In the past hammocks have mainly been associated with backpacking, travel and tropical climates, however these days it is not uncommon to find someone relaxing in a hammock in their home or garden. With the increase of hammock and stand combo sets being manufactured, you no longer have to find a pair of trees or beams to attach your hammock onto and you can even purchase a lightweight portable hammock stand that can be easily transported in a carry bag, by hand or by car.
With the increased availability of hammock stands for sale there has also been an increase in the amount of people who have opted to use their hammock in place of their bed and many swear by it as a great way to get a good night’s sleep. While most would agree that using a hammock is a great way to relax, some may be skeptical of whether there is any benefit to sleeping in a hammock and there are very few that would swap their bed for a hammock based solely on the word of a small number of internet users and hammock manufacturers.
So are there any proven advantages to sleeping in a hammock? In a recent study conducted by the University of Geneva and published in the Current Biology journal, a group of 12 volunteers were tested to see what effect a rocking motion had on their brain activity when sleeping. The participants had a 45 minute nap on a stationary bed and 45 minutes on a custom-made bed or “experimental hammock”. Results found that when on a slowly rocking bed each individual was able to fall asleep more quickly and easily, the participants also showed brain activity that corresponds with a deeper level of sleep. The study also suggested that the gentle rocking motion that could be experienced from using a hammock, helped synchronize the test subject’s brain activity into a pattern that is associated with sleeping.
Those who sleep in a hammock often say they fall asleep much faster than when they use a bed, in addition to this many also state that they feel better rested after sleeping in a hammock. There has been a lot of evidence to suggest that a deeper sleep can have a very positive effect upon you overall health since when you are in the deeper stages of sleep your body is able to repair and regrow bones, muscles and tissue as well as strengthen your immune system.
While this may not be enough of an incentive to make anyone want to discard their bed completely, it would appear that setting up a hammock and stand in your home or yard could be highly advantageous even if just for an afternoon nap. With a number of low priced compact 2 person hammock with stand sets available, most can experiment with sleeping in a hammock without spending a great amount of cash. If you were to find that sleeping in hammock is not your preference, at the very least a hammock with stand set is likely to be a nice addition to any outdoor space and a relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon.