Sleep tight… Funny expression sleep tight. Does it mean don’t fall out of your bed, that’s why you must sleep tight? Or so that the bed bugs don’t bite? Never really understood that one either. I, honestly, haven’t the faintest idea on why we say this, and yet I say it to others as well. So, what does this discombobulating saying that so many people use, actually mean?
Well, I did some research and it turns out that in the 1800s and 1900s, beds were a bit different, mattresses were on bed frames and held up by a woven rope design, they needed to be tightened regularly else, they’d probably fall down. Thus, sleep tight was born. Also, the mattresses they used, attracted bed bugs, so that’s why we also say, ‘Don’t let the bed bugs bite’.
I still wonder though, now we have these big lavish beds that aren’t reliant on unsteady wooden planks, so, why do we still say – Sleep tight? Now, can’t we say, sleep loose? I believe everyone should sleep more loosely and not in the ‘Wakanda Forever’ position, you know, the one were they cross their hands in front of their chests and then really fast, let go? No? I guess it’s only me then that sleeps like that, I may be Wakandan…? . Anyway, don’t you think we should sleep loosely now?
Now, that I’ve gotten that out of my chest, let’s talk about the crisis, and no, I don’t mean the end of Avengers: Infinity War. The Covid-19 Crisis. Although, the Infinity War crisis was pretty big… Back on topic though, we really need to pay attention to the amount of sleep time we are getting. It is very important that we get enough sleep so the day goes by happier and not duller and miserable. So, we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to that.
Days seem endless now, as bosses are expecting you to work longer hours, all work has become homework for kids and it is all probably really stressful on your brain. That is why, we should make sure that we get enough hours of sleep and perform well academically, physically, and mentally.
So… Sleep tight, every night and don’t let the bed bug’s bite!
Your good friend,