In the south, there is a room in many older homes that is called a sleeping porch. Typically located on the upper level, the purpose was to take advantage of the breeze to help one sleep comfortably before air conditioning.
Often placed on a corner of the home in order to take advantage of cross breezes, the sleeping porch offered a bit of relief from the hot stuffy interior bedroom.
Today, few homes have sleeping porches, but they seem to be making a comeback on some of the newer, southern style homes. Such an OUTDOORLICIOUS! idea is a part of the old south that is delicious and worth restoring.
I really would love one at my home. Imagine the soft breeze gently blowing and the sound of crickets and tree frogs lulling you to sleep.
A word of caution for those of you who have allergies. A sleeping porch may not be such a good idea if you suffer from a nasty reaction to what is blooming outside. A sleeping porch would probably make your misery even worse.
If you don’t have serious allergy problems to contend with, you may want to consider adding a sleeping porch to your home. Incorporating a day bed or a day bed porch swing into an existing porch or patio area would be a very cost effective way of bringing a touch of old southern charm into your home. Preferably the porch or patio area should be screened-in so that you can enjoy the feeling of sleeping outside without being bothered by bugs.