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TIL that folks in the Medieval period shared their bed with the full family members and even the occasional right away customer – only the extremely loaded could manage far more than just one bed and lousy people today just slept on piles of cloth/hay on the ground.


TIL that individuals in the Medieval era shared their bed with the complete loved ones and even the occasional right away customer – only the very loaded could find the money for extra than just one bed and weak people today just slept on piles of fabric/hay on the floor.



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I had to share a bed with my two sisters until I hit puberty then I was forced to sleep on the couch so this is something still happening in today’s world

we live in SEA, my family and I slept on the same bed until I turned 12 yrs old, my siblings were 9 and 7.

Over here in Norway, I heard head boards were common, so they could fit more people in each bed if necessary. People slept sitting up against the headboard on each side.

I spent weeks researching the perfect density mattress for my back problem.

I’m glad some things have changed over the years.

I can only be thankful that I didn’t have to share a bed with a bunch of other people who didn’t bathe regularly. Also, the potential for a fatal Dutch oven incident is frightening.

My great-grandfather was from the south but couldn’t get enough work so one day he had enough and loaded his family and stuff into a flatbed pickup and migrated west. He worked from town to town doing odd jobs, picking cotton or fruit, construction, whatever he could find to get to the next town. My grandmother was born in Texas during that migration. They eventually made it to Modesto, CA. When Grandma was in school, she met my grandfather. He “waited until she graduated from high school to marry her.”

Work was hard to get but my grandfather and great-grandfather got hired to build a dam in the middle of “nowhere,” Montana. So great-grandpa and great-grandma and grandpa and grandma all moved up together into a one-room cabin.

There was no electricity or plumbing. There was no town to buy supplies. They lived off the land, hunting for food and chopping their own wood for heat.

This was between 70-80 years ago. While I’m sure each couple had their own bed, I can’t imagine sharing a room with my in-laws as a newlywed. Or having my daughter’s husband sharing a room with my wife and I. Things were definitely different and that wasn’t very long ago.

I shared an egg crate foam mat on the floor with my siblings growing up. And of course slept in a drawer as a baby. Wasn’t until I was 12 that I had a bed. Seems so weird saying that now ha.

Before modern heating/insulation, communal sleeping absolutely makes sense. Anyone who has spent any amount of time outdoors knows how cold it gets at night, even potentially in summer, depending on your area.

Yep.

Typically the bed was the most expensive thing they owned, and if their home had multiple rooms, the bed was almost always in the front room as a flex for visitors.

Because of the miasma theory and doctors believing peoples polar magnetism would make you sick they developed what Dr. Richardson called the “single-bed system,” or what we would now recognize as a twin bed. These slender mattresses, built for one, gave a reassuring sense of distance from a spouse whose electrical charges or breath may be suspect.

Edit: [Link](https://www.salon.com/2012/08/14/separate_beds_are_liberating/)

“medieval era”? my mother slept with my grandmother in the same bed, in a room with 5 more relatives. Being poor is all you need to do this

This is still a thing now. I share bedroom matting (futons) with my entire family (2 children and my wife).

I went to visit Shakespeare’s house in Stratford Upon Avon, and at that time a guest bed was both an ornament and a bed, so it would be on display in the main living area of the hose.

I used to sleep in the dirty laundry pile as a kid. I had a bed, but for some reason I thought the dirty laundry mountain was more comfortable. Guess I just grew up in the wrong century lol

Medieval era? This was going on into the 1800s in the USA on the frontier (the frontier being East of the Mississippi).

This is also a thing in my house. My damn kids won’t sleep in their own rooms, it’s like a fucking palace compared to where I grew up, but every night they crawl in with me and the wife.

I’m guessing at some point it will be cute, but right now I just want to sleep!

Growing up in the 70s in Ireland, I slept in the same bed as two of my sisters, with 3 more in another bed in the same room. This ain’t ancient history.

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