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Uncommon Knowledge: Was bedding as hard as a rock ever a good thing?

Je T'aime Pillow Case | UncommonGoodsAt the end of a long day, we’re all looking for a soft place to rest out heads. Weary sleepers thousands of years ago didn’t have the luxury of plush pillows, though, and were instead destined to drift off to sleep on cozy slabs of stone and wood. While ancient Egyptians slept on pedestals to increase air flow and keep bugs away, early Asian cultures believed that soft pillows would steal energy from your body while you slept. They were instead replaced by minerals like jade, believed to translate energy from the stone to the brain. Good news for your energy levels, bad news for that crick in your neck.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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