‘Sleep Tight’ … How did it originate?

It has been quite some time that I have taken something from the book “By Hook or by Crook” to pass it along. Today the phrase is “Sleep Tight” and Tony Wootton and Gwen Zonzotterra explain:-


In Elizabethan times, beds were often made of a wooden frame supported on legs and then rope was woven from side to side and from top to bottom of the frame. The rope supported the mattress and bedclothes, but sleeping for a time on this rope made it slack and this was uncomfortable. There was a wooden tool provided to pull the rope taut and this was much more comfortable, in other words it was far better to sleep tight, which is why we now say, ‘Goodnight, sleep tight’.

Hope you enjoy the explanation given. Our ‘sleeping tight’ is definitely more comfortable than the ‘sleeping tight’  they experienced in the Elizabethan times. If we were to sleep in the same type of beds, it would not be our sleep that will be tight, our bodies would be the parts that will feel the tightness!

Am grateful for the modern beds, aren’t you?

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