Sleeping on the floor

Alex (@staylucky) 9 years, 2 months ago

A few years ago, during one of the many nights I lay awake thinking of how much I didn’t want to go to work the next day, I had this sudden urge to understand something closer to my being. So I took the sheets and pillows off my bed and slept without clothes on my mattress, and it was a strange and interesting experience.

So as of Friday I decided to teach myself to stop “needing” things and have been sleeping on my beanbag in this very narrow space between my bed and balcony door. The idea in my head at the moment is to train myself to be able to sleep on the beanbag and then to simply sleep on the floor.

No saying what my spine is going to have to say about this but I have a strong urge to be able to do this. I feel as though it could potentially provide some insightful discipline.

Anyone done something similar?

March 3, 2013 at 7:35 am
Equel (11) (@equel) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, id say-
you already have this discipline in the awareness that you “need” things.
get a good night sleep.
however you like-

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adam (71) (@adamd) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

I’ve been sleeping on the floor for 3 or 4 years now. It started for me that I was moving around so much that I didn’t feel like moving a bed each time so it started as a ‘temporary’ thing but shit… now it’s been 3 or 4 years lol. Honestly I love it. It makes you dependent upon one less material object. I travel with people and camp a lot and people are always complaining about either the bed not being as comfortable as there one at home or they don’t like sleeping on the ground in nature. Dirt is softer than the floor in my room and when I travel and stay in hotels or even motels it feels as though I am being treated like a king to sleep in a bed. It really makes you appreciate the little things :)

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Kristian Jaded (75) (@mentalkink) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, There was something somewhat similar, that I did when I was a child. (But I didnt really put it into words when I was younger – cuz I didnt have to, it was a feeling, but non the less most of my family thought odd of me lol)

My grandmother lived on a farm and I was always at the barn with the animals, horses, cats, dogs, mice, bugs lol. I was prob about 11 at the time and I was reading a book that was about evolution among other things. But I got the idea that it was ridiculous that we took up so much space in homes, and used so many things to ‘keep us warm’. we are all just animals, and we have the ability to take up less space, but mostly we have to ability to live through weather and the earths motions like animals do.

SO I began sleeping in the barn! I would sneak out of my window at night ( I was on the second floor – but we had a emergency latter that was down the side of the kids window thats was always unrolled, so I used it.) At first I knew I would be cold because I wasn’t used to it yet, so I brought my blankets and made a bed beside the cats, behind my horse Goldie.

Eventually throughout the time I began using less and less blankets and clothing. I was trying to evolve and live among my fellow animals. It was kind of amazing, by the weekend all the cats were laying on me, and my horse Goldie trusted me enough there with her that she laid down on her side to sleep (cats sleeping on her as well) and was not frightened my me.

One particularly beautiful morning, I remember it, the sun was shining in the barn door, I felt so relaxed, soo peacefull, everything was just how it was supposed to be and I felt amazing. Normally i would crawl back into the front kitchen door and either pretend I just woke up or go back to bed. but today I didn’t want to leave them because it seemed like everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves, so I stayed. Eventually I heard people screaming my name, turns out it was afternoon now, the cats had scattered, my horse Goldie was standing up all freaked from everyone yelling. And my family thought I had run away and got hit by a car or something cuz they couldn’t find me (my gramma lived on a huge farm, very far from civilization and neighbors) They were upset, my gramma just smiles cheekishly at me lol

Now thinking about it, I still stand behind the idea. But because we were blessed with a cognitive intellect, does it give us more reason to build a home and take up more space?

I think that we have fallen away from out instincts, and fallen more on our brain.(even though it dosent seem like it in some people) and is this a good thing?>

Its kind of reminds me of the movie, Where The Wild Things Are, Ive never read the book, but the movie was magnificant, one of my favs.

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Suereyya (164) (@drapetomania) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@mentalkink, that sounds awesome!!

