Why hammocks are best for an afternoon nap…
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that lying on a slowly rocking bed helped each subject in a small test group
Scientists have proved that a swinging hammock promotes sleep. The research sounds exhaustive if not exhausting. Each and every volunteer coddled in a gently swinging hammock soon fell into a deep sleep. Explaining the phenomenon, researchers cited slow oscillations of brain waves and flurries of sleep spindles. These seem more like consequences than explanations of the hammock effect.
It is notable, however, that hammocks are thick on the ground, or between the trees, this year. Last year trampolines were the garden favourite. The nation appears to have more restful ambitions this summer, when rain showers allow. What the scientists have yet to establish is the optimum distance for planting two trees from which to hang a hammock. Variables of shade, sag and swing will provide research material for years to come. It might be a problem best slept on.