THE AGE OF THE BED CHANGED THE WAY WE SLEEP

30 Nov

sleeping

A night without electric lights—not to mention glowing screens—is almost unimaginable for modern residents of wealthy nations. Looking at writings from the British Isles in the early modern era, A. Roger Ekirch reconstructs what it was like, and how the darkness affected people’s sleep patterns.

So begins Livia Gershon’s summary of historian A. Roger Ekrich’s work. You may read the rest of Gershon’s JSTOR Daily post here.

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