Seven Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock

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Throw away your mattress! Toss a match on it and watch how fast it burns. A few months ago some neighborhood kids lit some mattresses on fire in my alley. Within seconds the whole place was ablaze. Mattress don’t just store all your dead skin cells and microscopic parasites and bedbugs. They are a wonderful fire waiting to happen.


So how have we gone from thousands of years of swinging in nets (hamacas) and laying on rice straw mats (tatami) to demanding Tempur-Pedic mattresses because you just can’t sleep on anything else?


Well, imagine there was an invention that could put you to sleep faster, send you to deeper sleeper for even longer than anything you’ve come across yet. Ah yes, you’ve already put it together. The formidable hammock can and does all of those things.


Hammocks aren’t just for swinging about on a lazy summer day. They aren’t reserved for two palm trees and the azul ocean calendar shot. For over a year I slept exclusively in a hammock. First, out of curiosity. Then, out of the benefits I was experiencing. After additional research and experimentation, I decided it should be considered a serious sleep option. So every place I’ve lived since then I’ve made sure to have the necessary hooks and anchors in the walls for just the occasion.


The Seven Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock


1. Faster sleep. Verily, it changed the way I approach bedtime. Lying in a hammock has a natural rhythm to it. This rhythm promotes relaxation in a way that even science struggles to keep up with. The result of being wrapped up in a tight blanket is reminiscent of the womb, or so they say. And Freud would agree that is something we all desire. Hmmm…. Either way, I can attest that sleeping in a hammock caused me to develop this talent of falling asleep the moment I lay down. Even when I sleep on a mattress now, I zonk almost immediately.


2. Zero-Pressure Points

So when you sleep on the ground, every contact point shoots discomfort signals to your brain where they light up your neuromatrix and remind you that this jazz isn’t comfortable. So you toss and turn. And you’re never comfortable. Sure, a tempur-pedic mattress will alleviate this a bit, but guess what sleeping environment provides a zero-pressure point environment. Did you guess yet?

Hammock sleeping means no tossing and turning. Believe it.


3. Deeper Sleep

Okay, so you’re falling asleep faster and you’re not tossing and turning. So what can be better than that? Well, deeper sleep of course! Studies have shown that the rocking may help synchronize brain activity and encourage N2 sleep, which apparently is a big deal. So you’re getting more actual rest. And that means waking up feeling more refreshed. My own experience was after 7 hours of sleep I’d have all this energy and want to actually get up and hit the day. 


4. No More Bed Making

Toss out those fitted sheets ’cause you won’t be needing them where we’re going. Making your bed will never be so easy. At one apartment I had I couldn’t justify anchoring bolts into the walls, so I had a free standing hammock stand. It was about 2 minutes of set up and tear down every night. That was enough for me to never go that route again. Now, all I have to do is un-hook the hammock and fold it into the corner. And even then, it’s just as easy to leave up if you have a good spot for it. You can wash the hammock every week or two when you do laundry and you always have a clean bed. For cold nights, wrap up in a blanket first, then lay in the hammock.


5. Hammocks Are Good for Your Health

If you’re sleeping well, you’re living well. I’m fascinated by sleep experiments, so I’m almost always willing to take a plunge on something. In this case, the hammock life has shown me health benefits, and who can hate on that? Hospital beds are designed to lay the patient down on their back, with the head slightly elevated. This gives the brain optimal blood circulation rather than congestion and encourages less obstructed breathing. Interestingly enough, this is the same position that hammocks provide. If you have bad joints, a bad back, or really any body pains at all, hammocks come widely recommended.


