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The role of sleep has played a pivotal role in fairy tales. Sleep has enjoyed an important part in our civilization, and its influence has trickled down to children’s books that we often read as bedtime stories. You may be familiar with characters in fairy tales that sleep for days, months, decades and even centuries only for a divine intervention to break off their blissful slumber.
Here are five fairy tales where sleep has played an integral role in the story.
A curse befalls a newborn princess by a fairy that puts her into a deep hibernation at age 17 when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel. A century passes until a handsome prince rescues the princess with a kiss that lifts her curse for them to live happily ever after!
Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
Jealous of her beauty, Snow White’s stepmother dresses up as an old lady and gives her a poisoned apple, inducing a deathlike slumber. The dwarves try to wake her up to no avail and put her in a glass casket. When all hope seems to be lost, a handsome prince enamoured by her beauty awakens her from a fateful destiny to spend the remainder of their days together.
Rip Van Winkle
Who says sleep can’t reduce the sources of stress in life? Just ask Rip Van Winkle, who was tired of his wife’s incessant nagging wanders off into the woods and falls asleep for 20 years. When the happy-go-lucky Rip finally wakes up, the world has changed and his unpleasant wife has passed away only for him to spend the remainder of his life in peace with his daughter.
The Princess And The Pea
Goldilocks And The Three Bears
An innocent tale of a little girl, Goldilocks goes for a walk in the forest and stumbles upon a house. Despite nobody answering her knocks, Goldilocks enters the house because she’s hungry and eats some porridge. Too tired after her little adventure, little Goldilocks falls asleep only to wake up to find three angry bears looking at her. Terrified, Goldilocks runs like the wind never to return to the house of the three bears again!