That Could Not Have Been Comfortable

@Corbin5 (119667)
United States
September 14, 2018 11:04am CST
I am not sure how ancient Egyptians got a good night's sleep due to using headrests for sleeping purposes. Wooden or stone headrests used by ancient Egyptians look incredibly uncomfortable to me. Headrests were important items to have in ancient Egypt. 1. Headrests were associated with the solar cult. The lifting of the head identified with worshiping the sun, the head rising in the morning and lowering in the evening. 2. In ancient Egypt, headrests were used while sleeping to keep evil spirits away and to increase physical strength and good health. 3. The headrest allowed the air to circulate around the head which came in handy due to Egypt's warm climate. 4. Due to the head being considered the essence of life, ancient Egyptian mummies were buried with headrests to provide protection for the head. A person needed a head in the afterlife. There is no evidence, to date, that some kind of soft little pillow was used with an ancient headrest, but I certainly hope so.
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@Courage7 (18545)
• United States
14 Sep
Oh heck no, they would have had to chop my head off then for not going along with this form of torture to worship the Sun, no thanks.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
It looks more like torture to me. No headrest for you, my friend!
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@Courage7 (18545)
• United States
14 Sep
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@1creekgirl (12519)
• United States
14 Sep
That's so interesting! I can't imagine trying to sleep like that, I don't care what so-called benefits there might be.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
I would have made a very lousy ancient Egyptian. I would not have been able to handle that headrest.
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@1creekgirl (12519)
• United States
14 Sep
@Corbin5 Me, neither! I'll take my comfy latex foam pillow any day.
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@rebelann (43103)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Sep
I sure am glad there are pillows these days, I wouldn't be able to sleep with that kind of contraption.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
15 Sep
I can just imagine the sore neck that would result from that headrest.
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@rebelann (43103)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Sep
It does make me wonder how they actually got any sleep @Corbin5
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
@rebelann The ancient Egyptian sculpture shows a person using the headrest while on his or her side. Still looks uncomfortable.
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@koopharper (6900)
• Canada
14 Sep
To us today that certainly does look like a strange thing to do.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
Sure would prevent shifting of position in sleep.
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• Canada
14 Sep
@Corbin5 I'm not sure I could have found a position to fall asleep in to start with.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
@koopharper This ancient Egyptian artifact shows depicts a person sleeping on his or her side. Still looks uncomfortable.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Sep
The benefits of a headrest make sense. However, that kind would be totally uncomfortable. I agree, a soft pillow would be needed.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
I am not sure how one would change position when sleeping. I hope a pillow was used.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Sep
@Corbin5 I doubt you could change position while sleeping.
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• Australia
16 Sep
@Corbin5 Maybe, changing positions would be a curse, or something. ???
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@youless (94326)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Sep
This is a terrible design But I wonder whether it is really to work like a pillow. I wonder whether they made a mistake. Perhaps it is only a bracelet rack?
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
Well, they did use it, but how could anyone get a good night's sleep using that headrest?
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@youless (94326)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Sep
@Corbin5 In fact Japanese geisha's pillow is also very uncomfortable. You can search it via the net
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
17 Sep
@youless Will do!
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@much2say (40533)
• United States
14 Sep
Oh my - I don't think I'd enjoy this head "saddle". I wonder if this went under the head or under the neck?
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
Apparently the head. In this ancient Egyptian sculpture, a person is lying on his or her side with head on the head rest.
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@much2say (40533)
• United States
14 Sep
@Corbin5 The "headrest" seems awfully high - especially for this position - my shoulders, neck, head - and ears couldn't take it! I hope the Egyptians didn't have pillow fights with them .
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
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@YrNemo (14768)
15 Sep
Bet you that there were plenty of ants and creepy crawlies around at the time, and that high 'thing' was supposed to protect the sleepers from those insects... (They do have plenty of scorpions at the time in Egypts???) I was horrified seeing an ancient pillow from Japan/China: a kind of a brick or something similar. Shocking! (No wonder they were so stiff with traditions! We who use soft pillow, we are all nice, kind, tender hearted and soft (in the head & heart ).
