Sleeping on a flat surface is the standard in western cultures. But the hammock is the preferred choice for snoozing in a number of countries worldwide including Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Mexico. And for good reason. Sleeping in a sling can do a body good. Here are 6 reasons why hammocks are good for sleeping.
1. Support. Gravity naturally puts pressure on different parts of the body. These points get strained throughout the night, but a hammock naturally supports your whole body. A hammock cradles your curves, so you won’t toss and turn and it’s easier on your joints.
2. Less time falling asleep. It’s hard not to fall asleep in a hammock. Scientists haven’t pinpointed why yet, but there’s something about hammocks that are conducive to falling asleep quickly, which is great for those with bouts of insomnia.
3. The position. Your mind pulls you out of a deep sleep if your body becomes uncomfortable, which leads to tossing and turning before falling back into that deep sleep. Sleeping on your back with your head slightly elevated is optimal for blood circulation, so you aren’t being pulled out of that deep, regenerative slumber.
4. The sway. The rocking motion of a hammock has been shown to synchronize brain waves. That sway means a deeper sleep, which improves memory and concentration and helps alleviate those groggy mornings.
5. Naturally cool. Because a hammock is breezier, it’s much cooler during those hot summer months than a traditional bed. Although you’ll have to bundle up in the winter.
6. Getting the right hammock. There are million different kinds of hammocks out there, and some of them aren’t great for extended naps. Hammocks with bars across each end can be bad for your back and can flip in the night, tossing you on the floor. But Central and South American style hammocks are a great, and cheap, bed replacement.