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What Are Some Good Materials To Make A Hammock ?

Knit Hanging Chair - White - Medium

The quick answer is that cotton probably feels the nicest, but it is hard to tell the difference with a polyester cotton mix or even pure polyester. The polyester hammocks will last longer and fade less.

hammocks with cadejos
hammocks with cadejos

Differences Between Cotton, Polyester, and Synthetic Hammock Materials

When you start shopping for a hammock, then you will find three primary materials to consider: cotton, polyester, or other synthetics. If you look at a canvas hammock, then this material is usually made from cotton to create a durable layer of protection.

Many synthetics have a brand name associated with them because it is a proprietary product. Tropilex offers a durable poly/cotton blend for many of their hammocks as well. Each material brings something to the user experience.

Cotton Rope Hammock - Double Natural
Cotton Rope Hammock

Cotton: This material provides you with the classic hammock experience. It is soft, comforting, and very durable. You’ll want to store it somewhere dry during the winter or an extended period of poor weather.

Polyester: This material offers more durability for challenging climates. It is resistant to mould, mildew, and common forms of rot. Most hammocks made from this material feel the same as the natural cotton ones.

Synthetics: This material can come in a variety of formats. Some will offer breathability that will keep you cooler during use. Others provide a remarkable amount of durability.

Cost is a significant factor when deciding which material type to choose for your new hammock. Natural materials are often the cheapest. That’s why selecting a poly/cotton blend as you can find with many hammocks is a tempting choice.

You’ll receive a higher level of durability and easier maintenance without breaking your budget. Every material used to make a hammock offers distinct advantages. Think about what your needs are, and then choose the material that will support you well. 

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Sleeping In Hammocks

In 2019 so many of us are looking for new ways to feel better in our everyday lives. Sleep is one thing that affects us all, a bad nights sleep can equal poor productivity the next day as well as low moods and generally feeling unwell.

The NHS advise that we can get seriously ill from lack of sleep and The Sleep Council recommend finding somewhere we feel comfortable to relax is the first step to getting a better nights sleep.

Hammocks have been around for at least 1000 years which is the earliest trace of one on record. They were originally used for protection as opposed to leisure.

The Eco Mail shares that they were even used in the Navy for three centuries allowing the sailor to gain more room. Today we are going to share with you why a hammock is the ideal place to sleep to help you feel better.

Arc Hammock Stand for Family Hammocks

Easier to get to sleep:

Sleeping in a hammock can help your body to relax in a more comfortable position and when you find that key position your body is going to stay put, with the curve in the hammock providing extra support so you don’t fall out. Making sure the curve is lose will provide a better nights sleep as you will not feel squeezed within the hammock as this can also be bad for your body. If you can get the hammock to your ideal position where you feel secure and relaxed, this will reap benefits for your body. According to The Ultimate Hang laying on the diagonal is the key to comfort. Hammocks such as the Tropilex Cherry Double Hammock is ideal for this as you can achieve the perfect position.

Deeper sleep:

Did you know Hammocks help you to sleep deeper? The rocking motion that hammocks make actually helps you to fall asleep into a deeper sleep also known as N2. Sophie Schwartz who is a professor of neurology led a study that concluded that swinging can modulate physiological parameters of human sleep. She advises that lying on a slowly rocking bed helps to facilitate the transition from being awake to sleep. With that in mind purchasing a hammock to sleep in is seeming more like a good idea by the minute. Hammocks are available for indoor use as well as outdoor and can be more comfortable overall than a bed.

Good for feeling better?:

According to Alaska Sleep Clinic finding the perfect sleep position is crucial for feeling better. Sleeping on your back is great for helping with neck and back pain and allows you to gain a better nights sleep and wake up feeling better. The National Sleep Foundation  advises elevating your spine can help with getting a more comfortable position for your back this can be done by a cushion or a rolled up towel. Using a hammock in place of a cushion can allow your pressure points to be elevated, allowing your body to feel soothed.

Whether you want a hammock for napping or just for relaxing outdoors, the benefits seem apparent when it comes to improving your mood and general wellbeing.

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Newsletter September

New Hammocks

New Hammocks!

1. We have increased our range by 122 quality hammocky items. So now you will find some new standsnew fixingsnew hammocks and new hanging chairs. Wooden Arch Hammock Stands start from £222.83.

2. Check out our new guide of how to hang your hammock. You don’t even need to read it. I managed to persuade my boys to narrate it out loud. It contains some tips learned from long experience with hammocks.

3. 4 items on our clearance page, each having 20% off. This page is always worth a look.

New Hammocks
One of our newest hammocks – click here
20% off with the code'hammo'

We have a giant SALE taking place at our other website THE REAL RUG COMPANY. We have to sell our big rugs to make space in our warehouse. So many of them have 80% off.

Here is a customer comment from 20th September:

“Love the rug, it’s a beauty. Weighty, unusual, gorgeous colours. Great to be able to order a bulky item of furnishing and not have to wait for weeks before getting it, too. Customer service kept us updated every step of the way and we got the order in a few days. Thank you.”

