Faramerz Dabhoiwala

Living the Dream

Sleep in Early Modern England

By Sasha Handley

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What does your ideal bedtime routine involve? A nice cup of cocoa or a glass of wine? Curling up with a good book? Some intense flossing, a relaxing bath or a vigorous bout of intercourse? Whatever its exact ingredients, we all tend to have particular regimes with which we aspire to start and end the day. And so, of course, do cultures as a whole. Historians of 20th-century Britain have doubtless already turned their attention to the decline of separate bedrooms, the invasion of the duvet, the disappearance of the nightcap and the rise of jet lag. How we sleep, individually and collectively, says a lot about us.

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