What Does the Phrase “Goodnight Sleep Tight” Mean and Where Did it Come From?

Sometime during the sixteenth century, British farmers moved from sleeping on the ground to sleeping in beds.

These beds were little more than straw-filled mattress tied to wooden frames with ropes.

To secure the mattress before sleeping, you pulled on the ropes to tighten them, and that’s when they began saying, “Goodnight, sleep tight.”

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1 thought on “What Does the Phrase “Goodnight Sleep Tight” Mean and Where Did it Come From?”

  1. When I was a boy living in rhodesia me and my brothers used to sleep on a straw bed.We would change straw every two weeks or less depending on the vermin and or mold sometimes sooner.Packing the matress with straw was a chore one lived with.my family lived on a farm and chores were every day some days more chores some days less chores but it was a good life .

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