Sleep-Which Surface Is Best?

by CavemanGreg on May 16, 2011

Sleeping on the floorGetting adequate sleep is Primal law #6 ( perhaps the most important one of Paleo Living). Beyond setting aside plenty of time for sleep, there are ways you can also improve the quality of sleep. Nutrition plays a big part, and so do things like avoiding caffeine/alcohol before bed, limiting your electronic stimulation, and limiting your exposure to blue light. These are are all topics worthy of separate posts. Today, I’d like to talk about the surface upon which we sleep. Sisson posted a link on his site this weekend that got me to thinking about this topic once more.

The link is an article written by Patrick Clark posted at Zafu.net titled “The Ergonomics of Sleep”. Clark takes a good hard look at multi thousand dollar mattresses vs. free or almost free surfaces, such as the floor or a sandy beach, etc. This is a topic that I delved deeply into about 3 years ago. In a quest to simplify my life and live more like a caveman, I wondered whether sleeping on the floor (or a firm surface) could be beneficial. Much like Clark, I couldn’t find any good information saying that it was, yet, I couldn’t find any good research saying that comfy mattresses were either. The only things I seemed to find were some die hards like me who swore that sleeping on the floor fixed their back problems and cured their ailments and made them studs and so on and so forth. It was all anecdotal, nothing scientifically backed.

I eventually decided to go “au natural” by ditching the mattress and building a raised wooden platform to sleep on. I built a frame of 2×4 lumber and screwed down 1/4″ plywood. I used the the thinner plywood so it would give a little and not be as hard as concrete. I then layered a bedding with a fleece blanket and a sheep’s skin rug that I bought at Ikea. Even though it is a rug, it is extremely comfortable to sleep on (more about this later). From there I just used normal sheets and a comforter in the winter. I really enjoyed this setup for about a year, and then I got married…

My wife wasn’t so keen on my sheepskin bed, and it was kind of small for two people, and being a newlywed I wasn’t not going to sleep next to my bride, so I went back to sleeping on a mattress… After a while, I started to miss my sheepskin. The mattress was alright, but it had a slight depression towards the center that caused me some difficulty getting to sleep some nights. At my core though, I think sleeping on a mattress made me feel like less of a Caveman. So now as a compromise, I go back to the sheepskin every now and then.

I’m still not sure which one is better for quality of sleep. Since I’m not fully committed to a hard surface like I once was, I toss and turn a little more when on the sheepskin. Once I find a good spot, though, it feels like pretty good zzz’s. The mattress still plagues me with the crater effect and some nights it makes it hard to fall asleep too. So while I still debate on which surface I sleep best on, here are the things I feel are good arguing points for a more minimal approach:

  1. Takes up less space. If all you use is a sheepskin on the floor, you can even fold it up when not in use.
  2. Less costs. Have you seen the price tags on some of the newer beds? It’s ridiculous. Some up to $3000. Floors are free, or relatively inexpensive. I did pay $100 for my sheepskin, but it is super nice and will last a long time.
  3. If you go the sheepskin route, wool keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It is also hypo allergenic and odor resistant. Believe it or not, I have never washed mine, and it smells just about the same as the day I bought it.
  4. no confusing marketing fodder. No jargon like memory foam, tempurpedic, sleep number, spring count, etc. Just sleep on the floor!
  5. In terms of Paleo Living, it is closer to what our ancestors were accustomed to. They probably had beds of leaves, hay, and/or animal hides. They averaged more sleep than we did too, so something had to be right with how they slept.

Here are some additional thoughts that Clark touches on in his article.

  1. your bones support your weight instead of your soft tissues. This allows better blood circulation since bones are designed to be weight bearing and blood vessels are not. He also hypothesizes this might help build bone density.
  2. I quote directly: “There is no scientific basis for what has become an institution in the developed world: mattresses. If you don’t sleep on one, you have gone out of your way to avoid it.”
  3. Mattresses mess up our alignment since we “sink in”
  4. The psychological belief that mattresses are soft and therefore comfortable is not necessarily true

He has several other good points too. Take some time to read his article and share your thoughts, either here or there.

 

Interested in buying a sheepskin but aren’t sure where to look? I found a few for you on Amazon.

sleeping on the floor

This 2×6 skin will work well for a single person. At $89, it also the most economical sheepskin I was able to find that is big enough to sleep on.

