It has  been a while now, since I have written a blog, and all because I have been  busy moving, and selling my house, and most of my belongings.This lead me to experience my 1st night in my old bedroom completely empty, of belongings and a mattress !

I have slept many a time before, on the floor, or ground, and depending where I have slept, I usually enjoyed the experience. This time, however, I noticed how I slept much better without a mattress.  I also noticed how I liked the room empty of belongings. I felt more serene, and less cluttered in my head.

So then its true, isn’t it, all that stuff about Feng Shui. This ancient Chinese system is all about allowing the Qi to flow in the best possible way – the meeting of heaven and earth. And my body really did notice the meeting of the earth. My body was able to experience the magnetic pull of the earth below my body. This has a strong grounding effect . We all have experienced this when we have lay outdoors, in nature, on the grass, or on a sandy beach.  Indoors you will notice that some houses will have a more powerful affect on your body depending on the type of building it is.

We all know the famous yoga Corpse or Shavasana pose. Where lying down on our back flat with no pillow allows for the blood to flow to the head. This posture helps to relax the whole psycho-physiological system. It also develops body awareness, and may help with anxiety;  insomnia and blood pressure.  For 1000’s of years the great yogis knew how beneficial it was to rest and relax in this posture, on the ground, and without a pillow. And to think we think we have become more civilised by introducing mattresses and pillows !!!



Until  you experience this ancient posture, you will not realise the wonderful health benefits. So many of us suffer from back ache, and neck problems today, caused by many a thing from eating the wrong food; sitting all day in the wrong posture; and basically not sleeping with the awareness of avoiding the use of a mattress and pillow,what we call a civilised sleeping arrangement – a bed .

What about the contents of a duvet or quilt, and pillow etc these days ? Plus what chemicals do we use to wash these sheets and blankets?

I  have been sleeping without a pillow for a number of years. I tend to use a soft  type of pillow, and bundle it under my abdomen, as I tend to lie on my front mostly in Matsya Kridasana (flapping fish pose). Lying on my front with a pillow under my abdomen, helps to straighten out my lower back and improve my posture and chi. I noticed these benefits, and have never reverted back to using a pillow under my head.

I think I was born a Yogini,  but aren’t we all?

You may notice to begin with a few strange discomforts as the body has been used to sleeping on a mattress, but persevere, and you may notice a few positive changes taking place within your joints and your general health. It is really worth it!

So here are some of the benefits of sleeping on the floor on a bamboo mat; thick rug or Thai massage mattress:-

  • its cheaper for starters so if you are a green-minimalist like my self its just the best

    My Thai mattress

    My Thai mattress

  • it creates more space in your bedroom
  • and its easy to clean and no making beds up any more
  • if you are into travelling or staying at someone’s house then you are a most welcome easy to please guest
  • you will eventually feel less groggy and less stiff in the mornings, as all the chi / Qi is flowing better
  • creating space between each joint and space around you will allow for the heaven and earth Qi to flow better and so increase light within your body
  • if you do it gradually,  like anything in this life it will make the transition better
  • if you suffer from allergies you will be free from mites and feathers if you use a bamboo mat or thai massage mat
  • you can expect to feel much healthier in the mornings, as you are being super charged with the earths electrical magnetic pull which helps to reduce inflammation and all sorts of things within the body – for more information see Walking Barefoot and reconnecting to Mother Earth
  • you become much more aware of your body posture and create more relaxation
  • and because of this you can dream more  –  I like to use them as an indicator to many things in my life
  • your breathing will improve because of your posture and also less contacts with all the chemicals in the sheets and duvets
  • less washing  of course
  • I did read  somewhere and this made me laugh “if you stay at hotel and there is a stain on the mattress you will never have to worry about it
  • if you have children they will find this all great fun!!
  • if you are very flexible, then you will benefit greatly from sleeping on the floor, as mattresses will dissipate your body Qi
  • if you are feeling unwell with a upset stomach or anything similar, try sleeping on the floor, it will help you feel better
  • if you are not really adventurous then try a futon instead
  • and last of all – less in best

The benefits are amazing and far outweigh the few transitional discomforts if you may experience. I dream better , I sleep better and I feel rejuvenated in the morning.  I know my Qi is flowing better to my head.


Health is Wealth 
Love and Gratitude
Susan Laing



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