20% off with the discount code hammo

There is currently 33% off pure cashmere striped scarves at MYPASHMINA at the moment.

These are ideal for children in the autumn and winter. Handy and cosy.
Also, each one is unique in the world and has been individually photographed. There are about 200 different designs in stock.

How To Hang A Hammock. A Guide With 14 Easy Tips. 3 Is The Best.

Hammock Fixing Kit

A 10 minute read

Read The Ultimate Guide To Easily Hang Your Hammock So It Is Secure And Comfortable.

You can listen to Henry(7) and Winston(9) read this article so that you don’t have to!

Firstly, relax! It is not difficult to hang up a hammock. If you have a decent hammock and use suspension equipment which is suitable for your chosen location, then it will be quick and easy to make yourself a bed in the sky.

The basic principles of hanging a hammock are as follows:

  1. You need two supports strong enough to carry all the people in the hammock.
    • The main tree trunk of a living tree is almost always strong enough. Branches are more risky. I would always go for the main trunk unless it is a really substantial tree.
    • If it is supporting a house, then it is probably strong enough. You can attach hammocks to interior walls or to the support for a pergola. The wall of a standard British garden shed will probably not be good enough. Fence posts are risky. You will know if it is strong enough. 
    • Street furniture is usually designed to withstand plenty of abuse. We have hung hammocks from posts at train stations, public railings and sign posts before.
    • The tow-bar or roof rack or your vehicle can make a useful second post. The tow-bar is often low to the ground, so that will usually only work if the topography is correct. Roof racks and roof bars should be carefully assessed on an individual basis.
    • It is possible to rig up a bi-pod with a guy rope pegged into the ground for one end of the hammock. This would be most suitable for a 1 person hammock, as it is not the strongest solution, but it does solve the ‘two-tree problem’.
  2. You need something tall enough to hang it from at a comfortable height.
    • If you look at all the photos of people laying in hammocks when they are between trees, you will see that the rope is at about 30-45 degrees. So depending on the hanging distance , extend that line upwards and outwards to your hanging point. I usually find myself attaching my ropes to a tree at about head height.
    • When we set up the hammock for children, we usually have it as low to the ground as possible. That means that when they fall out, nobody gets hurt. So you can take the hanging height into consideration. Remember that a brand new hammock will stretch a little on it’s first few uses, so you will want to leave some room for adjustment. It will also hang lower to the ground with more people or heavier people in it.
  3. You need to fix it to your supports in such a way that the attachment gets stronger when there is more weight in the hammock, but can be easily undone when the weight is removed.
    • An example of this would be hanging the hammock from simple S-hooks. It is very easy to remove the hammock from the hooks when it is empty, but when you have some weight in the hammock it is perfectly secure. There is no need for carabiners until you plan to be jumping around in the hammock. Even in that case it is hard to dislodge a hammock from s-hooks.
    • When you wrap a rope around a tree, getting in the hammock will pull it tighter and hold it in place. This principle works on even the smoothest trees. This means that if you simply wrap a rope twice around a tree trunk so that it overlaps itself and then attach one end to itself and the other end to the hammock, it will be stronger the more weight is in the hammock. I hope that was explained clearly.
    • You should stick to simple knots that are easy to undo. There is nothing less relaxing than having to spend an hour trying to untie a rope from a tree. Most hammock ropes are polyester which is strong, but it is also slippery enough that it is easier to untie knots. Tree straps with s-hooks make it easy to clip on to itself, so it is very easy to untie again once the weight is removed.
  4. Your hanging points should be a good distance apart. The range is quite big, There is a clear limit when the supporting objects are too close together. This is roughly 90% of the overall length of the hammock.

    For hanging points which are further apart, the limit is more down to personal preference. I would be quite happy with a hanging distance of about ten meters. You get a nice slow swing with a longer hanging distance. However, you need more rope and you have to attach the rope quite a lot higher.
  5. You need a hammock you can trust not to break.
Fix the hammock to any wall
Fix your hammock to a wall

Fixed vs Temporary Fixings

Are you planning to keep your hammock in one place, or even move it between two or three regular places? Maybe you want your hammock at one end of your deck or terrace in the morning and at the other end in the evening. If that is the case then I would suggest setting up fixings at each location. It is much better to simply unclip your hammock from one place and clip it on to another one without having to check and adjust a rope each time. In my ideal world, I would have wall hooks attached all over the place at just the right height and spacing.

If you are planning to put your hammock in it’s handy carry bag and take it off to the forest or beach then you will find ropes a much better solution. You could start screwing hooks into every tree you use so that they are there for future visitors. Most healthy trees will not be damaged by this, especially if you use stainless steel or other rust proof fixings. Most fixings are in this category. However you are probably looking to relax in your hammock rather than setting out on a minor DIY task.

Vivere Single Hook Set
This is an S-Hook

S-Hooks Vs Carabiners

Advantages of S-Hooks

  • Quick and easy to hang and remove your hammock.
  • Cheaper
  • Easy to adjust

Advantages of Carabiners

  • Feels very secure.
  • Is more secure, especially if children are playing in the hammock.
  • You could attach two things pulling in different directions without added risk.