 

 

sleeping on the floor

This 4′x6′ sheepskin is plenty big for one person and will probably even work for 2 smaller people. It sells for about $146

 

 

large sheepskin rug

Here is a 5′x7′ sheepskin for those couples needing a little more space. At $159, this one is the cheapest/ square foot.

 

 

sheepskin rug for sleeping

For the absolute greatest in luxury, pamper yourself like a Caveman clan leader and lay your weary bones to rest on this ridiculous sized sheepskin rug. $459

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Caveman Home Companion May 17, 2011 at 9:03 am

It took me quite some time to win my girlfriend over to the Paleo way of eating. I can’t wait to tell her that from now on we will be sleeping on the floor. Nice post!

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Asian December 6, 2011 at 1:13 am

I find the whole ‘caveman’ comment ignorant. Plenty of cultures throughout north africa, central, south and southwest asia sleep on flatbeds and the floor. Its not primitive or caveman like at all. Many eat on the floor by laying out sheet in a special dining area known as a dastarkhan where everyone sits on the floor and eats like its a picnic. In fact there is a complex etiquette to it. So did the japanese. Sleeping and eating on the floor is not caveman-like is my point if you do it with proper decorum.

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fanorm February 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I find the whole ‘caveman comment is ignorant’ ignorant. Cavemen gave birth to all the cultures you just listed. Besides, nobody meant any disrespect to any culture, and if they did, it doesn’t effect anyone or anything.

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WhatuSay August 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

i think you’re ignorant fanorm. And im not trying to dog on you but just stating the fact. what asian was trying to say is, just bcz ppl eat or sleep on the floor bcz their society is not corrupted with money hungry n greedy corporations who tell lies so ppl will buy their mattresses; and call it INNOVATION and dumbassess like you buy it; doesnt make them CAVEMEN like. it doesnt make them anything, it makes them ppl who choose to sleep on the damn floor.

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Mediator March 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

Arguing over who is more ignorant is ignorant you ignoramuses. Educate yourself daily, find peace in who you are, and never say anything that is wasteful or untrue. Never talk just to speak or argue for the sake of entertainment. Y’all piss me the fuck off.

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Lil' Bliss November 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Maanne y’all all ingnant. Sleepin on da floor is what ya do when ya know some hatin’ homies bout to roll up strapped and pump yo’ crib full a lead. Ya feel me dawg LAWLZ!1!!! YOLO SWAG

anon angry finn February 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

In fact, all of you are ignorant yanks. The image of the stupid amurrican.

Most of our genes are from people who lived on plains of Africa. In other words, how about you stop getting your culture from cartoons, and read some history.

Some of the genes came from real cavemen – the neanderthals. Finnish got their genes from the “woodmen”.

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Carm November 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

There was no such thing as cavemen. God created Adam & Eve.

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Realist November 18, 2012 at 4:59 am

Yea, we all came from two people… That’s funny.

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Jacks November 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I know I came from two people. :)

Joey January 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I know I came ))

kashperanto February 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

I’ve been paleo-dieting for the better part of a year now, but I’m just now starting into the lifestyle aspect of it.
I’ve just in the last few days started sleeping on the floor, and I believe that it helps my stress-induced upper back pain. I actually feel looser in the mornings, and I wake up easier.

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Jennifer March 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

Like you, I am not a die-hard floor-sleeping believer. I mean it was great sleeping on the floor, until I got pregnant. And then it was still fine … until my baby grew bigger inside me. And then when I transitioned our son to being exclusively breastfed, the floor sleeping stopped because there was a ..erm…height difference between his food, and his face(we bedshare), and I’d wake up stiff all across my upper chest and with back pain from the positions I had to contort myself into so baby boy could sleep&eat. I can’t imagine that Paleo moms would not have had the same issue sleeping on a cave floor, or sleeping on any surface that was relatively flat.

I know there are benefits sleeping on the ground as opposed to the floor(transferring of pure energy such as with barefoot walking), because I know sleeping on the ground outside feels REMARKABLE.

