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One question most of us have never asked, though, is why do we sleep on mattresses? We all know that they’re comfortable, but are they really the best surface for us to rest our tired bodies on?
Sleeping on a mattress is a relatively new phenomenon though most of us have been doing it since we were born.
It’s not that sleeping on any mattress is bad for you; it’s sleeping on a mattress that dips in the middle (such as an old mattress) and chronically subjects your body to misaligned positions that’s the real problem. Over time your body will adapt to these misaligned positions, and, just like the effect of sitting in chairs, your body will begin to develop unhealthy curves and postures.
Why Sleeping on the floor is better for our bodies.
When we sleep on a firm, flat surface our body, and especially our spine, gets a chance to realign to its natural posture much more easily. When we don’t have a mattress hugging our body, far more spaces open up between us and the floor. On the floor you experience a vast increase in body awareness. When you can fully feel your entire body while you sleep, you develop a stronger mind-body connection, which you miss out on when you sleep on a mattress.
Have you become so accustomed to waking up with mild stiffness that you don’t even realise it was there until now?
The reason this mild stiffness develops is because, as with sitting in a chair for too long, our bodies get into these slightly hunched positions while we sleep. These positions cause our muscles to tighten up and when we stand up straight in the mornings we feel stiff.
Note: For the first couple of nights, you may feel uncomfortable because there is a period when your body will be adapting to this new sleeping surface. You may even feel stiff when you wake up. You will fell this way because of stretching out the muscles that have become tight from years of sleeping on a mattress. However, after your body has adapted and your muscles have stretched out, you will wake up feeling amazing.
- Your back health improved unless you have messed it earlier.
- Wake up very alert with tons of energy.
- Gained ability to sleep anywhere.
- More space in my home.
- Any kind of couch or bed feels like heaven. 😛
Remember that sleeping is the body’s natural way of healing, so sleep in a good resting position to enhance the process of healing.
A good posture also tell your brain it is happy while slouching tell your brain it is unhappy and sends signals of stress as well.
Thus by simply aligning our physical body we tap into mental wellbeing , happiness and optimism as well. And laying on the floor, on your back makes things very easy, you don’t even have to think about it, you just need to enjoy the moment.
Other awesome benefits include grounding, less tossing and turning, fall asleep immediately, wake up earlier and there’s this feeling of clear mind that I always experience when I sleep on the floor. But that comes down to you experimenting and experience it for yourself.
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.