Moving on from the mechanics of hanging your hammock, some things to consider when aiming for ultimate relaxation and comfort in your hammock are:

  1. It is more comfortable to have a hammock that is well balanced. The most balanced hammocks are the ones that self adjust. Does the hammock have strings which can slide through the loops at the end of the hammock ?

    The Colombian hammocks have an open loop design, which many people say  enhances balance compared to the closed loop design. In my opinion, the difference is very small. But they do look nicer and are easier to hang.

    ‘Cadejos’ are continuations of the main hammock bed fabric which are woven into plaits. Logically this would spread the weight perfectly and make the hammock more comfortable. I think the difference is small, but every detail is worth considering.

  2. It is worth thinking about the comfort of the fabric against your skin. Cotton feels nice. Polycotton, which is 70% polyester and 30% cotton feels very similar, but are more durable and weatherproof. Nylon doesn’t feel quite as comfortable against the skin, but the travel hammocks pack up really small and are really strong, so it is a trade off.

  3. Durability. A hammock kept indoors will last for as long as any other furniture. If it is going to be left outside to the elements, then it should be allowed to dry when it gets wet, and man made fibres like polyester or polypropylene will last longer than cotton.

  4. Portability: How small does your hammock pack up? Will you be moving it often ? The travel hammocks are the most portable, but a single cotton hammock only weighs just over a kilo and takes up about the same space as a wooly jumper in your luggage.
Elegance Double Hammock - Ecru
The Elegance is a beautiful HAMACA famiily hammock

Other factors to consider. Although this guide is more about hanging your hammock, so this is just a quick list.

  1. Price: You don’t have to pay a fortune for a good hammock, but really cheap ones are not the best value.
  2. Design: It feels better to lay in a beautiful hammock.
  3. Fair Trade: No need to feel guilty.
  4. Environmental concerns: From an environmentalists  perspective, for cotton hammocks , recycled cotton is the best, followed by organic cotton, followed by regular cotton.
  5. Opportunity cost: You could buy some Bitcoin instead.

I hope you found this guide useful. I intended to lay out the basic principles. It is not rocket science and as long as you check and test your hammock before diving in, then it should all be fine. Good luck and happy relaxation.

Hammock Heaven - Only the best Hammocks
Hammock Heaven – Only the best Hammocks

You can see our range of hammocks here, and you can see our extensive range of fixings and accessories here. We offer free shipping on most orders and you are welcome to call or email us with any questions. Hammock Heaven has been online since 2004, so we have learnt a thing or two about hammocks in the last 15 years!

This video is a reading of this article with a selection
of hammocks and fixings from our range.

10 Things To Know About Our Travel Hammocks

HammockHeaven’s Travock and Parachute travel hammocks are the ultimate travel accessory. Perfect for everyone from day trippers to road warriors, they are sure to become an indispensable part of your travel gear. Here are ten things you should know about these popular packable models.

1. Stuff sack included

Did we mention packable? Both the Parachute and Travock travel hammocks come with their own stuff sack. The one on the Parachute models is even attached, creating a convenient pocket that you can use to keep a water bottle or flashlight close at hand. When you’re finished using the hammock, there’s no need to fold it like Marie Kondo folds shirts; just stuff it in the included sack and throw it in your bag.

Henry in a travel hammock - travock
Fun in a travel hammock – Travock

2. Magic or manufacturing?

How is it possible for them to fit in such a compact stuff sack? Is this magic? Nope. They can be squeezed into such a small space because they are made from nylon. This silky synthetic material is very strong and durable, but also very thin and lightweight.

3. Irresistible resistance

HammockHeaven’s travel hammocks are weather resistant and mildew resistant. The properties of nylon allow the Parachute and Travock models to dry in a flash. Got caught in a downpour? Surprised by a sudden snowfall? Hang your hammock in the sun and it will be dry in minutes. No mildew. No musty scent. No lingering dampness.

4. Single to supersized

The Parachute and Travock travel hammocks each come in two sizes perfect for one to two people. The Parachute is available in single and double sizes, while the Travock is available in regular and XL sizes. The regular Travock model can hold up to 120 kg and the XL model holds up to 180 kg. The single Parachute model is weighted for up to 118 kg, while the double-sized model can hold up to 181 kg.

5. Cool color combos

Our two-toned Travock and Parachute models come in stylized color combinations from bright orange and turquoise to neutral black and sand. Choose colors that express your personality or will stand out on Snapchat. Because HammockHeaven’s travel hammocks are made from colorfast nylon, they won’t fade in the sun or become less bright with each wash.

6. Two minutes and counting

If you’re traveling solo, you won’t need an extra pair of hands to help you set up your hammock. With just the built-in ropes that are part of every travel hammock and either the stainless steel S-hooks that come with the Travock models or a hanging kit (purchased separately) for the Parachute models, you’ll be relaxing within minutes.