Like you, I scoured the internet and much the same, found no hardcore evidence that catered towards either mattresses or the floor. Have you looked into hammocks? Hammocks are reported to eliminate any pressure points that mattresses and floor-sleeping can give, they’re not nearly as expensive as mattresses, and they’re just as easy to hop into or put away like floor-sleeping is.

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Jennifer March 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

Oh, oh, I also wanted to add. One thing I’ve definitely come to find out is our babies are true Paleos before modern way of life taints them. I’ve been on sites of those who manufacture infant hammocks, and read the testimonials of moms and dads who say their babies sleep poorly in their cribs or bassinets, but when they started putting them to sleep in hammocks, they slept the night/acid reflux/colic went away or was severely diminished…etc. The way I see it, if it’s good enough for the babes, that must be how it’s meant to be. Anyway, just food for thought!

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annie March 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Love this article/blog about sleeping hard. I have to sleep hard or I can’t sleep. use a stiff futon with a foam pad and feels better than any bed, cept one i had at one point. would try the sheepskin but having cats, afraid they would do a number on it. But maybe if I covered it with a sheet they wouldn’t know. Thanks for your candor. I appreciate it. -a

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gyson June 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

i have been sleeping on and off on the floor in my living room on a carpet and a nice comfy iranian rug , inever feel lazy when i wake while on the floor , u feel so energetic that u wana start the day ahead . i dont understand y ppl dont take the floor . but i beleive the sand of the beach is a better way to sleep than a bed or a floor coz it moves with ur body it changes shape while u move what an experience

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Warner June 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

So, I just recently started sleeping on the floor and I definitely feel like I get better sleep sleeping their as opposed to my bed. I will alternate every now and then, but, sleeping on the floor is really awesome.

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perspective June 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Many asians still sleep on “harder” surface like tatami or wood. I know some asians (people my parents age), when they travel to US, they can’t sleep on hotel beds. They have to sleep on the floor instead.

Just google “sleeping on tatami”. In summer, people sleep directly on tatami (bamboo woven) to stay cool. In winter, we put a pillow top over.

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Rob June 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

In order to stay warm at night, do you have any suggestions on blankets besides using sheepskin as a base ?
Your response would be most grateful.

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CavemanGreg June 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Rob, not sure I fully understand your question. I just use normal cotton sheets and blankets. If you are wanting something more “natural” look for organic cotton or even bamboo, or cotton products that are unbleached and un dyed. Does this help?

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celtic August 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Try throwing on of these down on the floor.
http://www.yogaaccessories.com/organic-cotton-yoga-mat.html
I also use this for meditation, or sleeping in the yard.
Best price you will find on the net!

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Nature August 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Good information! Yet I am worried that my future spouse won’t accept the fact that sleeping on the floor improves many aspects of our life, and health. You mentioned the fact that sheep skin “clean itself” since you have never washed it, but what makes the sheep skin that you have recommended different from other expensive skins?

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CavemanGreg August 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

The main difference is that these are marketed as rugs, not something to sleep on, which I think brings the cost down. I also think a rug is built a little tougher than a linen. Hope this helps. Thanks!

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Fred Swartley August 29, 2012 at 4:19 am

So, I started sleeping on the floor recently, as kind of an experiment. My roommate sleeps on the floor all the time, because he doesn’t have a bed. And I read in a book once about a guy who slept on a mud floor and it kept him, “straight and strong.”

At first I thought I might hate the floor and quickly go back to my bed. But I am actually beginning to love the floor. It does feel like camping out every night, and I love that aspect of it. Also, I feel much better rested in the mornings. I sleep a lot less on the floor than I did in my bed, but I actually feel better!

I wonder if there are many health benefits from sleeping on the floor. It’s good for the back and improves bone density, right? I wonder if it could help the spine lengthen? And improve the strength of the back and other muscles? What about improving posture? I would appreciate feedback on these questions.

I am beginning to wonder why everyone doesn’t sleep on the floor:) thanks for this article

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Marnee September 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

If you don’t want to sleep on the floor, a very stiff futon mattress is a good substitute.

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doug April 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Where do you get a good stiff futon of the right size? I also, I love the yoga mat suggested in an earlier post (especially cause of its size for a single person), but what I would like to find is a good duck canvas covered futon (of any size), they don’t seem to make them anymore. Anyone know where to get one?

I also like the hammock discussion, a route I am experimenting with now.

