The latest season of the Competitive Sleeping League has come to a dramatic close (watch highlights of the Championship here). With that, Sleepletes from around the world now set their drowsy eyes on next year's season and a shot at the Golden Dohm.
During the pause we thought we take a nostalgic look back at how far the sport has come. The history of the CSL is the stuff dreams are made of, springing onto the world's stage as if from nowhere. But how did it all begin?
We asked Rob Ullman - sports nut, pin-up artist, and creator of the Old-Timey Hockey Tales comic series - to illustrate the story, as told by 3-Time CSL champion and now CSL commentator Chip Fletcher.
Can you imagine sleeping on a bed made of ebony and gold, or a mattress stuffed with hay, wool or feathers? Believe it or not, once upon a time, beds were made of all of these things. While most people today take beds for granted, they were once thought of as luxury items, with the most elaborate reserved for royalty while commoners were relegated to more primitive accommodations like palm bows heaped in a corner.
In the beginning there was straw. Maybe a little grass or some not-too-crunchy leaves. And it wasn’t good. Yes, it got you up off the floor of your cave. But it did little to support the spine, prevent morning stiffness, or otherwise significantly raise life quality.