26. Sleeping with a Skull
This ancient Babylonian cure for most forms of illness is sure to creep you out! According to Babylonians, most ailments were demonic curses or punishment for past misdeeds.
In fact, medicine was closely linked with religion and would involve doctors performing religious rituals, exorcism, or even magic to cure the patients. The most common treatment was to sleep with a human skull for about a week to exorcise and pacify the spirit causing the illness.
People suffering from tooth grinding while sleeping were advised to kiss and lick the skull seven times each night. Boy, are we thankful for a mouth guard to take care of all our tooth grinding worries!