Pillow Shape Design to Enhance the Sleep Quality of Middle-Aged Groups

  • 林 欣諭

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


There are many ways to measure sleep quality in which sleep disruptive events are included To improve sleep quality it is important to reduce sleep disruptive events such as snoring apnea and neck pain resulting to waking symptoms Few pillow studies have been researched on reducing snoring relieving neck pains and enhancing comfort at the same time Thus the purpose of this papers is to investigate the relationship between pillow shapes and reducing snoring preventing neck pains as well as comfort so as to improve sleep quality 3 anti-snore and neck-pain-relieving pillows and 1 conventional polyester pillow are chosen to be respectively tested for 3 nights on the relationship between the pillows' shapes and the subjects’ sleep quality One male and one female who are 40 to 60 years old participated in this experiment The sound of snoring was recorded and the head and neck’s pressure was recorded by a pressure mat during the whole night This study used Jawbone to test the subjects’ objective sleep quality After subjects woke up the subjective evaluation scale of neck pain were filled out to show the subjects’ neck pains condition Then I formed a morphological chart based on literature review and used the data got from the pressure mat accompanying with a focus group to determine a pillow design to enhance the sleep quality of middle-aged groups After the pillow design was built up I conducted a 6 nights’ experiment for 6 persons respectively to evaluate the product with a method same as the previous experiment Then according to the data gained from a series of experiments we could analyze and find out the design’s pros and cons which nevertheless would provide guidelines for researcher to determine a pillow revision furthermore This study investigated the sleep quality of particular users and new-designed pillow shape to enhance the sleep quality of middle-aged groups as better as possible and in the meantime to verify the characteristics and features of pillows which could improve sleep quality
Date of Award2015 Jul 21
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorFong-Gong Wu (Supervisor)

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