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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Dozing during the day is dangerous according to this health tip

{These health tips from the Perfect Woman 1903 by K. T. Boland have changed over the years. }


Early rising cannot be too strongly insisted upon; nothing is more conducive to health and thus to a long life. A youth is frequently allowed to spend the early part of the morning in bed, breathing the impure atmosphere of the bedroom; when he should be up and inhaing the balmy and health-giving breezes of the morning.


If early rising is commenced in childhood it becomes a habit; and will continue through life. A boy ought on no account to be roused from his sleep; but as soon as he is awake in the morning he should be encouraged to rise. Dozing—that state between sleeping and waking—is injurious; it enervates both body and mind and is as detrimental to health as dram drinking.

But if he rises early he must go to bed betimes; it is a bad practice to keep him up until the family retires to rest. He ought to seek his pillow by nine o’clock and should rise as soon as he awakes in the morning.


Plants and flowers ought not to be allowed to remain in a chamber at night. Experiments have proved that plants and flowers in the daytime take up carbonic acid gas (the refuse of respiration) and give off oxygen (a gas so necessary and beneficial to health): but give out at night a poisonous exhalation.


See more  old remedies, recipes and tips in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. Patricia Camp Mullis

    So that is where my Dad learned that sleeping in the daytime was wasting time and showed you were lazy! lol

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