7. Sweet dreams

Did you know that sleeping in a hammock has been scientifically proven to be beneficial for your health? A study done at the University of Geneva Neuroscience Center concluded that the a gentle rocking motion like that of the hammock helps you sleep like a baby. Not only did the gentle rocking help a majority of the study participants fall asleep faster, it improved the quality of their sleep.

8. Buy them with Bitcoin

You can buy our hammocks with Bitcoin. Cool, right? That’s just the kind of hip company HammockHeaven is. We even give our customers a discount if they use Bitcoin to make their purchases. To buy a travel hammock with Bitcoin, transfer the amount of your purchase into your smartphone wallet. At checkout, open your wallet, scan the QR code, and press the button to confirm. It’s as simple as that.

Bitcoin Hammocks
Swap Bitcoin For Hammocks

9. The best things in life are free

HammockHeaven’s commitment to quality customer service includes FREE shipping to most UK locations on all of their hammock models. The Travock travel hammocks by HAMACA can even be on your doorstep overnight if you place your order by 12:30 in the afternoon! Not in the UK? No worries, mate. We ship everywhere from Austria to Australia. We have low cost shipping options for our neighbours in the EU and charge our international customers only what the courier charges us. The shipping rates will be displayed at checkout.

10. Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing

Our travel hammocks have the same warranty as our other hammock lines. If anything you buy from HammockHeaven breaks or malfunctions within the first 365 days, we will replace it or give you your money back. If you want to return an unused hammock you ordered or received as a gift, you can send it back to us within 60 days and we’ll refund the purchase in full. We also offer a low price guarantee on the HAMACA hammocks. If you find a Travock travel hammock for a lower price on another site, we’ll refund you the difference in price AND give you £20 to spend on any of our other products.

Quick Hammock Guide

Deck Hammock XL

Comparing Different Hammocks

This quick guide will go from the smallest and cheapest hammocks up to the biggest and most expensive, then we will finish it off with some comments about hanging chairs, and some notes about hammocks with spreader bars.

Nearly all Hamaca hammocks are hand made in Colombia from recycled cotton. The cotton is soft, strong and comfortable and the colours and designs are gorgeous.

I will try to mention only the benefits and disadvantages specific to each type of hammock, and only when compared to other types of hammocks.

Nearly every Hamaca hammock has the following features which are an advantage over other brands of hammocks:

Hamaca Hammocks
  1. Cadejos – the stylish cotton chains at the end of the hammock which look great, but also help distribute weight perfectly.
  2. Handy matching carry bag, which is big enough for the hammock, but with room for a book a drink and some ropes. Many other brands you really have to squeeze the hammock in…
  3. Colombian style with an open loop at the end.
  4. Recycled cotton with Azo-Free Dyes, and transported by ship. I.e. This is the most eco-friendly type of hammock you can buy.
  5. Easy to wash in the washing machine.

Children’s Hammocks / Kids Hammocks  

Advantages

  1. Single rope attachment for child safety.
  2. Just about big enough for an adult.
  3. 2 x 3m ropes built in.
  4. Packs up small and light, so perfect for taking on holiday or to the lake.
  5. Low price per hammock.Transform a bedroom for £30 !

Disadvantages

  1. Small for an adult, so only one lying position (straight).
Cuadro Kids Hammock - Rainbow
Hammocks For Children

Travel Hammocks

Advantages

  1. 2 x 3m Ropes with Hooks built in to each Travock ( Travel Hammock ).
  2. Packs up small for travels. The 2 person XL size packs up to 20x12x12cm which is about  2.4 litres in volume. The 1 person is slightly smaller.
  3. Big hammocks, especially compared to the packed up size.
  4. Extra strong, made from nylon, like parachutes.
  5. A travel hammock will dry  very quickly if it gets wet.
  6. Price. At the lower end of the price range.

Disadvantages

  1. Cotton is softer and more comfortable than parachute silk.
Travock - Travel Hammock - Treasure
Travel Hammocks

Single Hammocks

Advantages

  1. The perfect size for an adult, a squeeze for two, plenty of room for kids.
  2. Packs up small and lightweight, so good for travelling or taking to the park.
  3. Inexpensive
  4. Cadejos, a carry bag and machine washable, as are all hammocks in the rest of this guide.
  5. It’s a single hammock, so you remind others of this fact for some peace and quiet.


Disadvantages

  1. I can’t think of any disadvantages, unless you want a bigger or smaller hammock.
Knit Single Hammock - Fuschia
Single Hammocks

Double Hammocks

Advantages

  1. Room for two adults.
  2. Same advantages as other size hammocks

Disadvantages

  1. If you want a different size hammock, choose that. Price and size…

It’s a short list for this one, but it’s one of our most popular hammocks. I just didn’t want to repeat the advantages of the single hammock.

Cuadro Double Hammock - Ocean
Double Hammock – You Can Sit Across it

Family Hammocks

Advantages

  1. Plenty of room. You can lay which way you like, or have lots of people in the hammock.
  2. Value per person, or per square meter of hammock area.
  3. Big hammocks look fantastic.
  4. Can fold the edges around you as a sunshade or even a cosy roof.
  5. Same advantages as other size cotton hammocks. Washable, bag included etc.

