History

In 'Wild Nights,' There's No Such Thing as Normal Sleep
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Benjamin Reiss talks about his new book, "Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World."
How We Used to Deal With Insomnia, Then vs. Now
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For one, we're not treating it with opium anymore.
"Antiques Roadshow" and the Middle-Class Dream
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"Antiques Roadshow" is more than just chatter about worn veneer and fake Tiffany earrings; It represents the enduring spirit of human hope.
Was 1994 the Year We Started Sharing the Bed with Our Phones?
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Looking back at IBM's Simon, the world's first smartphone.
The Evolution of Bedtime Beauty Routines from the 1920s to the 1950s
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My how the times have changed.
How Andy Warhol's 1963 film "Sleep" Paved the Way For Today's Performance Art Stunts
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Warhol's first full-length film, a 5-hour-and-21-minute clip of his lover sleeping, was as dull as it was revolutionary.
How the Hays Code Forced On-Screen Couples into Separate Beds — and Changed Hollywood Forever
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The Hays Code, created in the 1930s to uphold moral standards, not only affected sex and violence, but also how men and women could interact on screen. Bed sharing was a no-no.
How Did Amelia Earhart Sleep While Flying Around the World?
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A little insight into the in-flight sleep habits of the pilot, champion of women's rights and wearer of awesome pants.
This Sleep Advice from the 1800s is Really Bizarre
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Sleep became a popular topic of discussion and subject of medical research in the 1800s, but you probably won't want to follow most of the advice given.
Cults, Conspiracies and the Twisted History of Sleepytime Tea
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There's a strange story behind that cup of Celestial Seasonings.