Before the invention of beds and beddings, our ancestors slept on floors. As we all know, civilization has surely made things easier but not necessarily better.
Beds, mattresses, and pillows are important as they allow us an opportunity to rest our bodies after the demands of a busy day. They make us feel comfortable as we sleep.
But they might also be compromising our health by encouraging bad sleeping positions which can lead to cases of chronic upper and lower body pain. If these beddings happen not to be of good quality, you might end up waking up with aches all over your body.
Why is back pain cases rampant now than before beds were invented? What secret did our ancestors have to this particular problem?
Let us look at some of the benefits of sleeping on the floor.
It allows for natural body alignment
Bad or low-quality beddings especially the mattress will allow your hips to sink in and your lower back to collapse, compromising your natural body alignment. The ground, on the other hand, is hard enough which will eliminate the possibility of this from happening.
Instead, your body will naturally align itself and even though this might be difficult at first, you will go back to your natural body alignment with time and practice.
Improving and maintaining good posture
The average office person spends most of his waking hours seated on a chair behind a desk with limited to no chance to move around.
This repetitive behavior ends up compromising the spine and lower back causing the individual much pain. When resting at night, they will need to re-align the bones and joints back in position.
Sleeping on the floor, as mentioned earlier, helps your body to rest in the most natural position giving you enough room to stretch yourself.
Re-alignment may take a bit of time and can cause you to feel uncomfortable but in the long run, the benefits are a painless back and improved body posture.
Alignment of hips and shoulders for a healthy spine
Misaligned hips and shoulders may cause you a strained neck or pain in your lower back. According to research, a large percentage of our population wake up with mild to chronic back pain each morning.
This can be solved by eliminating anything that compromises the natural alignment of your body as you sleep. Choosing a hard surface such as a wooden floor to sleep on is one step towards realigning your hips and shoulders. This will, in turn, eliminate back pain and preserve the health of your spine.
Cheap and worry-free
People spend a fortune buying this or that wonder-working mattress or pillow. You can save yourself a load of cash if you opt for this traditional way of sleeping.
With other people suffering from allergies to natural or synthetic materials that are used as pillow or mattress fillings, sleeping on a clean floor is both cheap and worry-free. All you have to do is make sure the floor is clean and dust-free.
Minimizes chances of bad/wrong sleeping positions
Since you can`t sink or slouch on the ground, your body will take its natural position as you rest on the floor. Remember, all good things come to those who wait, so stick to it even if it feels uncomfortable at first and train yourself to sleep on your back which is the best sleeping position for your body.
You can make it easier by placing a pillow or a rolled-up towel under your knees and a very soft pillow at the back of your head. This will help reduce the pressure on your lower back and pelvis.
If you find sleeping on the hard floor impractical due to age, harsh weather, or a certain health condition, visit your local store or order a floor pad online instead of a mattress to cushion your body. There are a variety of floor pads to choose from including, closed-cell foam pads, air pads, and self-inflating pads.
Closed-foam pads –just as the name suggests, these are made of dense foam filled with closed-air cells and come folded in a zigzag formation making them easy to move around or store away.
Air pads have insulation to increase warmth and are lightweight making them ideal for backpacking. Inflating them is easy since all you do is blow in air using your mouth.
Self–inflating pads –combine both aspects of foam and air insulation. Immediately you open the pad`s valve, they automatically fill with air. They are very comfortable to lie on.
So, go for it! Try out this new (or should I say old) way of sleeping and see if it works for you. You could end up reaping the benefits recorded up here and say goodbye to back pain and unrest fewer nights of tossing and turning. If you require a bit of cushioning, go for the pads suggested above and enjoy blissful and productive days ahead.