Is Sleeping On The Floor Bad For You?


What comes to mind when you’re asked to imagine a dream bed? After a long and exhausting day, we’re pretty sure you think about a comfy mattress, fluffy pillows, and a soft blanket to ease away the stress, just relax and enjoy your “me” time.

Well, here’s some news for you! 

There are a lot of conflicting claims that people make about sleeping on the floor. Some argue it helps with their back pain, while others claim the opposite. But up to date, there isn’t any scientific evidence to prove them.

There’s actually a reasonable reason why people think sleeping on the floor helps with their back pain. Sleeping on a soft mattress can actually lead to back pain since it allows your body to sink causing your spine to curve. Harvard Medical school advises placing plywood under your mattress, the institution also suggests putting your mattress on the floor. But not entirely ditching it altogether. 

The latter argument also has valid points. After all, it could be hard for your spine to maintain its natural curve because of the hard surface. Sleeping on the floor also exposes you to allergies since there are more dust and dirt in there! You are also exposing yourself to cold because the floor is cooler than the rest of the room (but you might be glad to do it during the summer).

Additionally, there are people who must not try sleeping on the floor such as seniors, people that are more prone to feeling cold, and people with limited mobility. So if you’re one of them, or maybe one of your loved ones is, try to explain why they should not try to do this.

If you’re not one of those mentioned above and would like to try sleeping on the floor, there’s actually a step by step guide on how to do it properly according to

  • Find a space on the floor that’s free of clutter.
  • Place a blanket, mat, or sleeping bag on the floor. You can use multiple layers.
  • Add a thin pillow. It’s not recommended to stack pillows, which can strain your neck.
  • Lie down on the floor. Try lying on your back, on your side, and stomach. Experiment with different positions to see what feels best.
  • If you’re on your back or stomach, put your knees on a second pillow for extra support. You can also put a pillow under your lower back when lying on your back. If you’re on your side, place a pillow in between your knees.
  • Give yourself time to get used to the floor. Instead of diving into a full night, try a short nap first. Another option is to set your alarm for 2 or 3 hours, then return to bed. Over time, you can increase how long you sleep on the floor.

To help you decide what’s ideal for you, there are actually other factors affecting back pain and should not be blamed on the soft mattress alone. It could be on your medical record or just your posture.

In an article published in the journal Sleep Health last 2015, the researchers concluded that medium-firm mattresses are best for lessening back pain while sleeping. 

So, what you do with your mattress is subjective to everyone. We hope this article helps you in contemplating about it. Get a good night’s sleep and to wake up back-pain free!

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