6. Comfort

When done correctly, sleeping in a hammock will be some of the most comfortable moments of your life. The right sized hammock, the correct hanging angles, and the right style are critical. It may seem overwhelming, but surprisingly it’s quite easy. You have to play with adjustments a bit in the beginning, but now I can get comfortable in just about any hammock. Check out this piece on how to maximize comfort in a hammock. Lay across the center line, as in a diagonal. You can even lay on your stomach like this. You also won’t feel as cocooned this way. I highly recommend getting a tightly woven fabric hammock. The ones that look like a net will leave your skin looking waffle-pressed and not many folks desire that look. Also, go with a Mayan style hammock without the wooden poles at the end. They end up stretching out the hammock and undoing all the great benefits in the first place. You want to have your hammock envelop you. Remember: like a womb.


7. Making Love in a Hammock

Okay, technically not sleeping, but let’s toss it in the list anyhow. If you’re lucky enough to call your hammock your bed, you’re lucky enough. That said, there’s a lot of potential for humor here, so please remember to share any embarrassing stories you may have. Even Thomas Edison saw the potential for disaster on this one. The Mayans basically lived in their hammocks, and you can guarantee they didn’t survive for thousands of years and have one of the greatest human civilizations because they weren’t procreating. So go explore sex in a hammock. For the Mayans.



95 Responses

  1. You know what # I like… But still have yet to try it! 🙂

    No but I will say it really does make sleeping much more sound and peaceful.

    Let’s sleep in it tonight! 🙂

  2. So #7 sounds good in theory. But can two people actually sleep comfortably in a hammock? It seems you’d constantly be rolling into each other to the point where personal space would become an issue. I guess it’s good for snuggling and such, but for actual sleep I don’t know.

    • Russ, that’s the strange beauty of the hammock. You don’t end up tossing and turning. You only do that in a bed because your body gets sore from pressure points. If you don’t toss and turn, you can comfortably lay in one position. As for sharing a hammock, you give up your personal space for warmth and fun. Sacrifices, sacrifices.

      • My housemate slept in a hammock for awhile and had incredible back pains. laying down in a hammock curves your back in a way its not supposed to, thats why we sleep on mattresses

        • That really doesn’t make sense, I’ve laid in one for hours with no ill effects. More than likely your housemate had the hammock in a bad position, or perhaps their body is not suited to it…still, hammocks have been used successfully for sleep by humans since before recorded time, so this really just doesn’t add up

        • I also disagree, I currently sleep in a hammock everynight and it actually does wonders for my back and for my sleep. Your friend probably has a preexisting back alement beause if you’re using it correctly it’s actually supposed to alleviate back pain not make it worse.

        • If sleeping in a hammock was causing back pain, it was not adjusted any where near correctly.

  3. Sleeping in a hammock won me some points with my friends father a couple years back. We were up in Tennessee for my friend Jimmy’s wedding. The day before we all went to his brother Ben’s house for lunch.

    After a delicious meal and several beers I was a bit groggy and decided I would lay down in the hammock strung up in the backyard while I have one last beer. The nap was accomplished much sooner than the completion of the beer.

    Eventually my friends realized where I was. Since the cooler was now short the majority of beer they decided it was a good idea to toss the icy water on me to wake me up. Jimmy’s father was amazed that being startled awake in that manner didn’t leave me flat on the ground, but that I also managed to keep my beer upright while I steadied myself in the hammock.

    After reading this I think I’ll make a trip to the hardware store to pick up some bolts so I can string my hammock up in my room. Might as well use it for more than camping.

    • With a history like that, you ought to have a constant supply of beer in your room and of course, a hammock.

  4. Yes!! Not only did you make me completely disgusted to go back in my bed, but I now have good reason to make that deep rooted desire of getting a hammock come true!

    But to everyone else’s question have you slept 2 people in a hammock? I imagine that gets pretty tricky.

    Also a huge space saver. Ugh I so want a hammock now.

    • Two is nothing. Try three or four. That’s where things get interesting…

    • If the hammock is sized properly, two people in a hammock is not that bad. The only two issues are heat and closeness. As long as you can sleep while cuddled up nice and tight with someone and the added heat from their body warmth does not bother you then you will be fine.

