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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.

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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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Study shows hammocks promote sleep.

Hammocks best for afternoon nap

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.

The actual scientist writing the actual report on hammocks 😉

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.