Why people say, “Hit the hay”

While writing my historical novel, American Gold, I often need to check history. Unfortunately, that may lead to reading other interesting things that have nothing to do with what I’m writing.

Today, for example, I checked my references on what Christmas was like in 1911 in America. Somehow, that lead to an article about beds and sleeping habits.

It took a long time for people to invent what we would consider proper beds. In the old, old days, nothing more than a blanket separated the sleeper from the ground or the floor.

Privacy? Forget it! Sleep used to be a group activity until Victorian times. For many, group sleeping continued after that.

To find out more about the evolution of beds and curious sleep habits, read “The Once-Common Practice of Communal Sleeping” on Atlas Obscura.

Is it nap time yet?

 

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