Let’s Talk About Hammocks

1. Benefits of Sleeping a Hammock

It’s customary to sleep the same way, but then you can discover the benefits of sleeping in another way. After reading this article you will wonder why most people sleep in beds and not in hammocks.

  • No sheets, blankets or pillows are needed to sleep in a hammock. Less complexity and fewer pains caused by inconvenient pillows.
  • When sleeping in a hammock does not vary almost in position, it is likely that the person will dawn the same way the next day. This means that those suffering from back pain do not make unnecessary movements that cause more harm.
  • Washing a hammock is much easier than washing a mattress and its implements.
  • The constant and smooth movement that we feel when we are in a hammock, makes us have a deeper sleep and greater memory consolidation. A 1995 study by the University of Geneva revealed this. This consisted of comparing the dream of a dozen volunteers who slept a 45-minute nap in a bed and another who did it in a moving bed.
  • It is cheaper to buy and install a hammock than a bed.
  • The body position that is adopted in a hammock promotes venous return and prevents vascular accidents.
  • The hammock can be easily stored and moved.
  • The hammock allows you to sleep in solitude. Sleeping with someone is pleasant because of the close and contact relationship that occurs, but at the same time if the other person moves abruptly or has insomnia, it can cause a bad sleep to the companion. Sleeping in a hammock each has its own space and area to be completely comfortable and sleep at your own pace.

More benefits of sleeping in a hammock

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It’s nice, relaxing and makes you feel comfortable while you sleep, but also when you get up. However, keep in mind that it’s not worth any hammock to spend the whole night.

So if you’re going to try it for the first time, make sure you have a good hammock designed to be able to sleep a whole night.

With a good hammock you won’t have to worry about falling in the middle of the night. Nor for waking up with the “tattooed” mark on the hammock ropes. That’s what silky, smooth parachute nylon is for.

It seems that the health benefits of sleeping in a hammock have only just begun to be studied and we are actually just scratching the surface.

From medical hammocks used in therapy for the premature baby to their application in the treatment of arthritis, acid reflux, sleep apnea, autism or simply to reduce stress and provide a healthier night sleep.

It’s exciting to see how science catches up with native cultures and hammackers around the world, who have known it for centuries.

This doesn’t mean you should replace your bed with a hammock, although many hammackers we know have.

But if you have a place at home to hang a hammock, I recommend that you consider that your hammock is more than a place to spend a few minutes when you need to relax.

Forget about that bad experience you had sleeping in a cord hammock and you’ll wake up looking like a waffle or back pain.

2. Types and History

Hanging hammocks are a perfect idea to enjoy the good weather in our terraces or gardens, or even to place them inside the house and be calm and relaxed. There are various types of hammocks depending on the material with which they are manufactured, the way they are woven or their function.

If we focus on the way they are woven we can find woven hammocks in the form of a net , either cotton or nylon, and cloth hammocks . The first ones are usually called Mayan type hammocks, they are the most resistant and least heavy and are perfect for being constantly in the open, although the most comfortable cloth ones are not advisable to be in the rain.

Depending on the place where they are going to be placed, there are hammocks for exterior, for interior or for trips . The first ones are the most common, and easier to achieve, the variety of models is very wide and as we have said they can even be for more than one person. Those of interior, differ mainly because they carry a system of independent subjection or an own structure that keeps the hammock hung without having to anchor it to any external element such as walls or walls. In this way we can place it anywhere in the house without worrying about the strength of the anchors. As for the travel hammocks, they are perfect for camping or to take them on vacation since they are light and easy to fold.

Hammocks are associated with rest, relaxation and summer. They are perfect for resting, reading or spending summer afternoons. Well, for some years now this type of furniture has found its place inside the house, giving rise to the indoor hammocks.

Indoor hammocks bring the whole concept of rest, relaxation and holidays inside the house. Which is perfect for feeling on vacation all year round.

However, to incorporate them into the decoration of our house we have to do it carefully.

A bit of history

The origin of the hammock takes place in the indigenous peoples of Central America.

They were woven with natural fibers and tree bark and hung from trees to avoid dangerous reptiles and rodents. Also, they usually placed embers underneath to stay warm overnight.

Types

There are many types of indoor hammocks. We have made a classification based on two criteria: Their shape and the type of grip.

If we take care of its shape, we can find basically 2 types of indoor hammocks.

Traditional shape: one that is elongated and in which there is a person lying down.

Chair or swing: This type of hammocks take up less space than traditional ones and also have different forms of grip.

End pendant: This type of grip is perfect for houses with visible beams, because you only have to tie and you are ready. But in the event that the beams are not visible it is advisable to consult with a specialist to know where they are and know if it is advisable to anchor the hammock there.

It can also be anchored directly to the wall.

The hammocks that are often hung from the ends are the traditional ones.

To the ceiling: in this case, the rope or chain of the hammock comes out from the ceiling. It’s important to make sure the roof is sturdy, not to collapse. If you have a pladur roof or false ceiling, this type of grip is not suitable.

Within this type of indoor hammocks, we find those that hang from a single point, that is, from the center to the ceiling. This type of hang-up makes the hammock move in all directions and rotate.

Another indoor hammock option

However, if you are one of those who prefer not to make a small work on the walls or ceilings there is also the option of having an indoor hammock based on the floor.

This type of indoor hammocks have several advantages, one of them is that being neither tied nor anchored anywhere you can move it away and put it where you want.

Moreover, the fact that they have a base does not mean that they do not have rocking. This type of hammocks with base are designed and designed so that the concept of hammock, which is the swinging, remains.

Materials

As they are indoor hammocks, they will not be exposed to changes in time, nor will they have to endure high temperatures or rains. This makes there a greater variety of materials than for outdoor hammocks.

  • Fabric: can be cotton or linen. They are resistant materials and at the same time sweaty.
  • Strings at the ends: this type of hammock is reminiscent of films like Tarzan’s.
  • Grid: they are simple and perfect for families.
  • Tip or crochet.

We could say that the above mentioned are more traditional materials in the manufacture of hammocks, however, in the modern world in which we live, it is increasingly common to see more sophisticated hammocks.

Sophistication in materials is most present in chair or swing hammocks. Thus, we can find indoor hammocks of:

  • Wicker.
  • Wood.
  • Basalt.
  • Iron or bronze.

Undoubtedly the hammocks made of material other than fabric are a very modern alternative to the traditional hammock.

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