Sleeping porch

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Sleeping porch in the main house of the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
The restored sleeping porch of Heublein Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park, Connecticut

A sleeping porch is a deck or balcony, sometimes screened or otherwise enclosed with screened windows,[1] and furnished for sleeping in warmer months. They can be on ground level or on a higher storey and on any side of a home. A sleeping porch allows residents to sleep on a screened-in porch, avoiding warm convection currents from air and wall materials beneath or beside. Before affordable electric fans and/or air conditioning were installed, families often created such rooms, well-aired, where children would sleep during summer. The idea dates to around 1900 and became common in much of the United States.[2]

A better temperature for sleep can help with any illness (assisting the immune system). Such a room was once particularly favoured year-round for treating tuberculosis, a respiratory-system illness which was the leading morbid factor before the BCG vaccine became available. Health experts correlated fresh air as a main prevention for many illnesses, rather than linking somewhat causal better sleep.[3]

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  1. ^ Create a Restful Refuge with a Traditional Sleeping Porch: Bob villa (2017); By Donna Boyle Schwartz.- Retrieved 2017-08-27
  2. ^ "Sleeping porch" Buffalo as an Architectural Museum: Illustrated Architecture Dictionary (2005). Retrieved 2011-01-31.
  3. ^ Elliot, Lynn. Sleeping Porches. Active Interest Media, Inc. Jul-Aug 1995, Vol. 23, No. 4 p. 38. ISSN 0094-0178