Ever wake up, on your mattress, and just feel immense pain creeping down your spine?
That’s because you’re not getting proper alignment.
Mattresses either have memory foam or springs inside (usually steel), and it doesn’t take long for them to degrade over a short use.
They mess up your spine, to put it point blank.
There are some surprising benefits to sleeping on the floor that can actually aid or undo the short-term damage of sleeping on a bad mattress.
We’re going to go over five of the good reasons, and five of the bad, to keep this as transparent and unbiased as possible.
Sleeping on the floor could be a good switch-up for you. Here’s the facts on it.
- 1 Pros
- 2 Cons
- 3 Scientific Data vs Anecdotal Information
1. Proper Spinal Alignment
Laying straight on your back could help reposition your spine, which can be extremely beneficial if you’ve been putting it in the wrong position while sleeping.
When mattresses deform over time, your spine leans into the mattress with the springs/foam and can begin to distort.
2. Posture Reformation
Suffering from bad posture?
When you lay on a mattress, you’re laying in what’s “comfortable” for you, which is slouching or being in bad posture during the day.
Proper posture isn’t comfortable at first if you’re coming out of slouching, but it is beneficial and reduces stress on the body.
Sleeping on the floor can help you reclaim your posture and stand taller awagin.
3. You May Sleep Soundly
This one comes with some personal experience.
Since the only way you should sleep on the floor is on your back, you’re less likely to flail around in your sleep and disrupt it.
The first few nights, you might do this, and then your body will learn that the hard floor is not as forgiving as the mattress.
It could just be the key to curbing rolling in your sleep.
4. It’s Cheap
You don’t have to buy a mattress, or sheets, for that matter.
5. Avoids Sleeping on your Stomach
There is some information that links sleeping on your stomach to heart damage and stress while you sleep.
If you roll onto your stomach while sleeping on the floor, it’s going to wake you up, or your body is going to turn the other way.
It’s not a comfortable position, so sleeping on the floor helps to keep you on your back.
Many people who try sleeping on the floor report discomfort.
Even if it helps their back pain, that discomfort often manifests in the hips or lower lumbar.
Men might find an easier time sleeping on the floor because their backs are traditionally straighter than women.
Women, who typically have curved spines, might find a great deal of discomfort from sleeping on the floor.
2. Hard to Fall Asleep
Ever lay back on a mattress at a department store and just want to take a nap?
The softness of a mattress signals to your body that you’re not only in a safe space, but a comfortable spot, and that allows you to fall asleep fairly easily compared to the hard surface of a floor.
Even if you have carpeting.
3. Difficult to Find a Good Spot
After all, it’s all a hard floor, you know?
You want to avoid doorways and walking paths, and finding a good area to sleep can be difficult.
If you have carpeting, sleeping on the floor might actually evoke your allergies due to dust mites in the carpeting, so that’s another reason wrapped up in this one.
4. Pillows Are a Tough Choice to Use
You can lay your head back, but then your neck is raised when your body is completely flat, which can cause problems.
You could position your arm under your pillow, like many people do on their beds, but if you do that then you’re going to press your arm between your head and the hard floor.
5. Side Sleeping is a No-No
If you’re a side sleeper, as many people are, you’re not going to find any solace in sleeping on the floor.
Your spine won’t align properly, and you may even way up with a headache from the tension on your temples from sleeping on the floor.
If you can sleep on your back, the floor could be good, but otherwise it’s a no-go.
Scientific Data vs Anecdotal Information
Well, this is where we run into a dry spell.
There is no hard data to suggest one way or the other, if sleeping on the floor is truly, scientifically beneficial.
We’re just going off of firsthand accounts and personal experiences with this.
Some people will feel worse when they wake up after sleeping on the floor, sometimes with a headache, lower lumbar pain, hip pain, and general discomfort.
Others will wake up feeling more refreshed than ever before—it’s a total fifty-fifty guess on how it’s going to work for you.
Try it. If it works for you, then that’s good.
If it doesn’t, it’s time to return to your mattress, or consider upgrading to a new one if you’re still noticing problems with your spinal alignment and comfort on a day to day basis.
Give it a Whirl.
It’s time to give it a shot.
If you don’t have a good time sleeping on the floor, then at least you know for the future and can access other types of back pain relief options.
Take the good with the bad, and ride it out for a few nights to see if it works for you.