  5. Cheers to the Mayans my friend! I love the idea of sleeping in a hammock. I think for my current living situation the hammock may have to go on the porch, but I will work on some persuasion with the wife.

    • Matt, I expect you can charm a hammock into your life. For the marriage! For the Mayans!

      • Being Mayan myself, I agree 😉
        My grandkids love coming over and constantly want to sleep on my hammock. I had to get them their own!

  6. Alright so now I really want a hammock for sleeping. But the whole time I was reading I was thinking “But what about sex?” And then you got to it! I am curious about how that works…not the sex part BTW 🙂 It seems that would require some pretty strong bolts…and you better make sure it is anchored in a stud!

    • Liane, I’m sure you can get creative… 🙂

      Of course, the anchors and studs are always critical. You want to be able to swing with ease and peace of mind!

    • Its actually not as difficult as it sounds

  7. Jackie Rose (@letssitoutside)

    For myself: I’ve taken lovely naps in hammocks. They are wonderful if done right, as you said. The strength of fabric holding me up combined with the gentile sway of life-motion is sublime. I don’t own one though as the past three places I’ve lived came furnished with beds, and I was only passing through for a few months so it didn’t feel worthwhile to change things around. That’s an excuse haha… I’ll consider a hammock for when I move to Boston in a few weeks 🙂

    About sex: An x-bf of mine slept in a hammock. We cuddled comfortably in it but always moved to a bed on the floor when things heated up. We were young and not so aware of our freedom, thinking sex was supposed to happen in a bed. Unfortunate, no? I’m happy to say my sex is no longer confined to a bed and think the closeness of a hammock could really add to the coupling experience. I’ll let you know how things go if I get one in Boston…

    Thanks for a great post! Hope you are well!

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  10. Annie Andre

    Is this your only mode of slumber?

    I suppose if sailors can sleep on hammocks on a ship than it must be ok.
    Plus, I’ll anything if i don’t have to make a bed again…

  11. Coolness…and you were going to leave this space?…Why?

  12. Sleeping in a hammock is the best! I’ve slept in one for 15 months and will never go back to a bed. All my friends complain that they have trouble falling asleep or that they keep waking up in the middle of the night. That’s never a problem for me. As soon as I am in my hammock I fall right to sleep. My back feels so much better in the morning. Everything you said is so true.

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  14. Little Miss

    Very interesting… My concern would be in finding one rated strong enough for my husband, nearly 220lbs plus my weight of 120lbs… It seems I’ve seen that the hammocks themselves have weight limits right? Then add in any extra movement with the afore mentioned expiramentation… Crash landing would not be a good thing at the wrong time! 😀 Probably not good at any time! My other thought- forced to cuddle- even after arguing and maybe I’d not get so cold… Interesting…

    • Forced cuddling! Could be good, or could be awful! As for the weight limits, just get some strong anchors and make sure you hit that stud. The hammock itself should be plenty strong.

    • I have a Kammok Roo double and it’s rated at 500#. I love it and have slept in only it for over 2 years.

  15. My trek light double hammock says it can hold up to 400 lbs and weighs 20 oz. It is made of parachute material and designed not to flip. I love it.

  16. hey david! you’ve had me thinking about hammocks for a long time. but now that i am looking for a better sleep situation for my girls 5 and 2 i’m wondering if i can set them each up with a hammock! i’m considering making them myself….and i’m considering using bamboo material (which is similar to a stretchy cotton)but i’m wondering how much it stretch it should have. anyhow…i heard you will be heading to chicago soon. plan on visiting us!

    • Ramona, I’m sorry I missed you! I admire that you’re entertaining alternative sleeping arrangements for your two little angels. I have a feeling you may come up with some creative ideas. Keep me posted if you make some great discoveries! I’d love to share them here!

  17. I’ve slept in a hammock once before (one of my friends had one instead of a couch) and I remember waking up the next morning feeling very surprisingly refreshed! Her cat also slept with me, so clearly it’s comfortable enough for the cat. I forgot about that experience until I read this post.

