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I am currently working on a renovation project. There is a room in the basement that has an old sign on the door that reads "Day Sleeper". Has anyone heard of this term?
Frank Murphy
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hello Frank.
is "day sleeper" not the term for a worker on the night-shift? (i mean, one sleeps in the day after working all night.)
Jofer Magsi
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Frank, I agree with Jofer. When I was in the British Merchant Navy (aka Merchany Marine), the cabins all had a bunk for night time sleeping and "Day Bed" for resting during the daytime. So, maybe the basement room was used by anyone needing to rest during the day. :)))
Frank John Snelling
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Most definaely... The reason for the basement was 2 fold 1) blacking out light while the rest of the house may have the daylight coming through. 2) temperature control i.e. warmer during winter and cooler during summer.
Richard Silverman
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