Hi I am Lucie Fink and this is five days of
sleeping on the floor. Here it goes! Hey guys. Welcome to our YouTube channel! If you are new please click right here to and subscribe right now. Otherwise, welcome the heck back! It’s good to see you! You look good. I always ask you guys to comment on my video with suggestions for future videos ideas. So when I saw one commented asking me to try five days of sleeping on the floor and I saw how many thumbs up the comment got. I just knew that I had to suck it up and do it. It doesn’t sound fun though, right? I mean it’s not something I was excited about. But that is just the way this works. And I don’t only do these challenges for myself but I also do them for you. So that I can try things you might be interested in and give you a little taste of it. So this one is for you. Not me! The first thing I did today was contact a doctor. I am not sure if you know Doctor Mike is. But here is a brief overview. He has over two million Instagram followers. He is a DO, which is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. And he is a board certified Family Medicine Doctor. So he’s the real deal! But he is also my friend. So earlier today I FaceTimed with him because I needed to ask him a few questions before I just dove right onto the floor. The floor is so hard. It often cuts of circulation to really important body parts and it puts pressure on certain body parts that are also very sensitive. I don’t think it’s the end of the world and I don’t think you are putting yourself in any danger. But expect to need an extra cup of coffee in the morning. To take his skepticism one step further. I also came across an article online that was written by a Refinery 29 wellness writer. Telling me basically the exact same thing. It’s not good to sleep too hard of a surface. Your quality of sleep might be disrupted. etcetera, etcetera. But! If you tried watching Try Living With Lucie in the past you know there is usually a but. Not this kind of butt. A google search for sleeping on the floor, yields a whole universe of positive results from people who say that they swear by this. And that sleeping on the floor has changed their lives, improved their posture, corrected back pain and a whole slew of other things. That’s when it’s time for me to just take maters into my own hands and try it myself. There is my old sleeping spot. And here’s tonight’s sleeping spot. Tonight I’m laying my yoga mat, one pillow and one blanket. Here we go! Hi. I had a ridiculously horrific, horrendous nights sleep. I seriously cannot stress this enough. I actually started out fine. But as the night progressed I felt exactly the opposite of what pro sleeping on the floor people say. Which is that your circulation is going to feel improved. I felt like my circulation was cutoff. I’m not sure if this scientifically what was happening but it did feel like certain pressure points on the backs of my feet and also my back and my tailbone, where just digging into the earth so hard. Cutting off proper circulation. I was also pretty cold. Which is no surprise because heat rises. So naturally the floor is going to be the coldest part in the room. But the blanket that I had to protect myself was just not big enough. So I would pull it to cover my right arm and my then left leg would get exposed. And then I would try to cover my right leg and then my left arm was was out in the air. Highly infective blanket. Any way it was a horrible, horrible night sleep. I truly could not, not recommend this challenge anymore. Then I can right now. It was just total body soreness as if I have done some rigorous workout the day before. Which I had not. So I stretched a little bit and then I did what Dr. Mike told me and poured myself a huge cup of coffee. Which I needed to get through the day. And tonight I am just going to do it all over again. No, no, no! I really don’t want to. No. No. You hear that siren? Imagine hearing that internally just all night. I set up for the night with my yoga mat, two pillows beneath my head this time. A tempurpedic pillow beneath my body that I used as body cushion. And two blankets this time to keep warm. I dressed in a long sleeve and long pants pajama set. Just to keep warmer than I was then I was in my shorts. And I also had Michael tuck me in like a burrito before I was going to bed. Just to avoid any exposed limbs. Got my pimple cream on. Ready to get tucked into bed for round two. Completely tuck me in. So I have my butt on the ground. And then the body pillow was underneath my lower back all the way up to my neck. And this caused my back to do a slight arch thing as I was sleeping. Which is just not comfortable. Don’t ever do that. I don’t know what else to say. And when I woke up in the morning the arch in my back felt as if I was doing cow position all night long. And I don’t know if you know yoga well but there is a cow when you are arching your back and a cat where you are actually rounding your spine. So when I woke in the morning and it felt like, ugh sirens stop! I have a headache! So when I woke up in the morning and my back was arched like this, into cow. I needed to come to the living room and cat position to counteract that arch. As you can see here I have been getting really terrible night’s sleep. Like on and off waking up throughout the night. I’m feeling sore all over. And really disheveled and tired. So tonight, I am going to try to switch up the sleeping location and I am actually going to try to sleep out here. And I am hoping that a location change will help a little bit. Here goes night number three. Whoopty doo. I feel that is necessary for me start this webcam by telling you that this is a perfect embodiment of the way I feel right now. Which is just totally torn apart. And disheveled. I didn’t really think that things could get much worse after Monday and Tuesday. But I was really, really wrong. Firstly I moved away from this floor region and into the living room. So I could mix it up get a new environment. Yadda, yadda, yadda. I brought my yoga mat, two pillows, my body pillow, one big blanket and then one small blanket. Because it was warmer so I didn’t feel like I needed two heavy blankets. And I faced myself towards the television and created a little makeshift bedroom area for myself. This time I put my body pillow in a lower position so it was under my butt too and it didn’t cause that back arch. And things were actually going great. I fell asleep pretty easily at first. But then I was hot, I was cold, I was comfortable. I was not comfortable. My pillow was too hard, my pillow was too flimsy. I must have changed the temperature in the living room 80 times last night. The body pillow I used was a little too squishy. So I took it off and I replaced it with a folded blanket. But that was not squishy enough. It was miserable. Miserable! Les Misérables status up in here. And today has been the worst of the days. Naturally because it’s now been the longest amount of time that I have gone without a goodnight sleep. So my head has been pounding all day. And I woke up this morning and tried to go to a medication class. Forget about it. I cannot do mediation in the morning when I haven’t slept well for three days. Because I was just so tired and falling asleep. And of course part of the meditation practice was lying down on the floor. And there I was comfortably sleeping on the floor in mediation class. Yet I can’t do that here. What is the deal? Tonight I am going to go no phone and no TV. I am just going to read a book and hope that it calms my mind before I try to go to bed. Guess what guys? I finally slept! Woohoo! Last night set up right here was my yoga mat, one pillow, the body pillow, and one blanket. So amidst all of my stress yesterday of me telling my coworkers how horribly I have been sleeping and how restless I’ve been at night. One of them asked me which direction I was facing. And that’s not something that ever popped into my mind before. But I told her I was facing north. And her jaw dropped. She told me to do some research on feng shui and the best direction to face when you sleep. And as discovered, a many an article on the internet, facing north is a recipe for disaster. It’s called the death position. So that should tell you something. So last night in addition to the zen and calming environment that I created on the floor. I was also making sure that I was facing west. Which is supposedly good. I lit a whole row of candles. I did a ten minute meditation practice sitting up on my yoga mat. I started a new book. It was all good and the it was all the best way to put my mind at ease and get ready to sleep. Anyway tonight is Friday and it’s last night of this challenge. And I am headed back into the bedroom tonight with my yoga mat, two pillows and two blankets. I gotta be honest with you here because I always try to be honest on this series. This is not a challenge I would recommend. And I’m not doubting that plenty of people out there have found sleeping on the floor has healed their back pain. Or corrected their posture. So by all means if you are one of those people who loves to do this. You do you! But I definitely think that the biggest thing to think about here is being comfortable. And if you are not comfortable in the floor you are not going to get a good quality of sleep. And if you don’t get a good quality of sleep, that’s not good. Getting bad quality of sleep this week has made my mind foggy. Its given me headaches. It’s made my body ache and more. So for the rest of my life I am going to be on a mattress unless there is not one in sight. Comment below and and let me know what other challenges you want to see me try on Try Living with Lucie. But remember that I read your comments and I actually will try the challenges that you suggest. So make sure you want to suggest something that is more fun than this one. Maybe a luxurious facials. Or five days of eating cake. I don’t know just a thought. See you next time! Hey guys thanks for coming back to our channel. Click here for another video on Refinery 29. Right here to subscribe to us on YouTube. Definitely click that one. And right here for my personal YouTube channel if you want to see more vlogs. Bye!