This article resonated with me.

I have slept on air mattresses in the van and they were very comfortable but they popped pretty quick and I didn’t want to repair them. 

Now my “mattress” is a about 4 comforters piled on top of each other.  It works great.  I still have aches sometimes but when I’m house sitting, the fancy mattresses don’t seem to help.  Sometimes the couches are pretty comfortable.  I like having something behind my back when I’m sleeping. 

Check out the photo in the website I linked of the New Guinean female sleeping on a woodpile.  I’m sure there are days I could do that.  If you are tired enough you can sleep anywhere.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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3 Responses to Sleep

  1. Ryu says:

    Good article. Comfort can be a dangerous thing.

  2. geezer says:

    A short story:
    Spending time in a overheated boardinghouse , I was in the habit of moderating the temperature by leaving window opened a gap. This worked fine until I dozed off on the ( lumpy uncomfortable ) bed with my back to the window gap , on awaking a hour or so later , I found myself in agony , as if someone replaced my spine with a glass rod , then shattered it.
    For the next two weeks ,I found the best comfort was from sleeping on the carpeted floor , flat on my back , and just before going to sleep , doing a total body/muscle stretch .
    This was during my working period , now I’m constrained to use my sisters furniture ( and bed ), and I sleep in soft , luxurious comfort , when I can sleep , for however long ( usually short ) period

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