When you think about going to sleep, you probably picture crawling up on a nice, comfortable mattress, complete with fluffy pillows and plush blankets.
While this is how most people sleep, and it’s likely the way that you have been sleeping since you were born, believe it or not, sleeping on a mattress is a pretty new concept (in terms of human history.)
Yes, mattresses are comfortable, but considering the fact that homo sapiens either slept in trees or on the ground when they first evolved, it brings to light a curious question: Is sleeping on a mattress really good for us?
Extensive studies have been conducted to examine the effects of sleeping on mattresses and sleeping on the floor. You might be shocked to learn that sleeping on the floor actually provides more benefits than sleeping on a mattress. Don’t believe it? Keep on reading to find out some of the interesting facts that researchers have found regarding the benefits of sleeping on the floor.
Less Musculoskeletal Issues
Have you ever woken up feeling aches and pains in your neck, back, shoulders or spine? If so, there’s a pretty good chance that your mattress is to blame. Research has found that primitive cultures, where people sleep on the ground, actually have fewer musculoskeletal issues than people who sleep in mattresses in more ‘civilized’ cultures. That’s because the spine is held in a more natural alignment, which means fewer aches and pains.
It is more Natural
Sleeping on the floor is actually more natural than sleeping on the floor, and it feels more natural, too. That’s because as we evolved, we slept on the floor, so it makes sense that sleeping on any other surface isn’t as natural.
Though a lot of modern societies sleep on mattresses, there is actually a large segment of the population that still sleeps on the floor. Though mattresses may feel more comfortable at first, they actually can lead to chronic health issues over time. If the mattress is not supportive, your body is constantly subjected to being out of alignment. Over time, your body will start to react to the misalignment, creating curves and postures that are not healthy, which can cause significant pain.
It’s Better for the Body
Sleeping on the ground is actually better for the body. Why? – Because it is firmer and flatter. Believe it or not, a firm, flat surface is exactly what the spine needs in order for it to remain in proper alignment, or in its natural posture. Mattresses hug the body, which can impact the support that the spine and lead to discomfort.
Additionally, sleeping on the floor allows you to fully feel your body while you are sleeping, which means that you will have more awareness of your body. As a result, you will develop a stronger connection between your body and your mind, which is better for your overall health and well-being.
Less Stiffness in the Body
If you experience a lot of stiffness in your body when you wake up, try sleeping on the floor. Believe it or not, you will notice a vast improvement in how your body feels when you sleep on the floor. Why do you feel stiff when you sleep on a mattress? It’s because your spine is not properly supported and so it ‘hunches’ up. This can cause your muscles to tighten, leading to stiffness and pain when you stand up in the morning.
It should be noted that when you first start sleeping on the floor, it can take a while to get adjusted to. That’s because your body is accustomed to sleeping on a mattress. However, after a few nights, your body will adapt to the floor; your muscles will stretch out and you will wake up feeling much less stiff and much, much better.
Overheating is one of the most common issues that people experience when they sleep on a mattress. That’s because heat that is expelled from the body can get trapped in the materials of the mattress, which in turn will heat up the surface of the mattress, and naturally, that will make you feel hotter. As a result, you will be more likely to suffer from sleep disturbances. There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night hot and sweaty.
In contrast, when you sleep on the floor, your body heat can circulate better. There aren’t any materials that your body heat can get trapped in, which means that your sleeping surface won’t heat up. As a result, you will be much less hot and suffer from less sleep disturbance.
It’s Less Expensive
Let’s be honest: mattresses can be expensive, especially those highly luxurious mattresses that are made of cooling materials that will prevent you from overheating and will keep your spine in proper alignment. Why spend so much money on a mattress when you can spend nothing and get the same benefits? You already have a floor in your home, so why not just use that as a sleeping surface? You’ll save yourself a lot of money.
Sleeping on the floor is a whole lot easier than sleeping on a mattress. You don’t have to worry about shopping for a mattress or spending the money, you don’t have to flip it, like you do a mattress, and it’s a lot easier to clean! Simply sweep, mop and/or vacuum the surface of your floor and you will have a clean sleeping surface.
In order to make the most out of sleeping on the floor, make sure that you do choose comfortable pillows to support your head. Also, you do want to make sure that the floor is clean before you sleep on it; if it is dirty, you could subject yourself to some health hazards.
Given all of the benefits of sleeping on the floor, you should really consider trading in your mattress and moving down to the floor!