    I’m curious how hammock works when more than one person is sleeping in it.

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  19. I’ve been thinking about switching over to a hammock, but I’m not sure which one to buy. There’s so many options! Where did you get yours?

    • Emily, I’m quite late here, but there are some good links in this thread. I don’t have any specific to recommend, but Charlie in the comments down here has some good links…

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  21. I’ve had my hammock in my living room for about 6 months now and let me tell you, it is amazing. I love the look on peoples faces when they come over and see me suspended in the air. Half the time people don’t even notice I’m there.

    As far as sleeping 2 to a hammock, it does work. In fact, my hammock has brought more luck to me than anything. You do have to get a double though. Mine is weighted up to 400lbs, so I’ve never had a problem even coming close to that. And the best is when I tell a girl it can accommodate 2 and she doesn’t believe me. Of course I make a bet out of it, and more often than not we end up sleeping there. Its actually quite simple to do. I usually lay on my back while she is on her side one leg straight, the other over me. No real tossing or turning occurs, maybe every now and then we will switch positions. And I’ve found that if either person slips an arm under the lower back, not only is it more comfortable, but it doesn’t fall asleep the way that it would on a mattress.

    Well, that’s my advice. It does work. It is fun. I have converted many of my friends to hammocks over the past few months and they thank me for it all the time.

  22. I should also add that my hammock is red with white trim, the whiteboard on the edges. My one rule to people is, stay between the white and you’ll be alright. Making love is a trick, but not impossible. Its actually quite fun, and with the swinging, makes it interesting.

    Love making tip (gonna try to not be too specific so use your imagination, lol) but it involves me sitting sideways with my feet on the wall, and the lucky lady is on top facing me. I use my feet to push off the wall to give some motion and……. well you can figure out the rest.

    Its definitely fun and not for the feint of hearts, so go at it with caution. Have fun with it, it’ll be the best thing. And something she is sure to never forget.

  23. I almost always slept in a hammock while in Vietnam as a combat infantryman. Every now and then, suitable trees were not available. It was great. Upon returning to the states, used a hammock for camping but pretty much returned to a regular bed. As far as the lovemaking issue, I tried it once with an adventurous girlfriend who was up for just about anything. (As an aside, if you are wondering about golf greens, they look good, but the reality is the grass is scratchy, there are bugs and the sprinkler system can go off at any time.) Back to the hammock! We were not able to find a suitable way in the conventional fashion, but slinging the hammock at waist height, she was able to lean forward with her upper body in the hammock and both feet on the ground. I guess you can take it from there. Love my hammock. You will sleep like a fat man in a donut shop!

    • Phil, these are good problems to tackle. And it sounds like you’ve had some pretty interesting history with hammock use. Vietnam?

      Whew! I am thankful my intro was pure leisure. Thanks for the comment!

  24. Thanks for spreading the word… I love my hammock. One tip though, I had a bit of trouble with the blankets and what I ended up doing was take two very big safety pins –okay technically they were stitch holders– and then using them to fasten two cross corners (the one at the head and the one at the feet). That way all I have to do to get in and out is hold the opposite corner from the feet, lie down across the stretched blankets and wrap myself in. Since the blankets stay in their place all night this makes it that much easier to get in and out.

    • Clea, I’m a fan of the taco wrap pre lay down. That should be a proper phrase. But your technique seems a bit more calculated. Good advice!

      • I guess it is a matter of preference, but now I think I’ve found a good compromise: I modified a blanket to suit my needs so that it moves with me and leaves my hands free. If anyone is interested I posted a how-to in my blog (all it takes is a blanked, scissors and a little fabric paint).
        The link direct link to that one is:

  25. Great article. I highly recommend brazilian hammocks for overnight indoor sleep

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  28. Is there a difference between this:

    and this:

    I’m wondering if the benefits are the same(I doubt it).

