Good Night; Sleep Slanted.

Does anybody out there have an idea of when standard bed sizes came about? I’m wondering if it was back in the days when it was rare to see anybody over 5-foot-6. I guess queen- and king-sized mattresses are supposed to be 80 inches long (I’m going to go measure mine to see if it’s really that long), but you lose some inches at the top, unless you sleep all the way up on your pillow. Then at the bottom, if you tuck your sheets in, you lose more inches, unless you want your feet pinned down by the sheets. So even I, at a mere 5-11, have to sleep sort of diagonally across the bed in order to stretch out fully.

I know, I know, there are “California-size” mattresses that give you a few extra inches. But they really need to be made more widely available.

Am I the only one who has noticed this?