There have been many theories as to where the phrase, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” originated; some more interesting than others. Here is a breakdown of those theories, and their origins:
- The phrase dates from the days when mattresses were supported by ropes, which needed to be pulled tight to provide a well-sprung bed
- The phrase refers to the tightness of bedclothes, intended to keep bedbugs at bay
- That within the phrase, the word tightly, although not often used in this way now, means ‘soundly, properly, well’. In this way it would imply â€˜fast asleep’.
Modern day use of this phrase can be taken quite literally, both for bed bugs and for the quality of mattress being slept on. Let’s just hope it’s a memory foam mattress and not ropes that anyone is sleeping onâ€¦