How We Used to Sleep


Welcome to ‘How we used to sleep’ – a collaborative project between the University of Manchester and The National Trust’s Little Moreton Hall – funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project will run throughout 2017 and will offer a unique insight into sleep’s fascinating and complex history. The project stems from Dr … More How We Used to Sleep

Cow’s dung, ash-boughs and rose petals, or how to sleep safely in early modern England


In my last post ‘Sleep, Health and History’ I described the importance of healthy sleep to the long-term health of body and mind within early modern medical culture. Sleep was an essential restorative of health but it was also a time of vulnerability and danger where natural and supernatural threats had to be countered. These … More Cow’s dung, ash-boughs and rose petals, or how to sleep safely in early modern England


Histories of Sleep explores the latest research into sleeping habits throughout the ages. Sleeping hours, sleeping environments, sleeping postures and bedtime routines have been heavily shaped by different socio-cultural forces in a wide variety of historical contexts. Histories of Sleep invites contributions from those pursuing research into these themes and from those with a more … More