Is Sleeping on the Floor Good or Bad for Your Health?
“Sleep like a yogi” – If you are into yoga or Vedic life, you must have heard of this phrase. According to Manu Smriti, if you wish to be free of the repercussions of your actions, you must practise austerities such as sleeping on the bare ground, among other things.
But is it healthy for you to sleep on the floor?
People have even abandoned their beds in favour of sleeping on the floor, thanks to the growing popularity of minimalist living.
The concept has some merit. A soft mattress does not have a lot of support. It causes your body to sink, allowing your spine to bend, which results in back pain. There is no scientific evidence that floor sleeping relieves back pain. Nonetheless, several people say that it offers relief.
Though some people report feeling better after sleeping on the floor, there are possible side effects such as back pain and trouble maintaining the spine’s natural curve.
Not just that, the floor contains lots of dust and dirt compared to other surfaces around the home. And if you have carpet, it would absorb allergens such as dust, dust mites, mould, and other contaminants. Sleeping on the floor can induce sneezing, runny nose, itchy, red eyes, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing if you are allergic to these substances.
Your floor can be the house of germs and pests- How much dusting you do, some germs and insects always pop up and spread diseases. Cockroaches are the most common pest in our houses at the time of summer.
Cockroaches have several negative effects on human health because certain proteins (referred to as allergens) present in cockroach faeces, saliva, and body parts can pose a health risk or trigger asthma symptoms, especially in children.
Cockroaches can also passively carry bacteria, including pathogens that are potentially harmful to humans, on their body surfaces. E.coli and Salmonella are two examples.
E. coli and Salmonella are two of the most common causes of food poisoning, also known as gastroenteritis. Popular signs include abdominal pain, extreme stomach cramps and tenderness, bloody diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting.
Some people can develop extreme diarrhoea, which may lead to dehydration and necessitate hospitalization. In rare cases, the bacteria can invade the bloodstream and cause potentially lethal infections.
Seems like the idea of sleeping on the floor is not that good! But you still want to sleep on the floor and want to be safe too. Don’t worry. These problems can be mitigated by professional help and a few measures.
You can do cleaning just before going to sleep to eliminate dust and dirt.
Use a clean sheet to sleep on so that no mould or dust can cause skin infection and allergies.
To keep pest out of your house, try to take preventive measures. But if you still find them in your house, get help from the professional from time to time to keep them away.
Shrishti is pursuing Bachelors of Agriculture from Amity University, Noida. She has a passion for blogging and a keen interest in the field of food safety and standards. She has also been associated with Krishi Jagran Media Group in the marketing division as e-commerce business development manager.