Disadvantages

  1. Not as portable for flights. Fine to take to beach or park, but maybe it takes up too much luggage space if you are just taking hand luggage.
  2. Our biggest hammocks are our most expensive hammocks, but they work out quite cheap per person or for the size.
Supernova Hammock - XXL - Kaleidoscope
Supernova Family Hammock – Room For Everyone

Hanging Hammock Chairs

Advantages

  1. Space saving, so suitable in almost any space.
  2. Easy to get in and out of.
  3. Sitting position allows typing etc.
  4. Brightens up a room.
  5. Cheaper than other types of chairs.

Disadvantages

  1. Can’t lay down, except in our denim hanging chair with it’s fantastic foot rest.
  2. Not as portable as a hammock due to the bar. It has a bag with a shoulder strap, so it is fine to take to the park or beach, but more difficult to take on a flight.
Knit Hanging Chair - Fuschia - Small
Hanging Chairs

Spreader Bar Hammocks

Advantages

  1. Fabric drys quickly if it gets wet.
  2. Easy to get in and out of.
  3. Looks great

Disadvantages

  1. Not as portable as a hammock without the spreader bars. It has a bag with a shoulder strap, so it is fine to take to the park or beach, but more difficult to take on a flight.
  2. Marginally less stable than hammocks without the spreader bar.
Deck Hammock XL
Spreader Bars

Conclusion

I hope this quick guide was useful. Please tell us your experiences with your hammocks. We woould love to hear from you. Contact us.

Fake News – Hammocks

Deck Hammock XL
Actually the study had nothing to do with Hammocks

TLDR; Apparently the Daily Mail article saying that hammocks are good for sleep is Fake News. It was based on a study where the participants lay in a gently rocking BED, not a hammock!! Details below.

Do hammocks aid sleep? Don’t be swayed

Page contents
Where did the story come from?
What kind of research was this?
What did the research involve?
What were the basic results?
How did the researchers interpret the results?

The news is based on a small sleep study which found that lying on a slowly rocking bed can help the transition into sleep, and that rocking also alters the type of sleep experienced. Researchers say that these changes in brain and sleep behaviour could explain why humans find rhythmic rocking to be soothing, for example when mothers rock their babies.

While this research is interesting, it was only a small study and its results were based on 10 healthy men who did not normally have sleep problems. It also only looked at the effect of rocking on a 45-minute afternoon nap rather than a whole night’s sleep. Given the limited scope of this research, it remains to be seen whether rocking might be able to help treat sleep disorders such as night-time insomnia.

Very Relaxing – Even if this study was misinterpreted by the Daily Mail!

Where did the story come from?
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Geneva, Geneva University Hospital and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and the Université Paris Descartes in France. It was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology.

The media generally reported the story accurately. However, many articles gave the impression that the study took place in a hammock, whereas it was performed in a type of slowly moving bed. It should also be noted that none of the study participants had sleep disorders such as insomnia. It has yet to be determined whether rocking could help treat insomnia.

What kind of research was this?
This small-scale sleep study compared sleep during an afternoon nap in which a bed was either stationary or rocking. It aimed to demonstrate that gentle rocking can change types of sleep experienced during a short afternoon nap. The study’s design was appropriate, but the study would have to be performed in greater numbers of participants before general conclusions could be drawn.

What did the research involve?
Twelve healthy male volunteers, aged 22–38 years old, had two 45-minute afternoon naps (lasting from 2.30pm to 3.15pm) on a bed that either remained stationary or rocked gently at a rate of one full rock every four seconds.

The participants were good sleepers who did not have excessive daytime sleepiness and did not normally nap in the afternoon. Participants all had low anxiety levels and had enjoyed a good quality and quantity of sleep for three nights before each afternoon nap. This was determined using sleep questionnaires and from measurements of motor activity.

Supernova Hammock - XXL - Kaleidoscope
Hammocks are great fun. Study on sleep yet to be carried out scientifically!

The two naps were at least one week apart, and the order in which the participants slept on the rocking or stationary bed was randomly determined. The naps took place in complete darkness, at a controlled temperature (21°C) and with the same amount of background noise (37 decibels). During the naps, the researchers continuously took multiple measurements of physiological changes and brain function. Sleep stages and brain activity were then classified from the measurements by sleep experts who were blinded to the experimental conditions. The volunteers also completed sleep questionnaires and their motor activity was recorded.

The data from 10 of the 12 participants were analysed. The data from one participant were excluded because he had elevated anxiety levels which prevented him from falling asleep during one of the naps, and technical problems prevented sleep measurements from being recorded during one other participant’s nap.

What were the basic results?
Eight participants rated the rocking bed as more pleasant than the stationary bed, one participant found both conditions equally pleasant and one preferred the bed stationary.

The researchers found that rocking accelerated sleep onset. Sleep normally happens in cycles of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). NREM is further divided into three types: N1, N2 and N3. A sleep cycle normally follows the pattern: N1-N2-N3-N2-REM.

The researchers found that N1 sleep duration was shorter on the rocking bed (about 30% of total sleep time) compared to on the stationary bed (about 50%). The duration of N2 sleep was greater on the rocking bed (about 66% of total sleep time) than on the stationary bed (about 46%). Rocking also modified brain activity during N2 sleep. The brain activity observed was characteristic of deep sleep. These brain changes were observed across all the volunteers.

How did the researchers interpret the results?
The researchers suggest that rhythmic rocking enhances “synchronous activity” in the brain, which could “promote the onset of sleep and its maintenance”.

Conclusion
This study showed that falling asleep is aided by gentle rocking, and that rocking can affect the sleep cycle. However:

This was a small study with only 12 participants, of whom only 10 where included in the final analysis. Also, the study only included male participants.

A previous study looked at whole-night sleep and found that rocking does not consistently affect N1 sleep, although it did reduce the percentage of the deeper-stage N2 sleep. However, it did not look at how the ease of falling asleep was affected.

None of the volunteers in this study had any problems falling asleep. It remains to be determined whether rocking can be used to treat insomnia or other sleep disorders.

Our Hanging Chairs At Home

Playa Kids Hanging Chair - Rainbow

A Personal Guide To Hanging Chairs

Right now our son is laying on the floor on his back with just his feet in his hanging chair. He’s seven, and he has spent the last hour in various positions in and around the Playa Rainbow hanging chair in our apartment. He’s probably planning who he is going to attack next in Minecraft.

I have a few of observations:

My first is that a hanging chair is a bit more convenient than a hammock. Especially if you are the type of person who can’t really sit still, or if your home life means that staying still for more than a few minutes at a time is not really feasible. It is easy to sit in and to get up out of. When you compare it to a hammock, I would say it takes half the effort and half the time to get in and out of.

My second observation is how little space the hanging chair takes up in the room. Granted, it is one of the kids hanging chairs and the spreader bar is only 70cm long. It is located quite near to the kettle in our open plan lounge and kitchen area, and we pass by that area of the room all the time. It never seems to be in the way when it is not in use, and it doesn’t get in the way when any of the children are using it.

My final observation is that in a room that is mainly wood and white and beige, the hanging chair really brightens up part of the room. It looks colourful and cheerful. We have had this chair hanging there for about 18 months. It has been washed in the washing machine about 10 times, and it still looks new and fresh. You can call it a long term hammock test if you like and it has passed with flying colours!

We have hung this hanging chair so that it is only about 5cm from the from the ground. We would usually hang it a bit higher, but our 18 month old boy loves it and being 18 months old, he is totally reckless and keeping it low to the ground means he can’t fall far. He can’t get in the hanging chair by himself yet, but he can get out.

Playa Kids Hanging Chair - Rainbow
Playa Rainbow – Kids Hanging Chair

I would strongly recommend hanging chairs for children. Obviously think of the safety and don’t hang it above a concrete floor if you have a two year old who likes to throw herself about!

Our Other Hanging Chair

The other hanging chair that we use regularly is one of our denim hanging chairs. We really like this hanging chair for a few reasons:

Firstly, I love the extra long foot and leg rest. Many hanging chairs come with a seperate mini hammock for the feet. We used to sell chairs like this. It never seemed as comfortable or convenient as it looked on the pictures. You had to get your heel in just the right place. Not terrible, just not instantly relaxing.  The roll out foot and leg rest on the denim hanging chair is just an extension of the base of the chair. It is super comfortable.

My wife likes to nurse our youngest in this hanging chair in comfort. It works very well.

I like the fabric. Denim looks great. Maybe it just goes especially well with the rest of our apartment, but I expect it will look very nice in most locations. The fabric feels strong and comfortable.

I like that it was made as part of an organization in El Salvador which is trying to make a difference to the lives women there.

Like the childrens hanging chair, it is also easy to get in and out of and it doesn’t take up much space when not in use. I like to sit in it and read for a few minutes until something more important to do comes up.

Denim Hanging Chair
Denim Hanging Chair With Leg Support

Top 5 Benefits Of Hanging Chairs

So, in summary, the main benefits of a hanging chair are as follows.

  1. Space saving
  2. Easy to get in and out of
  3. Looks good
  4. Easy to wash
  5. Can be put away or hung up in 2 seconds

Hanging Chairs Outside

We used to live in Sweden, where there are almost a hundred thousand lakes each surrounded by trees. As soon as the weather turned warm enough we would take a hammock and swimming equipment down to a lake for a swim and some relaxation.

We would usually take a hammock. Probably because it comes in a handy shoulder bag and it doesn’t feel as bulky to carry. But a hanging chair is not much trouble to carry at all.

We did take hanging chairs to lakes. Mainly for photography. It works really well. If you have any branch that sticks out from the tree, then you can hang a hanging chair from it. Your feet are clear of the ants on the ground and you can relax in the breeze.

It’s very cosy to have a hanging chair hanging next to a hammock by the lake. So that’s one reason to get both.