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
The headrests were used in ancient Africa too, and one of the reasons was to keep bugs from crawling in ears, eyes and noses. Yes, soft-pillow people are very nice people.
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@YrNemo (14768)
18 Sep
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• Mauritius
15 Sep
is that the Egyptian's pillow?
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
15 Sep
Yes, it was used in ancient Egypt. Looks uncomfortable to me.
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• Mauritius
16 Sep
@Corbin5 And to me too. I would never sleep on this.
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@ShifaLk (8533)
• India
15 Sep
Oh no. I would never sleep on such pillow.. LOL. Itis better not to sleep then
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
Yes, just keep moving and never sleep is better than using that headrest for sleep.
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@ShifaLk (8533)
• India
17 Sep
@Corbin5 haha yes
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Sep
How tall is that thing? I'm getting a stiff back just looking at it!
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
15 Sep
The height of the headrest was dependent on the length of the neck it was meant to hold. Height differed for males, females and children (poor kids.) A headrest in one museum measures only 2.05 cm in height.
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@TheHorse (73648)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Sep
@Corbin5 2 cm I could handle.
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@LadyDuck (182680)
• Switzerland
15 Sep
How strange that in ancient Egypt they used the same headrests used in ancient China. I have recently seen something like this watching a very good Chinese movie. The shape is exactly the same, the most ancient found in China are of the Bronze Age.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
I learned that these headrests were also used in Africa. Those folks had to be weary throughout the day due to using those headrests.
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@LadyDuck (182680)
• Switzerland
16 Sep
@Corbin5 It seems that women had complicated hair styles and this was the way to avoid to comb their hair. I prefer messy hair in the morning but a comfortable pillow.
@snowy22315 (54423)
• United States
14 Sep
Umm, I think I'll take my pillow!!
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
The headrest just looks so uncomfortable.
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@snowy22315 (54423)
• United States
14 Sep
@Corbin5 agree! it looks more like a cat seat.
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@xander6464 (4490)
• Wapello, Iowa
14 Sep
I bet they did pad them a lot. The Chinese used stone pillows, too, and I bet they padded, too.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Sep
Yes, I would think padding would be used. Tribes in Africa also used those types of headrests. Ouch!
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• Wapello, Iowa
14 Sep
@Corbin5 It almost could be no other way, because who would use them?
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@kepweng (19190)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
18 Sep
god i love that antique collection
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
18 Sep
I like antiques too.
@porwest (8480)
• United States
16 Sep
Certainly a long way from Mike Lindell's MyPillow.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
Yes, eons away!!
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• Australia
16 Sep
I wonder if they all suffered chronic pains on the baseline of the head, neck, shoulders and down to the back or scapula? No wonder Joseph could not sleep well besides being harassed by Potiphar's wife. Lol! He ran away, of course. He never touched that woman. But he slept in prison with that stool pillow ( headrest), too. Sorry. Got carried away. :-D
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
I get carried away myself!!
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@amirev777 (2855)
• India
16 Sep
I am comfortable using a light pillow as my headrest, besides, I am not Egyptian, I don't walk like an Egyptian
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
16 Sep
I do not walk like an Egyptian either, so no headrests for us.
@quantum2020 (10027)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
15 Sep
If I were born in those ancient years, I would probably use the one in the picture. In the present, I donĀ“t use pillows to rest my bead but I totally have a good night head rest
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
15 Sep
I am glad you get a good rest without those pillows. I always need two pillows to have a good rest.
@Athinker (2731)
• Jaipur, India
15 Sep
I think they use these type of headrests so they will be active while sleeping lol
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
15 Sep
That is possible. Mostly used for religious reasons and to keep evil spirits away.