I am reading the book 'Island' by Jane Rogers, and within the book there are a bunch of anecdotes/short stories told by a central character. One is about the Salt Murdress.
The story goes that there was a woman with 2 daughters. One about 5, the other a year old. The baby never slept. The mother was severely sleep deprived and close to breaking point. One day she snapped at her eldest daughter for spilling something, more because she was exhausted than angry. She put salt in the girls juice as punishment. Entirely spontaneous, she figured it would teach her a lesson. Afterwards the eldest daughter fell asleep and slept for much longer than usual. When the mother used salt again the same thing happened. So she started to put in the babies drinks as well. Both girls suddenly slept loads. They started to get sick a lot though, stomach aches and constant thirst. They begged for a drink without salt but the mother wouldn't let them have it, convinced the good nights sleeps would end and also, she claimed, unaware that it was the salt causing the problems. She just thought salt had this magical property that made kids sleep. Anyway. One morning, mother woke up as fresh as a daisy but the kids didn't wake up. She rushed them to hospital but it was too late.
Anyway, don't know what the point of posting that was, but this thread reminded me of it. The story made me cry.