If you want to use your new hanging chair outside, but you don’t want to take it around with you, then you can easily hang it from any tree in your garden. You might want a tree band to hang it from, but any strong piece of rope will do the job.

Hanging Chair - Hamaca Cayo Cupcake
Cayo Cupcake – Hanging Chair (Customer Photo)

You can also use your hanging chair on a veranda. It is easy, plus it will not take up much space on your veranda. I think every veranda wishes it was bigger once you start filling it with stuff, but a hanging chair really helps with that problem.

Final Words

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Why Buy A Kids Hammock For Your Children?

Cuadro Kids Hanging Chair - Rainbow

What Is A Kids Hammock ?

Let’s start with our definition of a kids hammock . There are two characteristics that define a kids hammock.

  1. A kids hammock is one which has a single cord at the end rather than a spread of cords. This is a safety feature. It means that if the child climbs up the end of the hammock and climbs through the cords, there is nowhere to enclose around the child’s neck.
  2. Kids hammocks are smaller than a single adult hammock. The maximum fabric laying area of a kids hammock would be 120x200cm. Most of our kids hammocks are this size.

Why Children Love Hammocks

As a dad to three boys, I see on a daily basis how much they love hammocks. Every time they go in the hammock, either together or by themselves, they smile. I have asked them why they like it, but as they are still young, I get answers like ‘I just like it!’ or ‘because it’s good’. Therefore, I will have to substitute some of my own theories as to why my boys, and kids in general love hammocks so much:

You are never really still in a hammock. Every time you make a slight movement, it triggers a general swaying at least. Any bigger movements make more momentum, which then has to be controlled. Children love moving or perhaps they just can’t sit still. So I think a hammock allows a child a place to rest and relax without being still.

There is always some feeling of some physical risk or instability when in a hammock. This feels quite exciting for children. Even though the worst that can happen is a drop of a few inches on to a lawn or carpet.

If there is more than one child in the hammock, they will inevitably tumble in to each other. Everything contact seems to be ticklish and hilarious, and sharing a hammock makes contact inevitable.

You can kind of disappear in a hammock. Many children like to be in the vicinity so they know what’s going on without being the focus of attention. When you lay in the middle of a hammock, with the sides up high, it is quite a concealed little hidey-hole. It is also a very comfortable place to be ensconced. It’s a place where you can carry on reading the book you were enjoying without disruptions, but still be around the rest of the family.

When two children are in a hammock, they can make their plots and plans with a feeling of being in a den. You can easily also put a string above the hammock and hang a blanket over it to make it even more den-like.

A hammock is a good place for make believe and role playing. Our boys like to pretend they are on a pirate ship or in a spaceship. The hammock provides the feeling of flying or floating so it allows the imagination to work it’s magic.

So, that is why I think they love it so much.

6 Other Reasons To Buy A Kids Hammock

From my dads-eye point of view I love how much they enjoy it and that is the primary benefit to me, but I have noticed how having a hammock around gives them a space to read. This means they read more which I like.

By the way, the kids hanging chairs are also a great hit with the boys. They never sit still in them, constantly pushing off from a nearby wall, and they can do that for a long time and read a book at the same time. I have to admire the coordination going on there. If it was me I would be crashing in to the wall all the time.

You can just about fit an adult in one of our kids hammocks. I am 5feet 10inches and it is just about comfortable. I only have one position I can lay in , which is straight, but it is perfectly comfy for an adult until someone comes and jumps on you!

Because the kids hammocks are smaller, they are more easily transportable. They weigh under a kilo and will easily fit in the bottom of your hand luggage if flying. Next time you are stuck at an airport due to drones, you can just whip out your hammock and tie it between two benches, so the kids can have a sleep. At least until someone comes and tells you off.

It is perfect to take on any picnic with you. The ropes are built in and it comes in a handy carry bag. It is the most portable of the cotton hammocks. The travel hammocks are more portable, but the cotton is more cosy than the nylon.

A hammock always makes a great present. The price is in the range of normal niece and nephew gifts and everyone will love it.

The last reason to buy a kids hammock, or at least something that you don’t have to worry about, is that it is machine washable. Simply tie up the ropes at the end and wash it like you would with anything else that is colourful and made from cotton.

Why Buy Your Kids Hammock From Hammock Heaven ?

Now you have read the arguments as to why you might want a kids hammock, we think you should buy one from Hammock Heaven, especially hammocks of our own Hamaca brand. Here are 3 reasons why.

  1. Great quality – a thicker and stronger hammock means it will last as long as you need it.  
  2. Gorgeous designs – very nice colours and patterns which means it looks better than other hammocks.  
  3. Free overnight delivery in the UK – so that the price you see is the price you pay and you can expect to receive your hammock tomorrow.

Last words

If you disagree with anything, or think we missed anything, please contact us. We love to hear from people interested in hammocks outside of just shopping.

If you thought this was interesting, you might want to read the advantages of family hammocks, or some reasons to buy a double hammock.

There is a reason for everything, but I think the case for kids hammocks is the most compelling.

