Celibacy/Abstinence/Sleeping on the Floor


Should I sleep on the floor?

Why do monks sleep on the floor?

What are the health benefits/risks of sleeping on the floor vs. mattress?

1. Sleeping on a hard, level surface offers better spinal posture & relaxes the muscles deep, leading to proper rejuvenation of the musculo-skeletal system. This in turn leads to better rest, health and well being. The body & organs will be rightly refresh upon completion of sleep. A few hours of such sleep suffice to refresh oneself, unlike on a heavily cushioned mattress, where one does not enjoy deep sleep.

2. Sleeping on soft/cushioned surfaces also poses a higher chance for sexual stimulation.

3. The act of simplicity reminds the renunciate of detachment with worldly afflictions. That joy is unparalleled.

Sleeping on a simple quilt or bed sheet laid on a clean carpet is a good option. Sleeping on the bare ground is to be avoided.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)


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