    • Cassie,

      There is a big difference!! You want to go with the first one, the Brazilian style. They are a lot more stable. The latter is an Americanized version. The long wood slats may hold the hammock open so that there is more flat space to lay, but this also makes them highly susceptible to being able to flip over.

      The Brazilian version is really comfortable, and is very similar to the one at the beginning of the post. I’ve been using a similar camping version. It is nylon and does the job well enough in Florida. The nice cloth ones would be better else where.

    • I think Charlie properly covered it here, but I have also found that many folks have very specific personal preferences. Personally, I’d say its a good problem to have a few hammock set ups to choose from…

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  30. Over 20 years ago I switched from a mattress to a futon because of back pain. This worked, for some reason until 3 years ago when again, more extreme back pain lead me to Google where I found some were sleeping on Hammocks. I discovered all the benefit of a hammock. I’m so glad I’m open minded because it has saved me from sleepless, uncomfortable nights! Yes, no tossing or turning! Yes to no pain! I’m about to turn 56 and people can’t believe I dumped my bed. My hammock hangs in my living work/work/studio and during the day I velcro-strap it to the wall. The bedroom is now my home theater music room.

    Not a single regret!

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  33. Great article! I just tried this myself for 5 nights in a Nicaraguan Hammock. Although not nearly as eloquent as this well written article.. I blogged about it here:

  34. I’ve been sleeping in a rip stop nylon hammock for 5 years now. Gave away a thousand dollar king size bed after the first six months. All of my prior back pain was gone after the first couple nights. At first I did it out of curiosity, like many here have said, but now that I’ve found out I have degenerative arthritis in my spine I’ll never go back…

    The thing is, I am so spoiled now that I have a difficult time when I go visiting. I simply can NOT seem to sleep on a regular bed. No matter how high quality the mattress is I wake up in such pain that I have to grab the edge of the bed to roll/push/shove myself out of bed. It’s awful.

    I have a portable hammock stand but my little pro-nest is only 7 foot long and all the stands are like 11 foot long. Most people don’t have that kind of room for me to set it up without a lot of trouble.. I’m gonna take it to a metal shop and see if they can shorten it for me.

    I really need to find an answer to the travel part. I’d travel more if I could.

  35. Does anyone have experience with parachute hammocks? I bought a sturdy ENO single nest for full time use, but I’m having a difficult time getting comfortable-I feel like my head is bouncing around.

    Let me know if you have tips for maximum comfort!

    • I’ve most slept in my ENO. I have a really squishy pillow. Instead of the long side running parallel to my shoulders I use a short end so it fits better in the hammock. This way you don’t feel like your head is being wrapped up by it.

      I also found that I needed to put a sheet or blanket under me. My backside would always get cold since they fabric is so thin. I’d just wrap myself up like in a tortilla.

  36. We bought one hammock last year at The Mexican Hammock Company ( and have just bought another. They’ve been the best purchases we ever made. They’ve cured insomnia for one member of the family and back pain for another and they are used constantly for all of us to relax in. You can feel the stress just dissolving away naturally. I really wish we had known about hammocks years ago. Just brilliant.

  37. I came across TW Hammocks recently ( and got a setup of a Hornet hammock that has a mosquito net built in and bought one of their tarps to go over it. As some people here have said, it’s way more comfy. We don’t have trees in our garden though, so I have to drive to the nearest forest. I’m thinking of moving in!

  38. Sylvain

    Could one sleep comfortably in a hammock with one’s SO? (And by sleep, I mean sleep!)

    • I have a friend that traveled Central America with his SO and they used a hammock. He reports that it was fine (and fun).

      One of my dogs love to hang out in the hammock with me, but he’s kind of leggy and I usually toss him out after a while. By beagle size dog fits fine curled up by my side, though.

