Sleeping on the Floor

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BeauJangles

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Has anyone ever done it for a long period of time?

Through a combination of factors (AC out, mattress pad and sheets in washing machine, and mattress itself old and worn), I spent last night on the carpet on my floor and slept really well. I'm thinking about doing it regularly.

Thoughts?
 

HendrixFan

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I had a roommate that liked to keep the apartment cold in the winters so I slept on the floor by my portable space heater most nights. I grabbed a pillow, a sheet to tent up over the space heater and slept soundly.

The only thing I noticed was that my jaw would click when I would eat oftentimes. When I stopped sleeping on the floor the clicking would go away.
 

Terzo

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I've slept on carpet (although with a pillow and sheet) and memory foam (with a sheet wrapped around it). Didn't have issues with either. I haven't slept on hardwood floor though. I think in between the two I've slept on carpet/memory foam for about 2.5 years.
 

fleshconsumed

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Sleeping on a hard surface is a matter of personal preference, I'm not sure if it's good or not for you, but I prefer it that way. My mattress is really stiff, almost floor like, in fact I have had to put a thin blanket for a little extra paddin, I also have no problem sleeping on a camping sleeping pad 2.5-3.5" thick. In fact now that I think about it, both my bed and sleeping pad provide very similar feeling, the surface stays flat with no sag and with minimal amount of cushion just enough not to hurt my bones. Whenever I sleep on really soft cushion (think futon or sofa) I wake up all beat up and quite often with a back pain too, and then I feel crappy and sleepy for entire day. Thanks but no. So if you slept really well, I say try it for a few more days see how it goes. Long term, if you like it, I wouldn't recommend sleeping on the floor as it's too easy to catch cold from the cold air draft, but instead get a stiffer mattress.
 

Pantlegz

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I like laying on the floor, I was laying in my living room yesterday and was trying to figure out why I bought a bed. I'm not sure I could do it all the time but I think I could spend most of my nights sleeping on the floor without any problems.
 

BeauJangles

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Sleeping on a hard surface is a matter of personal preference, I'm not sure if it's good or not for you, but I prefer it that way. My mattress is really stiff, almost floor like, in fact I have had to put a thin blanket for a little extra paddin, I also have no problem sleeping on a camping sleeping pad 2.5-3.5" thick. In fact now that I think about it, both my bed and sleeping pad provide very similar feeling, the surface stays flat with no sag and with minimal amount of cushion just enough not to hurt my bones. Whenever I sleep on really soft cushion (think futon or sofa) I wake up all beat up and quite often with a back pain too, and then I feel crappy and sleepy for entire day. Thanks but no. So if you slept really well, I say try it for a few more days see how it goes. Long term, if you like it, I wouldn't recommend sleeping on the floor as it's too easy to catch cold from the cold air draft, but instead get a stiffer mattress.

I don't have any back pain when I sleep in a bed or on the floor. When I have slept on the floor, I sleep on a carpet that is probably a 1/2 inch thick or so. It's firm, but it provides a little bit of give.

I'm not worried about catching a cold or anything like that, I was more wondering if anyone knows of any studies about sleeping in such a manner.

I think I'll sleep on the floor tonight again and keep doing it until I either get sick of it or find a reason to go back to the mattress.
 

arrfep

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I think it works best if you are a back-sleeper. I occasionally have lower back pains due to a variety of factors (one of which is a terrible old mattress), and find that sleeping on the floor for a few days at a time relieves the pain. The most recent time, I slept on a Thermarest camping air-pad on top of a memory foam mattress pad that's maybe an inch thick. It made for a very firm surface, but not so stiff to cause hotspots at contact points.

The only problem is that I sometimes turn onto my side when I sleep, and that was uncomfortable on the floor, because then my head would flop around unsupported.
 

fleshconsumed

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The only problem is that I sometimes turn onto my side when I sleep, and that was uncomfortable on the floor, because then my head would flop around unsupported.

I solve that problem by using a thin pillow (or at least thinner than usual). It's perfect when I sleep on my back, and when I sleep on the side I just plop my arm under the pillow; the pillow keeps my hand from falling asleep and hand plus pillow raise my head to comfortable level.
 
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BeauJangles

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I solve that problem by using a thin pillow (or at least thinner than usual). It's perfect when I sleep on my back, and when I sleep on the side I just plop my arm under the pillow; the pillow keeps my hand from falling asleep and hand plus pillow raise my head to comfortable level.

yeah that's basically what I do whether I'm on the floor or in bed.

Anyway, I spent night 2 on the floor last night, joined by my girlfriend. I slept very well again, except for her cell phone going off at like 1 am. I think that I'm going to look into a thin pad (less than an inch) because I find that sometimes I turn onto my side and my hip digs into the ground.

So far, so good though.
 
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