@staylucky, I love sleeping on the floor. I did this for a few years but now it’s only occasionally. It started when I was around 8 or so. I would always fall out of bed because I moved around so much. Then I decided to just sleep on the floor, since I’ll end up there sooner or later anyway.
I think it’s very comfortable, don’t know what people are complaining about :)

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Anonymous (2) (@) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, I have taken some cold showers after reading some article on this website that was about just doing stuff and not being a bitch about it. I’m definitely going to start doing it again like tomorrow. I agree about what you and others in this post have said about “needing” things and complaining about plushy beds. Recently, a classmate in my English class was complaining about how the school switched from Microsoft Word to Google Docs because he loathed the fact that Google Docs didn’t have spell check. @mentalkink, I think we have fallen away from our instincts too. I think the cliche of not appreciating what you have until you’ve lost it is really what everyone is guilty of. Everyone is so obsessed with all the luxury of today that not a lot of those people think about if they really need any of that. And if they do need it, they’ll be upset that its not the “best” they could have.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, Last year for a few months I slept on the floor even though my bed was 4 feet away. I was jobless and sleeping alot. I got tired of sleeping on my bed or couch.

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Edward Bernays (131) (@edwardbernays) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, my dad did this as a kid. He did it to train himself to sleep anywhere. He also did it to prepare himself for the army I believe. Now he can fall asleep anywhere, any time.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@spaceghost, ” I got tired of sleeping on my bed or couch.” “Tired” of “sleeping”… tired.. of sleeping. Whoa.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, eh, to each their own. But in the times I’ve slept on the floor, in fact in times when I sleep anywhere other than my bed, I don’t sleep well. Except of course for camping trips. Maybe it’s all the fresh air, idk. But I sleep well in a tent.

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Joseph (114) (@warriors41) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

Ya the floor makes me feel more grounded and I don’t have to worry about my limbs sticking out over the bed. My parents always think i’m weird, but sleeping on the floor usually makes me feel more rested. I love waking up and then sitting up and then realizing that you then have to stand up, as opposed to crawling out of the high bed still half asleep haha

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yoinkie (1,498)C (@yoinkie) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, There are a lot of spine and back problems related to sleeping on the floor especially if your body has become accustom to sleepin on a bed for so long. IMO you should find something else to give up, as your overall health is much more important then having the peace of mind that you can live without a bed. You could have long term problems, and having seen back problems in my dad, Uncle, and a few friends….I can tell you that it will in many ways ruin your life. Also, if you are moving and awaking often when sleeping on the floor, that isnt really fair to your mind and body to not get a full sleep in, as your muscles and brain grow during sleep stages.

Id say go see a doctor and talk to him/her about it before you choose to make this your new lifestyle.

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Edward Bernays (131) (@edwardbernays) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, Also forgot to mention above, the BEST sleep I ever had was when I worked at a summer camp and we slept outside one night. The camp provided one tarp per cabin. My lazy idea was to lay the tarp on the ground instead of constructing a makeshift tent. There wasn’t enough room for all of us to sleep on it so I let the kids and my co-counselor. Another cabin joined us,so there was a lot of kids. I slept on the bare rock ground of the Canadian Shield. I stayed up real late as I saw it as my role to be guardian as a was the eldest. I woke refreshed at 5am in the predawn darkness with a light rain falling on me. It was bliss.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@edwardbernays, Sounds badass!

I love those wilderness sleeps where you don’t really give a rats ass about your surroundings.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, Yea, I’m aware of how weird that is as a phrase, because I typed it. Thanks for sharing.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

^ I think it might be that time of the month.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, What is so bad about a little bit of banter?

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@spaceghost, No problem! Here’s another.. “I was jobless and sleeping a lot.” Jobless..and sleeping a lot… Jobless.. and sleeping..a lot.

@staylucky, Indeed. But ‘bantering’ seems to help.

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Fuck that! Beds are awesome!

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owenkellogg (34) (@owenkellogg) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

It’s great to hear these stories! The ancient Stoics and Cynics practiced this same thing to train themselves to do without material attachments.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

I’ve spent the last few nights on the floor with a blanket and pillow and crawl into bed around 6 for a couple more hours when I usually wake up. So far, so good!

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, what’s your deal?

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

Your sarcasm was an invitation.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@adamm0ss, Thanks for dissecting everything I’m posting and telling me my grammatical errors and phrasing mistakes. :)

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