How Do Astronauts Sleep in Space?


Have you ever wondered how astronauts sleep up in space? As you already know, there’s no gravity in outer space, so how does one get a good “night’s” sleep if there is not only that but no sense of day and night? Excellent questions! Since a very tiny number of people have ever left the Earth, it is difficult to imagine what it would be like sleeping in a spaceship without your favorite Orange County mattress. Luckily, through the power of the Internet, we are able to find the answers to many of life’s curiosities in a matter of seconds – and that includes the ones regarding the vast world of space. Scroll down to learn more!

What can affect one’s ability to sleep in space?

So what sort of difficulties do astronauts face while they are trying to catch some zzzz’s? Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few. 


As you already are well aware, there is no oxygen in space. Without it, we cannot live, so astronauts must wear suits so that they can breathe. They must supply enough of it in the ships which is much easier said than done. 

Close and closed spaces

There is not much leg room aboard these space crafts. It is easy to feel claustrophobic and disturbed by other people within the cabin. Astronauts have reported having to deal with the snoring of their crewmates.

Unnatural sensations in space

The feeling of floating can make one feel motion sickness as well as body aches and/or pains. It has also been documented that space travel can result in one’s loss of taste and smell being temporarily lost.

Lack of timezones

As we mentioned above, there are no time zones up in space. However, when your spaceship is circulating around the earth, you will be experiencing sunrises every 45 minutes. This is bound to throw anybody off and confuse their sleep-wake systems. For this reason, it is not uncommon for astronauts to bring sleeping medication to use for the first few “nights” in space.

Crew Cabins

On spaceships, astronauts will sleep on what is called a crew cabin. They usually consist of 5 to 7 members. Sadly, we can’t donate a super comfy Orange County mattress from our store to NASA, so they must use a “sleep station” or sleep on the floor. If you’re lucky enough to have a sleep station, you’ll be provided with a sleeping bag with a built-in pillow and a space for your personal belongings. Even if you have access to one of these, sleeping in space is no easy feat. That is why they require so many years of training and preparation to be able to adjust to such a drastically different environment. Here on our home planet we are so used to having “ups” and “downs” which don’t exist out there. These concepts can be incredibly confusing to us Earthlings. 

Back to Earth

We may not be astronauts, but we do sell Orange County mattresses that are truly out-of-this-world. Please give our Fountain Valley location a call today at (714) 795-0837. We definitely won’t space out on you when it comes to giving you the greatest bargain of the century!