  39. So happy to find you in the blogsphere. I am loving the stories here. Keep treading!

  40. Mary-Anne (@MerryVegAnne)

    This has me seriously rethinking my overstuffed king-sized, pain in the back bed. I am getting rid of stuff and hate all this big cumbersome furniture, maybe this is my midlife crisis, or maybe I just love myself enough to not settle for anything but the best, anymore! Whatever it is, I’m buying a hammock and testing out this theory! Cheers to the Mayans!

  41. Mary-Anne (@MerryVegAnne)

    P.S. Do you think this would be a good one?

  42. It wasn’t just the Mayans guys, it was also the caribs, arawaks, aztecs and many other native tribes, some of which still live today!

  43. I live in Costa Rica, tropical=humid+hot. I love waking up with the sun in my face but I don’t sleep alone (my brother) and he comes in from work at 3 am… Plus it’s hottest and most humid room. Ever. Add to that, I currently suffer every day of back and neck pain, I always feel like I hadn’t slept at all, and that all leads to bad mood in the morning.. So I thought, what could be so bad about sleeping in the garden? I’m gonna try tonight (if it doesn’t rain), I hope the mosquitoes don’t eat me alive.. I’ll keep you posted!

  44. I started sleeping in a hammock to alleviate disabling L4-L5 herniated disc pain and nasty sciatica. The sciatica went a way in 3 months and the herniated disc pain has become manageable.

    I sleep through the night comfortably now, which really helps coping with chronic pain, too.

    I have been sleeping in a Brazilian style hammock for a year and a half now and I gave my mattress to my dogs.

    I have a few ‘tricks’ that help me. Don’t get one with the spreading bars. Hang the hammock loosely. it needs to have a good swag.

    I live somewhere cold and I heat on the cheap, so I made a second hammock out of a blanket, which I hang just below, nesting around my hammock. It keeps my butt and back warm. I also sometimes take my heating pad to bed with me.

    I always have a big pillow under my knees and sleep on the diagonal. This is a MUST. If you sleep parallel to the length of the hammock, your back conforms to it. If you sleep perpendicular or diagonally, the hammock conforms to YOU!

    Since my hammock is a permanent fixture now, I also hang a nice pull from the ceiling, which helps me in and out when I am feeling feeble, but more importantly, helps me give it a good swing without getting out!

  45. I have been sleeping in a hammock for several months, and I am feeling the benefits and down sides. My back is so much better, I usually couldn’t stand up straight in the morning. Sleep is better and that is saying something for an insomniac with RLS. And the flu, pneumonia and colds seem to have passed me up this year, and it has been bad. The downside is that I toss and turn still which causes some interesting hair in the morning, then when the cat wants to hang with me he does not have to many options for where to jump, so glad I don’t go to bed with a full stomach. Last, but not least, the cold butt syndrome, but I have recently found the answer for that and have worked it out with a sleeping bag. So the benefits out weigh the disadvantages, my youngest at 13 even likes to hang with me and I plan to give him a hammock for his next Bday.

    • There are actually some decent hammocks that are double layered and have a slot on the side where you can slide in an insulating pad. I sleep in a hammock year round and actually have different warm weather and cold weather hammocks. The ones with the double layer and slit up the side I find that taking a thick comforter and folding it in half the long way will slide right in, be very comfortable, insulate very well and keep your entire body warm when combined with a nice wool blanket on top of me.

  46. I just traded my bed for sleeping in a hammock due to very bad lower back pain and trouble staying asleep for very long. Because of my hammock I have no back pain and I wake well rested and not groggy. I love sleeping in this thing-it’s a keeper!

    • Mary-Anne

      What kind did you end up getting? I’m just surfing the net now looking for the best one for sleeping, so many choices, I don’t want to screw it up LOL!

