If you turn on the television, you are bombarded with ads that are directed to how you sleep.
These ads are trying to sell you some new-fangled bed that is made of NASA-grade memory foam, an adjustable bed that helps keep your partner from snoring in your ear, or some miracle pill that will have you seeing a glowing green butterfly that’ll help you sleep.
Aren’t you tired of seeing these costly items that are “guaranteed” to help you catch a better night’s sleep? What if we told you that by switching from sleeping in your uncomfortable bed to a hammock, you’ll have a better night’s sleep? Would you believe us?
Maybe you won’t believe us, but surely you’d believe a study conducted by Neuroscientists from the University of Geneva, right? NPR published an article that talks about that very study.
According to those scientists, the swaying motion of a hammock can help people sleep better because, “This rocking is very gentle, very smooth, oscillating every four seconds,” Sophie Schwartz, a professor of neurology who led the study, told Shots. “It’s not like rocking like you would see some mothers rocking their babies, it’s more gentle.”
Sounds great, right? Well, keep reading to the benefits of sleeping in a hammock and falling asleep to the gentle swaying it provides.
If you’re toeing fence about taking the leap from sleeping in a traditional bed to opting for a hammock, here are seven things that may help to push you toward hammock life:
Sleeping in a hammock can help you fall asleep faster than in a traditional bed. According to WebMD, there is a faster transition from being away to sleep. Researchers from the University of Geneva also noted a boost of sleep-related brain wave oscillations.
Sleeping in a hammock can also help people with insomnia because of said rocking motions. According to CriticalCactus.com, your mattress can actually hinder your chances of getting a good night sleep. They are compare sleeping in a hammock to your time in the womb, and because of that, you’ll sleep like a baby.
If you’ve ever spent any time relaxing in a hammock, you know how carefree you feel laying there, just suspended above the world. If you feel your stress melt away just from laying in a hammock for a short time, imagine how relaxed you’ll feel after a full night of sleep?
Also, since you’re able to enjoy the gentle swaying of the hammock, how could you not feel at peace?
HealthGuidance.org states that by laying in a hammock, your brain’s activity will increase exponentially. In many instances of children with autism and other problems, doctors recommend the patient sleep in a hammock to help cure those problems.
Because you’re lying in a hammock and not on an uncomfortable bed, your body isn’t going to be in an uncomfortable position. When you lie in a hammock, all the vertebrae in your back aligns properly from your head to your tailbone. This puts you in a calm, meditative state and allows your body to feel rejuvenated and free from aches and pains.
According to the researchers from the University of Geneva, deeper sleep is important because it gives your body a chance to recover. Each stage of sleep helps your body recover from the day—your energy is restored, your muscles and tissues can be repaired, and your immune system can be fortified.
Not only that, but different sleep cycles can have an effect on your organ systems as well. It is a belief that sleeping in a hammock will help your inner organs to rebalance themselves—though there isn’t any real scientific proof to that.
When you crawl into your bed at night, even if you just washed the bedclothes, you are still sleeping in some pretty gross stuff, dead skin cells and bugs (even microscopic ones) to name a couple. With a hammock, you are less likely to have a buildup of these things.
Because the hammock is elevated, bugs can’t crawl up into it without you noticing. Even if they did, you can just take the hammock down, run it through the wash, and it’s as good as new.
For all the benefits that make sleeping in a hammock sound like a dream come true, CriticalCactus.com raises a good point of why it may not be so great. If you share a bed with someone, a hammock may not be the best choice, as it is good for solo sleeping.
Now, we should clarify that there are hammocks for dual sleeping, but they tend to be better for “other” activities than sleeping. Sure, they are great for cuddling, but when you sleep, you’re still going to be huddled up next to each other—even if you get the ones specifically designed to fit two people.
Also, if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or get some water, your partner is definitely going to feel you move.
Sleeping in a hammock doesn’t have to be reserved for camping trips, as many people are taking the leap from their old mattresses and putting a hammock in their home. It can be a scary change, one that may cause you a bit of anxiety.
We suggest that before you decide to sleep full time in a hammock, try napping on one in the garden so you can get a better idea of whether or not you like it.
Also, if you do decide to make the switch, you’ll want to choose a hammock that is designed for full time sleeping, as opposed to camping and relaxing. We are certain that when you do make the switch, you’ll wonder why anyone would want a dirty old mattress.