6 sleeping tips and tricks from history

Everyone wants to get a good night's sleep – and people in the past were no different. So how did our forebears tackle sleep deprivation and insomnia? As Sasha Handley reveals, their sleep routines included eating lettuce soup, placing cow dung at the end of their beds, and hanging wolves' teeth around their necks to ward off the devil...

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This article was first published in the May 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

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