  47. Great story of the hammock life, I used to have a hammock in my lounge. As i only had a couple of floral 2 seater couches , no good for stretching out after a hard days work and a couple of bohemian cigarettes. Alarm clock got relocated to the lounge along with the doona and I would camp there each night. Can’t remember if waking feeling refreshed or not, I’ve always been one to drag myself out of any sleeping vessel. Unless I’m late for work which seems to be happening more of late.
    People used to laugh when they saw it but always jumped into it and said this is excellent. I also managed to have sex in it occasionally even with a partner sometimes. Until it got ripped in the throws of passion lol. Did return it to the store and gave some bullshit story but scored another replacement, always keep your receipts. Yeah right took me 3 hours to look and not find it but then took my bank statement to the store and they accepted it. Replacement didn’t make it to my lounge only to my parents beach house where my brother ripped it while being a drunken idiot, I was also drunken but we just laughed and swilled our beers through the hole. I have been given a netted hammock which I have some palm trees and swimming pool that will all come together nicely. Anyway I’m gonna shut up now and stop writing a blog within a blog….. happy hammocking
    ps there is also a formula for hanging a hammock the right height and spacing, for all the haters.
    One more thing I’m getting into rocking chairs, got rid of the the computer desk chair and using a solid timber rocker with a cushion and lumbar support

  48. for anyone looking to purchase a hammock; you’ll want a cotton brazilian double hammock. I have one from vivere, and it’s the most comfortable thing I’ve ever experienced. Sleep in it every night!

  49. I have slept exclusively in hammocks for 5 years now…most of my six kids prefer them or at least have one as an option. Some of my house guests have converted to hammock sleeping after using our “guest hammocks”. I concur whole heartedly with all benefits mentioned here!. I suffered 20 years from ruptured disc more! I am convinced hammocks also benefit emotional can definitely be a back-to-the-womb experience. In all I have or had at least 25 hammocks. Older or damaged ones go in the camping box..has transformed our camping experiences to something almost luxurious. While I prefer a string hammock for friend prefers canvas. Its like comparing a soft or firm mattress. String hammocks are hands down more comfy in the heat…I just use a 0 degree sleeping bag in winter. We have eye bolts all over the house to accommodate guests or constantly changing situations.. like maybe its10 below and everyone wants to sleep by the wood stove. I first looked into hammocks as a means to an allergy free bed for my youngest son who had asthma..matresses completely gross me out now. Some other pluses: I have been completely healed from any Martha Stewart tendency I may have had. Tons more floorspace. No nasty surprises under the kids beds..makes moving a ton can pitch your sofa too!! You can fit everyone’s bed in the trunk of your car. We keep an xx large canvas hammock in the car at all times. Makes an afternoon at the park or lake or wherever that much more beautiful. If you take a stand with you it makes any necessary hotel stays less dreadful by far…matresses seem obsolete and verge on the absurd.

  50. Dude, I wound up on your site looking for ideas on finding a church or warehouse to live in and got hooked reading, literally the next thing I was about to look up was good ways to set up a hammock for long-term use as a bed. You’re two steps ahead of me. Love it!

  51. I could spend my days in a hammock. I always wonder about the effects on posture though. As for sex they rock!

  52. i`ve been sleeping in a Brazilian hammock now for two and a half years.
    not a single time did i get up with a backache. and my back is not great.

    once, getting stuck outdoors in the rain, sick, i slept in it for 2 and a half days, with only toilet breaks, and sitting for some food. and no backache. this would never have happened in a bed.

    i significantly upgraded my hammock experience, both in comfort as well as in warmth, when i added two big square, 1.5 inch thick cotton filled cushions, one next to the other. they keep me warm from below, covering the torso and butt, and make a more flat ley and less shoulder squeeze.

    hammock is the fastest way to relax and rest.
    even for 10-15 minutes. preferably, in the forest, or facing a sun set.

    relaxed people don`t harm each-other.
    join the hammock Peace revolution.
    hung today.

    Hammocks Rock !

