Some of the very, very old women's bathrooms had adjacent "quiet rooms" where women could lie down if they were having problems with "that time of the month", for example. They weren't considered necessary in men's bathrooms for obvious reason. Keep in mind, men were designing the buildings then, so this was a nicety they provided. It's not generally something found in newer buildings.
that's actually not a bad idea if they're kept clean
This is quite true. In those days, these facilities often bore the name "Ladies' Retiring Room," which bypassed the mention of anything thought to be indelicate. We had one of these where I went to college in New York City.
My then-wife once asked the bank manager why there was a bed in the ladies room of the bank, and he told her it's "a fainting couch" and it was just an old Southern tradition that ladies would want to have one in some public washrooms. He said to his knowledge, no female bank customers had ever actually fainted in there.
I used to work at a place that had that. In certain states, I believe it was a law at one time to have them.
So they can sleep with the pope
I have heard the two most useless things in the world are the pope's balls. So I guess they really would be sleeping then huh?
women use to get the vapors and had to lay down
it was before you were born
Wow! News to me. I was never aware of this in the UK, ever.
what counry you from, that dont happen in U S A
are you sure you were in a public wash room?