While there are already obvious reasons to get a hammock there are many more unheard of potential health benefits that may just surprise you.
Hammocks have been used dating back to 450 B.C. They were used commonly around tropical areas and on board ships. Even in modern war, some countries supplied their soldiers with hammocks to sleep on.
Aside from history, hammocks also are sometimes recommended by doctors, chiropractors and orthopaedists to their patients and the general public.
Hammocks have that special touch to them, that is wherever you put it, it radiates a palpable sense of relaxation and serenity to that place. Whether you see travellers posting pictures of themselves chilling on an hammock or live at a friends garden, they just have that lovely feeling to them.
After all, they’re lightweight and incredibly comfortable. But what just makes them so comfy?
Obviously the exquisite ergonomic design and the potential physiological and mental benefits.
Let’s have a closer look:
I can’t stress enough how much sleep does for the body. It provides us rest and stores energy. It helps us think clearly and be alert. Sleep is necessary for our survival. That’s why it’s best to get the best sleep possible.
Hammocks usually make you fall asleep faster, the gentle swaying and support relaxing the tension and reminding the mind to calm down.
The body also sleeps best when laying on it’s back and it’s head at a slight angle. Hammocks naturally position you to be in that formation. It also molds to your form and provides exact pressure where it’s needed.
Hammocks are the ultimate customizable better sleep agent.
You also sleep deeper. Having shallow sleep or lower levels of REM sleep is bad for you, and can be potentially harmful. If you don’t have enough REM sleep, over time it will actually kill you. I’d say that’s a good reason to get a full night’s rest.
Good for insomnia
We all know someone with insomnia, who can’t sleep through the night, or can’t sleep in general.
One of the weird things about sleep is that we like to feel like we’re infants again. Rocking back and forth reminds us of being held. Wrapping up in blankets feels like we’re being swaddled and hugged. And weirdest of all, we especially like the feeling of being in the womb again.
For a newborn, the womb was all it’d known and was a safe, warm place. Hammocks provide that same atmosphere, mentality and many people with insomnia report sleeping more and better after getting a hammock.
For those who have trouble sleeping on a daily basis a hammock just be an answer to their prayers.
In today’s world many people suffer back and neck pain. This comes from overworking, stressing out, sitting down too long, and generally bad posture.
Hammocks can help with back and neck pain. It’s already been shown that mattresses are not the greatest for sleeping on with sore backs and aching necks. They don’t get us into the necessary position to relieve that pain.
Pressure points along the back and neck are lessened, and only where the body really needs them to be. Not putting pressure where it’d be potentially harmful is a wonderful attribute to hammocks.
Sleeping in hammocks overall improve concentration and focus throughout the day. This in turn leads to better reading, and learning. This is because particular brain waves focused on memory are stimulated during this type of sleep.
Michel Muhlethaler, professor of neuroscience in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland explained it like this;
“..the type of waves that you see, which are reinforced here, have also been associated with an increase in memory for recent events. So it’s true that from that point of view, this type of ameliorated sleep could be beneficial also for cognitive purposes.” source: NPR.org
In the end, sleeping in a hammock improves learning, memory, concentration, and general focus during the day.
Hammocks are naturally relaxing. The gentle swaying movement is calming to our nature and reading while in the hammock is easier, and more memorable.
With pressure being relieved and stress drifting away it’s easy to see why many people choose hammocks as their relaxation destination. The simple fact is, that hammocks naturally relieve us of stress.
And in the modern world, where stress abounds, hammocks are sorely needed.
With so many benefits from better, deeper sleep, to relief of pain, and better concentration hammocks are a clear choice for everyday use.
At most, people should give it a try. Sleeping in a hammock for a few nights can improve your pain, stress, and focus almost immediately. After all, it’s been scientifically proven that hammocks are the better option.
If you make the leap to switch to hammocks keep in mind these two things. Always have extra blankets on hand to keep you warm and add some padding, or cushions for extra comfort.
Hammocks were used thousands of years ago, and since they’ve lasted this long, it’s clear proof that hammocks are good for us.
Overall, hammocks are just the best way to relax, and that is reason enough for me.
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