[Ansteorra] Sleeping sitting up vs lying down

Bulgarelli Maria scarlettmb at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 17 15:01:14 PDT 2007

I saw the same show.  The place in Philadelphia was
Fort Miflin.  I used to live about 20 minutes from it.

I remember the person saying that.  I don't know that
theres any more truth to it than that the people were
shorter then.  I do know that when I sleep sitting up
I do tend to feel less well rested, unless I have a
head cold.

--- Lisa Sawyer <ysabeau.lists at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings all,
>  I was watching a documentary the other day and
> something that was mentioned
> as a passing comment has bothered me so I thought
> I'd put it out to everyone
> here to see if you have heard of it.
> The documentary was about underground structures and
> tunnels (Cities of the
> Underworld) and they were in a barracks that was
> built underground in a fort
> near Philadelphia (I think). The underground bunker
> was built
> pre-Revolutionary War and was equipped with bunk
> beds. The host commented
> that the beds were so short because people were
> shorter back then. The guide
> corrected him and said that it was because people
> used to sleep sitting up
> because it was "healthier". Sleeping laying down
> didn't become the standard
> until around the late 1800s and early 1900s. That
> was why the beds were so
> short, not because people were shorter.
> I've never heard that before...has anyone else? I've
> heard that some people
> slept propped up on pillows but I don't think that
> is any different than
> today.
> Thanks!
> Ysabeau
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