A Case For Family Hammocks

Family Hammocks

If you liked our last article about the advantages of double hammocks over single hammocks, you will enjoy this.

Why Buy A Family Hammock ?

We define a family hammock as a traditional style hammock with a fabric width of at least 175cm, or a hammock with spreader bars with a fabric width of at least 155cm.

We use this definition because it means there is room for three people. To be specific, three people can lay on a family hammock without touching each other. That sounds a bit unfriendly doesn’t it ?

The maximum size of a family hammock is unlimited according to our definition. That is why the Supernova hammock, which is probably the biggest hammock in the world, is in this category. Maybe it should have a category of it’s own? something like party hammocks ? Tell us what you think.

Three Reasons

First, here are three reasons to buy any hammock from us. Especially hammocks of our own Hamaca brand.

  1. Great quality – thicker and stronger means it will last as long as you need it.
  2. Gorgeous designs – very nice colours and cadejos which means it looks better than other hammocks
  3. Free overnight delivery in the UK – so that the price you see is the price you pay and you can expect to receive your hammock tomorrow.

6 Reasons To Buy A Family Hammock

Reasons to buy a family hammock .

The first question to answer is compared to what ? In this case I will argue why yuou should buy a family hammock, when compared to a double or single hammock.

  1. More people is more fun
    It is fun to have 3 or more people in a hammock. It is a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Gently swaying between two trees, chatting and laughing.
  2. You can have your own space
    With 175cm at least of width, even with 3 adults in hammock, you can have your own space. You can lay in the hammock top to tail so that you each get your own section with a soft ridge in between. I love how hammocks arrange themselves to fit the people.
    This advantage is magnified if you get the Supernova hammock, or if you have just 2 adults in a family hammock, or a bunch of children. Although hang the hammock nice and low to the soft grassy ground if a load of kids are going to be playing in it.
  3. You can lay any way you want.
    Even in our Raya Hammock which is 175cm or (5ft 9inches), you can lay perpendicular to the hammock. This is 97% of women in the UK, or 99.97% of Nepalese women. We do business with Nepal (mypashmina.co.uk), so I was curious. Half of men in the UK are under 5ft 9. Our Mammoth hammock is 210cm wide, so only 1 in 685 men will be too tall to lay widthwise.

  4. It means that if you lay at any angle you will be able to find quite a flat laying surface if that is what you prefer. It all comes down to flexibilty. Surely more comfortable positions is better than less.
  5. You can close the hammock around you.
    I was toying with the idea of adding straps and holes to the sides of the mammoth hammocks, so you can join them together at the top and make a little tent. Or how about installing some little LED lights. It sounds very cosy to me. My boys love to make the big hammocks in to dens. The bigger the hammock, the better this idea will work. As the hammock is made from strong cotton (recycled by the way), you can add what you like to it’s design. Please tell us you ideas.
  6. More space with less weight
    You could take 5 hammocks on a picnic, but they you would need to take 5 sets of ropes and hooks too. With a family hammock, you can be sure of room for everyone, but you only need to take one bag. Hamaca family hammocks come complete with a matching shoulder bag, which is big enough to hold the hammock plus ropes and a book and a drink. We made the bag generous on purpose, because we found with other brands we used to sell that it was an inconvenience to fold up the hammock and try and fit it in to a ‘just right’ bag. We wanted it to be relaxing, and it is.
  7. It looks impressive
    I know this is a shallow point, that people don’t like to admit, but why do people spend £50k on a car when a perfectly good car can be had for a few thousand pounds? It’s a status thing. Many socialogists would claim it is a mainly male status thing. So if you have a supernova in you garden, people will be impressed. Then everyone will jump in the hammock, and think what a smart cookie you are for buying the biggest hammocks available in the world.

Disadvantages of Family Hammocks

Some disadvantages of family hammocks

  1. Maybe you want some peace.
    If you have a single hammock, at least you can say to the kids or the other half that it is a single hammock, so sorry but there is no room. Then you can go back to your book and glass of wine in peace.
  2. Bit big and heavy
    Compared to a single hammock, a family hammock will weigh more, so is not really suitable for using up your Ryanair baggage allowance. A single hammock weighing under 1kg is perfect for this, but the family ones , not so much.
  3. Depends how much space you have.
    Obviously if your trees are too close together, or your indoors space for a hammock is not big enough, then a family hammock won’t work. If you have the right space, then bigger is better in my opinion. It is only the length of the space that matters when calculating the space, because when you are not using the hammock, it closes itself and takes up hardly any room at all.
  4. Price
    Family hammocks cost more per hammock, although they do cost less per hammock user. For example the Supernova hammock is easily good for 8 people, and at £199 that works out to less than £25 per person. A single hammock costs at least £39 per user.
    The Raya hammock costs £90, so with 3 users, thats £30 per person, still cheaper per simultaneous hammock user than a single hammock. I wonder if they use the same units on the other side of the pond !

Tell Us About Your Experience With Family Hammocks ?

If you think I have missed any obvious advantages or disadvantages of family hammocks, please let us know. We love to hear from our customers outside of the transactional.