim 37, further comprising the step of securing the sleeping accessory between a user's legs using a securing arrangement.

39. A removable cover for an inner portion of a sleeping accessory defining a pair of holding formations, each holding formation being configured for receiving a leg of a user to thereby hold the legs of the user alongside each other during sleep, the removable cover comprising:

a textile lining configured for covering a body portion, the body portion defining a pair of holding formations, each holding formation defining a

substantially concave semicircular curved surface for receiving a leg of a user and for holding at least a portion of the legs of the user parallel to each other in operation when the user is sleeping on their side; and

a fastener arrangement for allowing the removal of the textile lining from engagement with the inner portion.

40. The removable cover as claimed in claim 39, wherein the removable cover

comprises a securing arrangement for securing the user's legs to the textile lining.

41. The sleeping accessory as claimed in claim 10, wherein the apertures define a primary curve configured for receiving a user's legs and a secondary curve configured for receiving a user's patella.