It looks like I’m not the only one out there who has a fascination with sleep. I blame Shakespeare. I think that’s where it all started for me. Check out this New York Times article and learn about 17th century theories, including using poppies and lettuce and how to position your body when you’re sleeping.
EXHIBITION REVIEW | FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY
Catching Some Z’s in Days of Yore
By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
Published: March 27, 2009
“WASHINGTON — In one of the displays at the Folger Shakespeare Library a 17th-century manuscript interrupts its historical chronicle of bloodthirsty battles, hewn carcasses and sundered heads with a recipe for “a dormant drink”: a knockout potion. Perhaps the tale’s morbidity had been affecting the anonymous author, or maybe this potion, guaranteed to instill sleep for “2-daies,” just came to his mind as a perfect weapon against future enemies: you just slip ’em a Mickey.”