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Sleep-piety and healthy sleep in early modern English households
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This chapter focuses on how the fusion of preventative healthcare practices and devotional habits fostered a vibrant culture of sleep management in English households between 1650 and 1750. It traces the cultural value of sound sleep and how its pursuit ordered the daily rhythms of household life by examining a selection of diaries and spiritual autobiographies. It also focuses on how and why the combined physical and spiritual benefits of sleeping soundly became increasingly pronounced in the years after 1650. Non-Natural healthcare principles and practices were enlivened by the fragmented religious terrain of this period, which intensified household devotional practices. The chapter emphasises the relevance and vitality of Non-Natural healthcare principles to daily life across early modern Europe. It explores the role of sleep management as an embodied expression of faith before moving on to assess how spiritual motivations shaped the make-up and care of sleeping environments within many homes.

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