Sleeping porch

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A Victorian Era sleeping porch seen on the top floor of a home in Toledo, Ohio, 1895
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 favored 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