Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets, or just swaying to the beat in your favorite summertime swing, the hammock. While relaxing in a hammock is heavenly, I’ve recently discovered there are some major health benefits associated with sleeping in them, as well.
Lucky for me, the two giant oak trees in my backyard are perfectly spaced and aligned for hammock hanging. Although I have a traditional rope hammock and have woken up from peaceful slumber with a waffle pattern on my skin, there are many other options. You seriously might want to consider hanging a hammock indoors once you read more about the health benefits of hammock sleep.
From the medical hammocks used in premature baby therapy to their application in the treatment of arthritis, acid reflux, sleep apnea, autism or simply to reduce stress and provide a healthier sleep, science is on the tail of what native native cultures and hammock lovers across the world have known for centuries. Hammocks are good for you. In Central and South America literally millions of people use a hammock as their bed every single night. They do this not out of necessity or poverty but because they prefer to sleep in a hammock for all the benefits it provides and in most cases grew up sleeping in a hammock since they were infants. I’m not suggesting for you to replace your bed with a hammock, but David William’s ‘Almost Bohemian’Seven Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock gives you a good number of reasons to seriously consider it. I’ll include other links with more hammock health and medical info at the end of the post.
Designed and made in the U.K., Le Beanocktakes the comfort of the 60′s designed classic beanbag and swings it from the ceiling to create the ultimate relaxation and chill-out zone.
Hammocks in rooms at the Nu Hotel in Brooklyn look great and provide a sweet place to rest.
Designed for indoor/outdoor use, the Hammy is equally comfortable in living rooms, on rooftops, in grassy meadows or lounging poolside. For me, it’s missing a crucial component-the wonderful hammock ‘swing’.
Trek Light Gear makes a great travel hammock. Made from durable lightweight nylon, this hammock travels well and sets up easily. Bring it camping or to the office for a nap. Comes in a light weight backpack.
Tentsile combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the multi person occupancy and shelter of a tent. The unique portable structure employs tension forces to provide usable space, suspended above the ground and protected from flood, sand storms, earth tremors, cold, wet or lumpy ground, debris or contamination as well as wildlife, including insects, snakes and Zombies. It can be hung as low as a couple feet away from the ground or up high for the more adventurous. A rope ladder is included for entry and exit.
You know the saying, “It’s a dog’s life”. Well, you can have it too. If millions of people around the world sleep in hammocks comfortably every single night and scientific studies are proving that it’s one of the healthiest ways to sleep, maybe it’s time to consider bringing one inside for a test trial. What do you think?
NPR: Why Hammocks Make Sleep Easier, Deeper
WebMD: Gentle Rocking Helps You Fall Asleep Faster, Get Deeper Sleep
Current Biology: Rocking Synchronizes Brain Waves During A Short Nap
CNN: Hammocks Make For Deeper Sleep
Lifehacker: Want Better Naps? Sleep In A Hammock
Health.com: Study: Hammocks Make For Deeper Sleep
HealthGuidance.org:Improve Your Health With Hammocks