  53. i`ve been sleeping in a Brazilian hammock now for two and a half years.
    not a single time did i get up with a backache. and my back is not great.

    once, getting stuck outdoors in the rain, sick, i slept in it for 2 and a half days, with only toilet breaks, and sitting for some food. and no backache. this would never have happened in a bed.

    i significantly upgraded my hammock experience, both in comfort as well as in warmth, when i added two big square, 1.5 inch thick cotton filled cushions, one next to the other. they keep me warm from below, covering the torso and butt, and make a more flat ley and less shoulder squeeze.

    hammock is the fastest way to relax and rest.
    even for 10-15 minutes. preferably, in the forest, or facing a sunset.

    relaxed people don`t harm each-other.
    join the hammock Peace revolution.
    hung today.

    Hammocks Rock !

  54. if you can`t anchor the hammock to the walls, or ceiling , here is one solution:

    pallet base hammock stand:

  55. […] guests, kids, or yourself? The Mayans slept on hammocks for a millenia. Some claim it’s the most comfortable way to sleep – if you do it right.  I’ve had wonderful naps in them and wish I could try sleeping […]

  56. I am not the lemming type, so after suffering from PTSD, and encountering chronic insomnia, then I started to sleep in a hammock. Made me feel secure and relax.
    In fact I craved my hammock time! It feels like a hug…
    Also my dust allergies do not affect my sleep anymore.
    Since regular mattresses are dust traps…
    My sciatica issue is also resolved with it.

    On an enviromental side. Hammocks don’t crowd the dumps….and their fabrication use less goods.

    When I traveled to other places,switching back to a regular mattress was not at all good. So now I am searching for a light weight but resilient travel stand.

    I suggest buckwheat pillows and in cold climate a silk duvet, because it is not bulky.

    Now if only they could make hammocks with a contemporary palette to fit a modern minimalist look….multi coloured stuff is not my thing….

    Thanks for creating this post!
    Be well!

  57. […] tents, travel hammocks, lightweight, big, small, fancy, cheap and a study has even come out that sleeping in a hammock, the proper way, could be better for you than sleeping in a bed. One of the best hammocks that […]

  58. lightweight hammock

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  59. Leonardo Calado

    Hello, I loved the post, very explanatory and clearly mentions the experiences of those who love sleeping in hammocks. We are Brazilians and sell handmade and different hammocks that can also be used as decoration. They are comfortable and because it is made of cotton already eliminates many of the problems listed in the post. We export to over 250 countries. If are interested in knowing our hammocks, secu the link to our online shop. Hugs!!!!

  60. Reason 1 is my favorite one. The swinging motion makes you fall asleep immediately.
    No rolling from side to side.

  61. Hi there!

    Loved your post! Took me back to my childhood years when I would enjoy sleeping in hammocks. My parents fixed them by eye, then lay in it to try it out and from that decided if it needed to be tensed more or less. I loved to cocoon myself and close it completely with some clothes pins to keep mosquitoes out.

    Now I’m thinking of converting a van into a very simple motorhome and your post gave me an idea: what about a hammock instead of a bed? Is it even possible to securely bolt one into a van? My thinking is much less weight, cheaper, take up less space, easy to put away, no bedding = more storage space. Any thoughts?

    Thanks again for the inspiration and the trip down memory lane! =)

  62. After reading this article I purchased the fine string sleeping hammock. I never wake up tired, my allergies are nill, acid reflux gone, it is the most wonderful thing in the whole world to me. It’s been two months and I can’t imagine going back to a real bed ever again. Thank you.

  63. […] is a wonderful, sustainable gift for anybody you care about. Hammocks are great for many reasons, including a more peaceful sleep and to relieve back problems (ancient […]

  64. […] to wake up with a stiff body. David from the Almost Bohemian blog has recently written about the Seven Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock. In here, he discussed the zero-pressure points, deeper sleep and the health benefits of hammocks […]

  65. I am a big fan of the hammock. Thanks for the sharing the benefits.

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