People tend to possess one of two strong views on hammocks. One group claim they are the ultimate sleep system, better than a bed. Whilst the second group say they would fall out if they tried to sleep in a hammock.
Invariably the second group haven’t experienced a night in a hammock and the first group have. Hammock manufacturer Little River Co suggests these 5 advantages to sleeping in a sling.
1. Drop off not Fall out
The gentle rocking motion created by being tied to two elevated support points helps us fall asleep faster. In 2011, Swiss researchers published a study that found the swinging motion from a hammock lulls individuals to sleep faster and into a more steady, deeper sleep throughout the night.
It’s thought that the rocking motion may activate areas of the brain that are involved in sleep, causing a synchronizing action in the brain that reinforces sleep rhythms and soothes sleep patterns.
2. No Pressure
Our bodies are not flat, so sleeping on a flat surface results in greater or less pressure along our frame. This can send signals to our brains throughout the night that we aren’t comfortable. On some surfaces, this can cause tossing and turning throughout the night.
Sleeping in a properly hung hammock provides a zero-pressure point experience, whilst, surprisingly accommodating side and back sleeping.
3. Elevated Bed brings Deeper Sleep
Falling asleep more quickly without pressure points means better sleep, meaning you wake up feeling refreshed. The rocking motion encourages the second stage of sleep known as N2. This deeper sleep promotes physical recovery and importantly is essential for maintaining strong mental health and memory.
4. Healthy Insomnia Remedy
Many people turn to medication to deal with insomnia. Others try high tech solutions or invest in very expensive bedding. The answer may be much simpler. The same rocking motion hammocks provide that lull the average sleeper to dreamland so much faster than on a mattress may do the same for people with chronic insomnia.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, changing up your sleeping habitat could be just what the doctor ordered. There’s much to be said for curling up inside something that mimics a cocoon, as opposed to a flat mattress.
5. Good Health
Hospital beds are designed for patients to lie on their back with their head slightly elevated, this aids respiration and circulation.
Hammocks create a very similar position. Hammocks are also recommended for people suffering from bad backs, joint pain, and the everyday aches or life. Many long-distance hikers have swapped their bedroll and tent for a hammock, claiming to wake up feeling more refreshed each morning during multi-day expeditions.
We are not suggesting you throw away a good bed for a hammock but do consider getting one for daytime naps or camping trips. They provide an instant sleep system in the most unlikely locations and take up much less space than a bed which can’t be folded away when not in use.