The past few challenges were relatively easy, so I decided to kick things up a notch. And what better way to do that than by sleeping on the floor for five days?

I thought it would be a good idea.

It wasn’t.

Not only was is super uncomfortable, but it made me realize many of the challenges I’ve done have brought me no long-term benefits other than the ability to say I completed them. As such, I’ve decided to focus on challenges that will bring true value to my life rather than performing “stunts” that mess with my productivity and happiness.

The first night was the worst. I slept directly on the hardwood floor with no mattress, no pillow, and no cover. Well, that’s not entirely true. I tried sleeping without a cover, but I kept waking up because I was cold, so I relented halfway through the night.

The second night was a little better because I added a thin cushion to my sleeping accessories. It started the night tucked between my lower back and the floor but ended up serving as a makeshift pillow.

The third night was even better because I upgraded to a pillow. While more comfortable than the cushion, it didn’t make much of a difference.

The fourth night was by far the best because I allowed myself two pillows—one for my head, and one for my lower back.

On the fifth and final night, I slept with a pillow and a workout mat. It was only a quarter of an inch thick, so the padding was minimal, but it helped assuage the stiffness that came from sleeping on a hard surface.

All things considered, I’m glad I did this challenge because I’d been wanting to try it for a long time. But I don’t plan on doing it again anytime soon. It also made me realize I need to be careful about the types of challenges I undertake. They must bring value to my life, otherwise, they’re of no use to me.