How A Hammock Can Help You To Get A Good Night's Sleep*

For me the mere mention of the word hammock invariably instigates an exotic imagining of some white sandy beach somewhere on a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean perhaps, lounging with a cocktail as one gazes upon an incomparabile sunset, or something like. But in recent years I have become aware that as well as being an undoubtedly cool looking way to relax in the gentle sea breeze, there may be some other benefits to using a hammock. There are a wide range of hammocks, hammock stands, and even swinging chairs available.  


If you have had the good fortune of finding yourself in a good hammock, drifting gently into a deep and relaxing sleep, then you will undoubtedly understand why a hammock is becoming more and more popular with people who suffer from all kinds of sleep related disorders and issues. A hammock encloses you and gently rocks you whilst relieving pressure through your spine. This gentle swaying, which is one of the huge selling points of the hammock, will also help to engage your vestibular system.

What is the Vestibular System?

In a nutshell, the vestibular system is a sensory system which contributes to things like sensory integration, spatial orientation and balance. The gentle sensory input of the swaying is beneficial to the vestibular organs. When both of these systems work healthily on both sides of the head, they then send the same symmetrical signals to the brain. This enables a person to feel well balanced and to have a strong sense of spatial awareness.


Other Potential Physical Benefits of Hammock Sleeping.

Many people claim that they get a better night’s sleep in a hammock than in a traditional bed. In many places around the world, hammock sleeping is common. There are also potential physical benefits too, but I shall get onto that in a little while.There is some thought that the gentle motion of a hammock may actually stimulate internal sleep rhythms, which in turns speeds up the process of wakefulness to stage two, light sleep, before we then go into deep sleep.

Sleeping on a mattress typically places greater pressure on certain areas of the body such as the shoulders, la derriere and the back. Although scientific study into the benefits of hammock sleeping are fairly thin on the ground, many people do testify that by sleeping in a hammock they feel much less discomfort in these areas. Of course hammocks aren’t for everyone, and I’d say a certain degree of physical ability is required in order to be able to climb in and out of it. If you plan on sleeping fulltime in a hammock, for instance, nylon ones are great for sleeping whereas rope and netting ones are better for shorter periods of relaxation.

Injury Rehab/Chronic pain

It seems to me that for people who might be recovering from joint surgery, the potential for alleviation of stress through certain pressure points such as the shoulders and hips, might make hammock sleeping a viable option for you.

There are so many designs and styles to choose from, so whether you want a hammock for sleeping, or to put out by the pool for those relaxing moments; you will be sure to find something which meets your requirements.
*Images taken from Tropilex website and Pexels.

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