sleeping on the floor, good or bad?

by (429) Updated January 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM Created January 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM

i was thinking of using wool blankets as my mattress on the floor (carpet), is this good or bad for me?

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11011 · January 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

This is one of those middle of the road things. Unless you have back problems or shoulder neck problems already, you probably won't get much of an improvement, though it might help with your posture. Try it a few nights and say what you think of it, it's not the most fun thing, but after the first night you will probably be sore the next day. This soreness should go away after a few days of sleeping on the floor.

0 · January 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I will add, wrong breathing in the night suffocates brain cell, then you dream shit stories. When your brain gets enough o2 in the night -sweet dreams comes.

0 · January 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I was sleeping on the water bed (1-2sec. type)for years, recently i noticed too often bad dreams as well as on the waking moment my heart beats faster. Last month my korean girlfriend said that she through out the bed,so i made a bed beside my bed too:) . Its rocks! feel sad that i didnt do it earlier, Creation of a matras bed was the one of the stupiest work of human. Will never come back. When you fall a sleep too comfortably you are not moving in the night, since you are not moving its influence your breathing, i am not sure how, when is hard you change possition in the night, and its regulating your breathing patern, i believe its something like that.. Btw and i m skinny 180/72kg

0 · August 07, 2013 at 7:08 PM

I sleep on Chinese bamboo math one ear, its great !!!

278 · July 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM

I sleep on a Korean bamboo mat. I don't have back pain anymore. Yes, it's uncomfortable at first, but you get used to it.

0 · July 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I've slept on the floor for 1-2 years now without issues. I used to wake up with back pains due to a poor mattress, but sleeping on the floor has mercifully eliminated these. Before, I had no choice but to lay on my side, now I sleep equally on all four sides. Some points to bear in mind:

  • I am a woman with some body fat. If you're one of those men who can't even sit on hard chairs for lack of padding, this may not be for you.
  • The first week I had mild bruising on the points of support: shoulder blades and the front of hip bones. It didn't hurt, I only noticed in the morning, and it quickly went away.
  • Aside from aforementioned point, expect comfort from day one. If comfort is not forthcoming, your mattress is too thin. I sleep on a <1cm Sultan over-mattress from IKEA. When I lived in Korea, I was never able to sleep on the floor, perhaps because the matress was too thin, possibly because I tried sleeping on my side. When you sleep on the floor, you will want to lie on your back.
  • If you sleep directly on the floor, be prepared to have to deal with potential heating issues in the winter. In the worst case, the floor will simply drain your body heat.
  • Despite this genuinely being my preferred sleeping mode, it doesn't cure all ills. I still have insomnia.

267 · January 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Been sleeping on the floor for 5 years. No idea why anyone would want to sleep in a bed. They're so ridiculously uncomfortable for me. The floor is where it's at. I sleep on carpet with a single wool blanket under me, and I can sleep on my side or front or anything else comfortably and with no problem.

1230 · January 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I raise an objection to the comments that advocate underpadding.

A martial arts tough guy I once knew would sleep on a flat wooden plank each night (or so he claimed) to "maintain good posture".

But your back has a natural arch and does not form a straight line.

If too much of your weight rests upon a single or few points, blood will not circulate well and the area will (1) go numb; or (2) you will wake up with stiff muscles.

Ideally, your padding should give enough support to distribute your body weight evenly, thus avoiding poor circulation.

I'm 6'3'' and 180 lbs, which is not especially heavy, but I do notice thin padding that works fine for lighter people (e.g., 100 lbs to 150 lbs) doesn't suffice for me. I have more weight pressing down on the same contact points.

Personally, here is where I think orthodox practice is best: a mattress with a thin slab of foam over it. At least for me, that gives the best support. IMO the choice of mattress is not the place to stint; a poor night's sleep impacts the next day much too negatively.

993 · January 20, 2013 at 4:21 AM

Good. Very good. It's very healthy for your back to sleep on a hard surface (think about it, Grok didn't have fluffy mattresses) and I find sleeping on a hard surface much more restful than sleeping on even the firmest mattress.

993 · January 20, 2013 at 4:20 AM

Good. Very good. It's very healthy for your back to sleep on a hard surface (think about it, Grok didn't have fluffy mattresses) and I find sleeping on a hard surface much more restful than sleeping on even the firmest mattress.

366 · January 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

I regularly sleep on the floor on a yoga matt or a thermarest. I sleep like a rock and feel great in the morning. If your body likes it: go for it

2945 · January 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM

I started sleeping on the floor about 6 months ago on the recommendation of a teammate to help with recovery after hard workouts, and I've been doing it ever since. I haven't noticed any miraculous changes in performance, but I no longer have to crack my back every morning when I get up, and I find a nice thick blanket under me to be as comfortable as a regular bed.

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