Do you know that sleeping in a hammock can cure insomnia? While this truth has been proven for a few years only, people all over the world have been aware of it for centuries. In America, millions of people who live in the Central and South region replace their bed with a hammock.
However, hammocks only bring into play if they’re used in a correct way. In fact, many readers ask me about tips for the most comfortable hammock sleep. They don’t know, and they need my help. So, here it is!
Not all hammocks are designed to provide the maximal comfort for sleep. That’s because hammocks come in various styles, and they’re also made from different materials. These factors have a huge effect on the ease of sleeping.
One thing you should keep in mind is to avoid hammocks made from rough and hard materials, such as rope or polyester, which can put painful pressure on your skin.
My suggestion is to pick up hammocks with soft and breathable materials, such as nylon, cotton or DuraCord. For a particular name, I would recommend the Eagles Nest Outfitters which gets the maximal score (5 stars) on Amazon. Its nylon taffeta not only provides the superb breathability but also supports the weight of up to 400 pounds.
Another important fact to remember is avoiding spreader-bar hammocks. Even though they look good for sleeping due to the flat surface, they’re indeed very unstable and unsuitable for those who roll and toss while sleeping.
It’s a common misunderstanding that we should hang the hammock very tight to create the flat surface and durable construction. In fact, this is wrong because hammocks are very different from beds. Even worst, making the hammock too stretched and flat can cause harmful issues.
A proper hammock installation needs a little slack. It’s should be loose enough to create a low sag at the center of the hammock. So, instead of looking like a flat board, the hammock should be like a cocoon. Besides, make sure both sides have a walk of fabric, which prevents you from accidentally falling off.
Depending on the hammock’s size, the amount of sag will be not the same. A basic yet effective rule is to hang the hammock so that it creates an angle of about 30 degrees on both ends.
As I’m researching on the Internet, I found a very interesting web-based application that allows me to calculate the hammock hang. Simply entering some data, such as the distance between trees or the angle, and the app will show you a detailed picture of how to hang the most comfortable hammock. You can even download the app (supports both Android and iOS) to check wherever you want.
Whether you’re sleeping on a bed or in a hammock, without a proper gesture, you would be unable to sleep comfortably and healthily.
The first thing that I usually encounter whenever I'm watching a video or reading an article about most comfortable hammock sleep is to sleep diagonally. In particular, it relates to lying down across the hammock center while keeping our head and feet pointing towards the hammock edges.
Moreover, Dr. Steven Park recommends sleeping with the head slightly elevated, from 10 to 30 degree in respect to the horizontal surface. He explains that this position promotes the blood circulation in our brain as well as allows for more unobstructed breathing.
Some people complain that hammocks hurt their back. It’s easy to understand if their hammocks are made from rough rope or polyester. However, if they use soft and breathable nylon or DuraCord, the problem might come from the wrong way of lying rather than the materials itself. In particular, lying in the hammock’s length, which makes your body fold up like a banana. And once again, sleeping diagonally is the solution.
The following video will show you exactly how to sleep diagonally:
Swaying motions, which created by the hammock, might cause the feeling of disconcerting to first-time users. But, when they become familiar, they improve both sleeping experience and quality. The truth is that many people prefer a hammock to a bed because they enjoy the gentle shaking back and forth while sleeping
Moreover, according to a study published in Current Biology in 2011, gentle swaying of hammocks has the ability to synchronize our brain waves, and thus, promotes soothing sleep. So, rather than just climbing into a hammock and falling to sleep, you should rock it to produce rhythmic sways which will help you go into a deep sleep.
Although hammock rarely comes with a pillow as purchasing, having a soft and compact head cushion is always better than having nothing if you want the most comfortable hammock sleep. Whether you go camping or simply sleep in your home, a pillow is extremely useful.
Not only a pillow, other accessories, such as a blanket, a bug netting or a tarp, can bring into play in many cases. Going camping or sleeping outdoors for example. While the blanket keeps you warm, the bug netting protects you from mosquitoes and bugs, and the tarp prevents you from getting wet when it’s raining.
Securing your hammock is the best way to prevent accidental falling which can lead to back pains or even head injuries. Basically, the tighter your hammock is attached to a tree or stand, the less of a chance it falls to the ground. Of course, this ensures you to have a better sleep as well.
Many hammocks include a couple of special mounting traps which are used to slip around the trees. Each trap also comes with a ring that improves the security of the hammock itself. These kinds of accessories are very handy for camping, especially in areas where leaving a hammock all day long is not a good idea. Depending on specific hammocks, the securing options will vary. In general, ropes and chains are both great choices.
According to statistics, the majority of Americans are side-sleepers. In spite of many debates of whether we should sleep on the left or right, hammocks are a perfect choice for side sleeping because they’re spoon in shape.
No matter which way you go, make sure you choose a soft-material hammock, hang it loose enough, rock it with gentle sways, and sleep diagonally. Also, use a pillow for maximal head support. This way, you will have the most comfortable hammock sleep.
Lastly, I just want to remind that if you have any question or you want to add extra useful tips to this post, please let me know by leaving your comments in the box below. Thank you so much for stopping off my website and reading my post! Have a nice day!
My name is Abby Moore and I have always loved the outdoors. In the past, I would spend hours wandering from the ocean to the forest. These days I am lucky enough to be able to go on great camping adventures all over the world and share my experiences here on Below The Tent.