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CavemanGreg April 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

check this guys out:
http://www.smallwondersfutons.com/
custom handmade all natural.

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doug April 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

Thanks Caveman! I will check it out…

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uh October 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

I sleep on floors with only a 4×6 rag rug below and a light fleece blanket for cover. My spine felt crooked from sleeping on couches, beds, even foam. Mattresses are fine in theory — I suppose they were to avoid cold floors originally — but have become just another excuse to suck wealth from consumers, who tumble blindly down the rabbit hole seeking ultimate comfort from every specious “innovation in ____ technology”.

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Claire November 29, 2012 at 1:01 am

I am going to start sleeping on the floor because my back hurts, I like sleeping on the floor, I do not like my bed, and I have trouble falling asleep. Thank you for this advice.

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Dawn December 20, 2012 at 9:45 am

Shortly after purchasing a $2,000 mattress, I noticed that when I woke up in the morning, it hurt to get out of bed. I felt lethargic and stiff until I took my shower and got going. After several months of pain and stiffness, I decided to try something different. I took my 4″ thick memory foam mattress topper off the bed and started sleeping on that instead. I’m in my mid 40′s and I no longer experience back pain or stiffness upon getting up in the morning. I also seem to have more energy throughout the day. I’m guessing that I’m sleeping better at night because I feel much more refreshed and rejuvenated, which is what sleep is supposed to accomplish for you. On the down side of floor sleeping, I did wake up in the wee hours of one morning with an interesting sensation in my ear, which turned out to be a spider. I do not like multi-legged creatures taking up residence in any internal body cavity, so, needless to say, this did not make me happy camper, but it is possible that a spider could spelunk down from the ceiling on a web and end up in your ear while you are sleeping in your very far from the ground bed as well, I suppose. After sleeping on the floor for 3 years now, when I do sleep in a bed, it feels like a grand luxury. I am considering the possibility of acquiring one of those gorgeous Teak Danish Modern platform beds and putting a piece of plywood across the top of it and sleeping on that, just because they look so cool and it would get us off of the floor where the creepy crawlies are.

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lost and confused March 3, 2013 at 4:53 am

Ok so here is the deal. Now im no paleontologist, but im open to lots of different things, i like old things and new things. I wear shoes, and believe in Jesus, but i also care about the dinosaurs and pterodactylus. Here is the long and short of it; lots of nights, (right now for instance) I sleep on a pile of foam-core on top of the concrete floor in my studio –i dont like it, but my apt is like 60 blocks away and the trains run infrequently, especially at night. Also, im not all that crazy about my bed at home. Furthermore, according to the lease, we are not suppose to have a bed in our studio, wich seems a little Fascist too me, but i suppose its a fire hazard, needless to say, i need something discrete and flame retardant.
Ive narrowed it down to three options (well really two, because the folding foam mattress costs like $40 to ship and, ain’t nobody got time for that, besides the other two are cooler.) I read about sheep sleeping in the NYT, and the lady who wrote the article, which was all about different beds, liked the shearling or whatever the best. My concern is that this will not be enough padding on the concrete floor. The futon im looking at is cool, it rolls up, its grey–also real Japanese design, so it has that going for it. Its definitely thicker. if i had enough money i would buy both, but i dont so i can only buy one not the other. but maybe one day ill buy the other, that is the alternative bed i decide not to buy this week. but that of course changes the question to; “which one would I buy first?” But im not really interested in that discussion, i want more of a definitive answer; “which is the best non-normative bedding?” Again the memory foam is out because it is not cool enough to go into my studio. But maybe thats a good thing–maybe its so dorky that its cool, have you ever thought about that?
Finally, i read the first few comments, and i have to say, im shocked–while i dont know if their was such a thing as cave men–not for religious reasons, nor for categorical reasons, i certainly believe there were prehistoric peoples, i feel like the notion of the ‘caveman’ its some kinda stereotype or myth concocted from the projections of contemporary social norms on prehistoric artifacts discovered in our time. did they really live in caves? they probably slept on a bed of straw or leaves, under a mammoth pelt–though they might use that as a cave rug since its so mammoth. its just that i hate hate, especially racism, and i feel like the first three comments were racist against prehistoric peoples. im not trying to take sides, but i will always side with non racists.
yours,
Lost and Confused

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patrick clark March 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I just posted a new “paleo sleep” article on my blog. (I am the author of Sweet Dreams on a Hard Surface.)

