Over 80% of American adults will experience back pain at some point in their life, ranging from everyday pain to a debilitating, stinging sensation. So it’s understandable that at least some people would consider seemingly insane things to suppress this pain, such as sleeping on a hard wooden floor.
It is a measure that has long been practiced by soldiers and soldiers and has some reputation in the medical community. Basically the idea is that beds are too soft for the spine. They allow for a C-shaped curvature, which puts strain on the vertebrae and neck, which increases back pain. A piece of ground, it is thought, would force a sleeper to lie flat on a firm, supportive surface.
But that’s an over-correction, according to Men’s Health reports. There is no scientific evidence that sleeping on the floor relieves back pain, treats sciatica, or improves posture. The move likely has its stubborn streak, as some people have seen anecdotal successes, especially short-term. An initial change from a mattress that is far too soft could relieve back pain.
However, that’s a sign that you could just go for a firmer mattress. Bed brands like Casper are now labeling their listings based on firmness or plushness so you can make an informed purchase, but there are DIY solutions too – Harvard Health recommends placing a sheet of plywood under your mattress.
Also, keep in mind that there are so many non-sleep related things you can do over the course of a week to give your back the relief it deserves, such as setting up a WFH area in with your eyes focused on the top third of your computer screen. Back pain is brutal – we get it – but you won’t solve it on the cold, dusty floor.
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