Disadvantages of sleeping on the floor

It is probably that you may have seen some images of a design room with a floor mattress. In effect, without a mattress. Many have thought that is an interesting proposal (at least aesthetically), but eventually, we all come to the famous question at the head: Is it healthy or not?

Disadvantages of sleeping on the floor

Although the idea of the mattress on the floor is old as its predecessor, the hippy movement, it has been classified as “modern” for many people. The tendencies of minimalism have led us to believe that less is more, so there is no space in the room for elements such as the bed frame.

What are the disadvantages of sleeping on the floor?

There are opinions in favor and detractors of this new trend. In addition, while sleeping on the floor may have some advantages, especially for those suffering from back pain, sciatica, etc; there are some disadvantages of sleeping on the floor that you should consider. In this article, we will analyze the main cons of sleeping on the floor.

Mobilize the mattress daily:

sleeping on the floor implies the use of a futon. Futons are surfaces of about 10-14 inches thick, traditionally stuffed with natural cotton and straw. The futon is placed on the tatami, an interlaced paddy straw mat that can cover the entire floor of the room or be used in small panels that protrude a little from the surface of the futon and can be collected after hours of sleep. Specifically, the futon should be aerated during the day, since cotton absorbs moisture from our perspiration during the night.

Cost of buying a good futon:

The cheapest futons are not filled with traditional cotton, but use synthetic fibers that allow even less perspiration than this. The natural fibers, more appropriate as far as hygiene is concerned, increase the price of the futon a lot. With use, the futon fibers lose their usual sponginess and become flatter and harder. Coupled with the fact that we are sleeping on the floor, this can cause back problems, or aggravate them if they already existed. There are options that have latex to alleviate this effect, but, again, this will increase the cost when taking the futon home.

Less hygiene:

The floor is one of the dirtiest places in the home where insects, spiders, etc. settle. The use of a conventional mattress means that there is insulation between the surface of the ground and our body. This isolates insects, spores, animal hairs, allergens, etc. If you have a carpeted floor, the reception of dust is greater. On the other hand, if your floor is made of wood or ceramic, the possibility of keeping it clean and free of allergens is much greater. You should also take into account that you need to ventilate the room every day to avoid the entry of dust and mites.

It is difficult to sleep as a couple:

life as a couple can be compromised since sleeping on the floor means sleeping apart. Those who prefer to sleep on the floor have difficulty sleeping with another person, as it is very uncomfortable.

It is not suitable for the elderly or people with certain pathologies:

According to Dr. Carter older people may have difficulty sleeping comfortably and get up to the other day. Generally, we are used to sleeping in a fetal position, face down or face up, with the support of a pillow. In cases of cervical issues, lumbago, joint disorders in elderly people, sleeping on the floor can make the discomfort worse. This is important, as it can hinder locomotion in the next day and consequently bring muscular pains.

An adaptation is needed:

While it is true that sleeping on a worn mattress is very counterproductive for people with back problems, sleeping on the floor is not always the best solution. In many cases, it is advisable to use a firm mattress that allows better positioning of the back without the hardness of the floor.

It is colder:

in winter it can be a great difficulty to sleep warmly considering that the floor is a cold surface. Although this effect can be reduced with the acquisition of a futon, it does not provide heat, but rather isolation. In such a case, a blanket can be used.


While it may be a viable option for some people, especially those who advocate a minimalist lifestyle and are young, sleeping on the floor may have more disadvantages than advantages for those living as a couple and for the elderly.

You may achieve the disadvantages of sleeping on the floor causes of the bad sleeping position. Let’s check this video to learn how your sleeping position affects your health.

Sleeping on the floor does not favor the natural position of the spine, which is slightly concave. As a result of sleeping on a flat surface, the weight of the organs pushes the spine down, leading it to stay in an unnatural position. For this reason and for the others mentioned above, it is advisable to analyze well the advantages and disadvantages when deciding to sleep on the floor.

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  • Jan
    at 4:01 am

    This may be interesting and make valid points but the writing is so bad I couldn’t finish it.

  • Krissy
    at 2:36 pm

    I’m late to this, but it came up in my news feed, and I agree. The author lost credibility from the statement that floor sleeping is as old as the hippie movement (other cultures have been doing it for centuries). Also, the assumption that you have to have a futon and tatami mat. It’s kind of ignorant, really.

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