This post has to do with circadian rythms and the four factors you need to do right to get your rhythms right. I can tell you, none of us are getting it right. I lived in a tipi for 2 months in mid winter to test this hypothesis: being on earth’s surface in cold weather to help synchronize circadian rhythms and increase regenerative power of sleep. The good news: IT WORKED! Read post for details.

http://paleoalltheway.com/getting-the-sleep-you-have-always-dreamed-of-by-optimizing-circadian-rhythms/

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Peter June 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi CavemanGreg,

Interesting and enjoyable website you have.

You mentioned that the sheepskin never needed washing but did you put a sheet down over it? Did you use a pillow? Seems like oil from body and hair would dirty it quickly.

Sleeping on an animal skin. Cool and very Paleo!

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CavemanGreg June 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

you can put a sheet over it, but I don’t. After all this time, I still haven’t washed that thing but every now and then I take it outside and knock the dirt out. I bought this first skin from Ikea, and the directions said to dry clean only. I actually just bought a much nicer one from Overland that can be hand washed and then air dried and fluffed back up with a comb. I do sleep with a thin pillow since I sleep on my stomach a lot, but also on my back and sides sometimes.

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Andrew November 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

Which rug did you get from Overland? The 8-pelt? Is it long enough for you? I’m about 6′ and am trying to decide if the 8-pelt is a good choice or if a 10-pelt might not be overkill…

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CavemanGreg November 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I think I just have the 6 pelt. I am 5′-10″ and it is just right for me and an occasional guest.

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Will June 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I went on a trip to india, there i slept outside on the floor. I loved it.
So i started sleeping on the floor at home, on a very thin carpet.
It’s been a month now.
I started Yoga 5 month ago and i must say that i am pretty stiff.
Since i started sleeping on the floor i haven’t done any yoga or stretching but yesterday i did one hour of yoga and i was amazed because i could do stuff that seemed impossible to me before.
My posture is also much better now, i look less like a computer programmer.
I sleep well, wake up much easily and have more energy during the day.

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Pia July 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

I experience back pain (sore muscles) when I sleep on hard surfaces without a pillow (I sleep on the back) which is something I started experimenting with a couple of weeks ago. The pain is located in the middle of my back (erector spinae muscle, maybe?) and isn’t an issue when I go to bed in the evening. However, I wake up in the morning with stiff muscles, and it hasn’t subsided at all even though I hoped it would just be a matter of time.

Do any of you have any suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong? I don’t have any back problems at all besides this

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Weiner January 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm

This is exactly what I’m experiencing and last night I slept on the floor. I passed out right away and didn’t wake up till my alarm. Then I put it on snooze and slept for another hour. I felt so straight and long on the middle area of my back where I always have posture pain. I am also going to wear a brace at work. I’m a computer animator and the chair mattress combination have really affected my back. There is also floor bed type mattress on amazon that I may purchase by tuft and needle later. Just trying to get someone to come get my seally out of my apartment asap now!

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FounderChurch October 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

The first route to good repose is hard work. Lack of sufficient varied and appropriate exercise is a major cause of sleep, and a bunch of other, problems. Exercise is defined as any movement you make no matter how small and insignificant, or how large and difficult. And there is an enormous lack of it everywhere in all times and places.

Repetitive movements can produce injury, so work toward as much variety as possible in every movement. Variety is not only the spice of life, it is life promoting, life enhancing, life protecting and comfort providing.

And look for variety in your sleeping spaces, which by definition obviates expensive mattresses. Floors offer more variety when you want it. Nothing wrong with a little padding as needed. Experiment to find what suits you and your individual situation. Natural products are always better but this is not totally true. You can sleep on the floor and still utilize a 2 inch or so hi dense foam mattress. Health conditions and age play into what is best for each person in all situations.

Finally, avoid dogmatism of any sort as it is very close to bigoted thinking, defined as holding an opinion ignorantly, which you don’t want to do. FounderChurch at Gmail

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beckyotero November 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

When I was 16, much to Mother’s surprise, I started sleeping on the floor. She would rouse me after her mid night shift and get me back on the bed. After this nightly ritual of a month she gave up on trying to keep me in bed.
At age 68, I am still on the floor and have never been seduced by a mattress. It is easy for me to awaken, my bones are dense and I feel relieved or the societal rules. My husband sleeps on a mattress and occasionally joins me on the floor.

