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Make a Back Support for Side-Lying Sleeping/Reading/Computing
Make a Back Support for Side-Lying Sleeping/Reading/Computing
I've found that side-lying people tend to roll backwards, and they experience stress keeping this from happening—especially if they've got bad backs. But a simple back support can prevent this.

A 3-inch by 4-inch by 18-inch piece of soft foam is one aid I made for myself. It's best for beds that sag in the middle a little when occupied because of their springs.

I use a long-bladed electric kitchen knife—normally for bread or meat—for making good cuts through foam. You'll need this for the 3-inch by 4-inch by 18-inch support as well as the one that follows.

I also use—daily—a more complex but even more effective back support made from medium soft foam. It's 14 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches except for the base which is 14 by 8, due to one side slanting outward. I used lots of
Tacky Glue to glue—on this slanted side—a piece of the softest convoluted foam, with the convolutions inward toward the foam, since I wanted this part to be against my back, and oversensitive backs don't like convolutions. I sewed a soft cloth cover over the whole thing.

And since it slid when I used it, I found some 6-inches-wide Echo "friction tape" (for skid prevention on floors) and stuck it to the bottom of the support's cloth. The tape has a peel-and-stick strategy. Get the tape
on-line, under catalog page 28, specialty tapes, or if your computer isn't friends with Adobe Reader, call 1-800-878-6924 and ask them if they'll either sell you a small amount or give you the name of a dealer near you.

I find this back support great for sleeping as well as reading or computing.
Making Back Supports