Before humans had beds where did they sleep?

United States
September 16, 2010 9:45pm CST
Please don't look it up online. In your mind, where or what do you think people sleep in before the development of beds? I have no idea right now about that question. I can't even imagine a place to sleep, maybe a cave but where in the cave? On the ground? But it stinks there.
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
17 Sep 10
People slept in caves or on the ground, just like the animals do. There were also places where people built make-shift shelters out of natural resources available to them in their areas, such as igloos in the arctic regions...
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@daliaj (5689)
• India
17 Sep 10
I don't know if you know the answer or you are just trying to collect answers from Mylotters. I think people slept on floor at old ages. Then, later they put clothes on floor and they slept on them. Then, they made mats out of fried leaves of certain plants like pineapple and slept on them. I can sleep anywhere if I am sleepy. I don't really need a bed.
• United States
17 Sep 10
Like I said I had no idea but after reading some of the mylotters opinions I now have some. Fried leaves? wow I never heard of that but that is cool.
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
I guess daliaj meant "dried" leaves :)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
I would guess that people before sleeps on grassland because they're soft. If it's inside a cave maybe they make bed out of leaves since the cave floor is hard. Necessity is the Mother of invention, so I guess even if they don't have beds yet during ancient times they have the initiative to at least make themselves comfortable while they're sleeping. So I guess they have beds made from indigenous materials.
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
I meant they make themselves comfortable "for" sleeping.
• United States
17 Sep 10
Yeah that makes sense. Just like animals we would have some sort of comfort zone. Dogs have their den, bats have trees and caves, thanks.
@SilverKing (1023)
• Canada
17 Sep 10
I believe that before human slept on beds that they slept on soft items such as hay or grass.This was a lot less cleanly due to the fact that the grass and hay could have bugs and dirt on it often making peoples hair smell and become dirty.People back then had it rough in so many ways and Im sure glad that i am here in this modern era where we have running water, power , computers , cars and food that we can pick up at the super market.I can't even begin to imagine how hard it was living day to day back then and only want to read about it in text books.
• United States
17 Sep 10
Why do we have to be clean?
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
17 Sep 10
on the floor? probably on animal skins and covered with them.
• United States
17 Sep 10
Don't you think they sleep on a bench or somewhere elevated so bugs and other creatures won't easily get on them?
@catalady (363)
17 Sep 10
Hi Gorilla, well I know for a fact that medieval people slept on animal furs or on straw, or sacking stuffed with hay or straw..which made a kind of bed. I think humans are pretty resourceful and do like their comforts so will utilise anything found in the area to make themselves a comfortable and warm bed.
• United States
17 Sep 10
That makes sense like someone already said somewhere in this discussion. Humans are indeed pretty resourceful.
• United Kingdom
17 Sep 10
Well, I'm not going to carry out any research online regarding this but I will try and recall some of the pictures in my mind from having read certain books and watched particular movies! I dread to think about the sleeping experiences of the cavemen and cavewomen of old! I'm sure that their backs really suffered as a consequence of sleeping on the cold hard ground in caves! Caves are the most likely scenario! There are probably lots of other ideas too but I cannot think about them right now. I'm just glad that I'm living in the present world where we have proper beds to sleep in. I'm also thinking that perhaps there was the option to sleep on a brance in a tree! Perhaps I've seen too many movies with these images depicted! Andrew
• United States
17 Sep 10
I just thought that maybe if we go back and sleep the way our ancestors did we won't have bedsores and stuff like that. I think that our backs were a lot less sensitive than today because now we are used to the comfort of a bed.
@YamiKiba (938)
• United States
17 Sep 10
I would think in a cave. . .or in the grasslands depending on their location. Maybe some of them lived in trees like monkeys did, like in Tarzan haha.
• United States
17 Sep 10
The Tarzan reasoning might just work if it's like in a tropical countries where there would be lots of trees.
@KateVonP (172)
• United States
17 Sep 10
I would most definately think that they slept on the ground. On some sort of make shift bed made out of something from nature. You would think that would be a horrible thing to do but they never knew of beds if they didn't exist yet so it may be great to them to make beds from leaves, hay and other things from nature rather than just sleep on the hard ground.
• United States
17 Sep 10
No, it wouldn't be that horrible if they never knew what mattresses are yet. I think if it is comfortable it is probably the best at the moment for them.
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
What I think is that people sleep in the ground, anywhere when Adan and Eve was created. Just a hypotheses because there is nothing to worry out there in nature.
• United States
17 Sep 10
That was a myth. There are many things that can kill us in nature.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
If there is no bed then of course anyone can just sleep on the ground. The ancient people did sleep on the ground of course but they had for sure slept on grassy grounds and have perhaps added more comfort by cushioning them with leaves. No all grounds stink. If you will read the Bible, you will read that God made all things good. So the ground that God gave was good and not stinking. I supposed they really slept on the grassy ground. Then later of course since God gave them brains, they used woods to create their own crude kind of bed till the bed gets better and better through the passing of time.
• United States
17 Sep 10
Not all people back then were written in the bible. The people in the bible was limited to the people prophets learned about. Those people are mostly in Europe and northern Africa. So what do you think people who live in tropical places sleep at night at?
@primeaque86 (8112)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
Do you watch survivors shows? well it portrays how our old folks use to sleep at night before... of course I guess they also have what we called beds now, but it is totally different. You can also read a lot of history books, there you will know the lifestyle of our fellows hundreds of years ago... We are so lucky today that we can already lay on our back with a smooth thingie called bed...
• United States
17 Sep 10
Survivor shows like Man VS. Wild? or the reality TV show with pseudo tribes and someone wins at the end?
@venkit (2957)
• India
17 Sep 10
on floor, whats problem in it? me still slleps on floor some days,i dont feel anything strange on it.
• United States
17 Sep 10
There is no problem with that I'm just asking how you think because I'm interested on people's opinion on my topics.
• United States
19 Sep 10
They slept on the ground. haven't you ever spread out a blanket at the beach and taken a nap? Well, I assume they slept the same way except it was in a field . Or how about in a hayloft. Remember the Nativity story? Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, a hayloft? This was way before pavement was made, most of the earth had grass on it so they found a place that was secluded and went to sleep.
@Sidoghosh (174)
• India
17 Sep 10
On the ground perhaps ..by creating a foundation using soft grass and leaves cmon even animals know to make beds using straws and leaves and we humans are much brighter than em.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
17 Sep 10
Beds were not always around for our sleeping convenience. the floor has been around for quite some time for us to recline on.
• Bulgaria
17 Sep 10
I have good experiance last year from a vacation tent so good that i think again to get there=Then i slept on some semblance of my bed but there was nothing.But definitely prefer to sleep in soft beds than on land