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Mrs. J February 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Started sleeping on the floor about 3mo ago. Never dreamed we’d like it, but my husband’s back and shoulders feel much better. I think his breathing is less labored, too. I suspect it opens up his lungs to be on a hard surface.

At first, I really didn’t know what to think. I was concerned about friends/family thinking we were too weird, but while some concern has been expressed, no one has really been too worried. They probably think it’s a phase (but my husband, really, is crazy about it, and it’s growing on me!).

A few things; it took about a month for my hips to fully adapt. Now I can sleep on my side or whatever. It took a bit longer than that to adjust to the lack of “spring” during sex. But after about a month … it really does work. And it opens up a lot of other rooms & floors for … fun.

I have a 9mo, who is exclusively nursed, who loves the floor AND her hammock. We were sick last month and she nursed about every hour. I imagine everyone’s experiences are different, but I didn’t have the problems Jennifer did. Then again, this is not my first baby, so I might simply be more used to “contorting”. LOL

It could be a different story when pregnant. But I doubt it. (I’ve had 6 babies and pretty much know what I can do and what I can’t.) Any one who has lower back pain, needs to get into some barefoot/minimalist shoes ASAP and start loosening their calves, PSOA and Quads. Just wearing Vibrams for 2yrs has done major things for my back and feet. (I have 95% less pain) I had the best pregnancy ever and I attribute it to the shoes.

Hope this helps someone.

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woebum March 15, 2014 at 4:16 am

Sleeping on the floor or plywood is good for physical fitness. From my experience, i felt better and slept well on plywood rather than mattress.

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doug April 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Love this topic, next one up, Paleo housing and the many different types from tipis and yurts to clay, hay, wood and underground, would be great!

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Ethan April 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I was brought here on a search for the best sleep solutions as mattresses seem to be failing me. I’m finding that I like harder surfaces. Very glad I found this.

I have a hard time sleeping in the summer, especially if it is really hot. How does the skin work for you in the summer months if you aren’t using the AC?

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CavemanGreg April 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm

The summer nights are never that hot where I live, so I can’t speak for really warm places, but, it’s supposed to help keep you cooler in the summer by drawing away perspiration.

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Born in the wrong era April 28, 2014 at 8:13 am

First up sleeping on the FLOOR is not the same as sleeping on the GROUND sandy or soft earth and ROCK are two very different surfaces in terms of energy and tension… To sleep on the dirt/grass/beach/GROUND is absolutely amazing and quite health boosting(assuming you don’t have a perfect body already!) we are built to sleep on the ground somewhat(paleo ancestors) but mostly in trees(homo sapien ancestors) what with our paralyzation mechanics during sleep, though anyone could express or awaken much older traits from their heritage or liniage if you have some special folk. Most of our bodies are highly adaptive but the way “it always was before now” is always the healthiest way.

Provided you are not skin and bones sleeping on any hard surface is comfortable in the right position and all it takes is a bit of flexing and “feeling it out” to be clear your muscles should feel “stretched and worked” in a good position this is true comfort. If you feel overly relaxed the first few nights you do this you are not laying correctly or you practice yoga or are naturally just already working perfect. And you will wake up with sore bones or ligaments/muscles!

Rember your body(including the brain)is WAY more active when you are asleep than awake, only consciousness and digestion are impacted(for whatever mysterious reason for the former and likely hibernation like purposes for the later). It’s when everything gets readjusted so some resistance is NEEDED to realign all your parts (it shouldn’t push BACK THOUGH only not “give” so springs and spongey surfaces are a no no!).

The hardest part about sleeping on the floor(not ground) is if you have a pecuiler skill shape like me. I unfortunately need a slight bit of padding or the jagged points on my skull fuck my whole body up! So…

tl;dr when sleeping on the floor you should “feel the burn” and not have any sharp points or pain where bones are contacting the surface if you are in the right position!

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CavemanGreg April 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

Thanks for this wonderful insight. There definitely is a difference between the floor and the ground!

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