Thinking about switching your bed from a mattress to a hammock? Here are 9 answers to frequently asked questions so you know whether or not you should sleep in a hammock…
1. Is it Comfortable to Sleep in a Hammock?
Many people find hammocks comfortable for sleeping for a few different reasons. However, not all people find them comfortable. What are the best hammocks for sleeping?
1. First of all, hammocks naturally contour to the shape of your body, offering a more natural sleeping position. In other words, they can support your body’s natural curves.
2. Secondly, hammock design reduces pressure points while sleeping. Therefore, some people find relief from back pain. So, if you find it difficult to sleep on a flat mattress, you may want to test out hammocks.
3. Third, hammocks made of cotton or nylon fabrics provide healthy air flow, due their breathability. Plus, nylon feels especially cooling in warmer temperatures.
4. Fourth, the gentle swaying motion feels relaxing, thus helping with sleep. That’s why many people relate hammocks to afternoon naps.
Note: All that said, hammock sleeping get take some getting used to. For instance, it took me several days before I felt like I got a good night’s rest.
In addition, some hammocks are better as beds than others. For example, Brazilian or Mayan hammocks are my favorite for sleeping. On the other hand, those with wide spreader bars tend to feel more unstable because they can flip more easily.
2. How Do I Set Up a Hammock for Sleeping?
First, you’ll need 2 sturdy anchor points, like trees, posts or wall studs. Alternatively, you can use a hammock stand. Make sure that the hammock is level, and that you can get and out of it easily. Read more on how to hang a hammock.
Note: And yes, you can hang a hammock indoors or outside. In fact, here’s how to choose the best indoor hammock bed.
3. Is Sleeping in a Hammock Bad for Your Back?
Actually, sleeping in a hammock can be good for your back. Hammocks can provide natural alignment for your spine while also alleviating pressure points. However, you want to choose a hammock that is wide enough to support your body and adjust the tension so that it doesn’t sag too much.
4. What are the Benefits of Hammock Sleeping?
Sleeping in a hammock can provide several health benefits. And most people don’t realize how comfortable they are until they experience them for themselves.
These include better sleep quality, reduced back pain, improved circulation and a more restful sleep. And of course, better sleep can provide even more health benefits while you’re awake – like better mood, focus, energy and more. For more details, check out the 6 Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock.
5. What Type of Hammock is Best for Sleeping?
As I mentioned above, I prefer Brazilian and Mayan hammocks due to their supportive sleep surface. In addition, many people like a wide, flat-bottomed hammock made of a breathable material like cotton or nylon. Compare sleeping hammocks here.
6. Can You Sleep on Your Side in a Hammock?
Some people say yes. However, I have not found that to be true for myself. Ideally, you will find the most comfort as a back sleeper.
7. How Do You Stay Warm in a Hammock?
If you sleep in a hammock while camping, get an underquilt or a Klymit sleeping pad. These accessories are designed specifically for the purpose of increasing warmth. Plus, they fit hammocks perfectly so they don’t slip around.
You can also check out the Snugpack Hammock Cocoon, which surrounds the outside of the hammock for an extra layer of insulation. More tips on hammock camping.
8. Is it Safe to Sleep in a Hammock Overnight?
Hammocks are safe for overnight sleeping as long as they are hung securely and can support your weight. Generally, a 1-person hammock can hold between 250 and 350 pounds of weight. If you want a bed that can support more wight, simply get a 2-person hammock.
Also, check out these articles on sleeping position in a hammock, including the pros and cons: Sleeping with Your Head Elevated and Are there Benefits to Sleeping with Your Legs Elevated?
9. What Should I Look for When Choosing a Sleeping Hammock?
First of all, decide on the size hammock you want. For example, do you want a compact single-size hammock, double width or an extra large family size hammock?
Second, consider the look and feel that you want. For instance, do you like macrame/fringe boho hammocks, bright tropical colors or a fabric that is compact and portable, (ie. Yellow Leaf Hammocks)?
Third, think about the fabric. Cotton fabrics are very comfortable but tend to be warm in the summer time. Conversely, nylon camping hammocks are very lightweight and breathable. In addition, outdoor material like Sunbrella will perform better outdoors than other less durable materials.