Sleep Better and Be Healthier With an Indoor Hammock Bed
The first hammock ever to be mentioned in any writing was in 450 BC, by a student of Socrates, named Alcibiades. And archeologists have found evidence of hammock use at least 700 years ago in Central America. Columbus also wrote about people “sleeping in nets” tied between two trees when he landed in the Bahamas. The use of hammocks then was probably more for avoiding rodents, snakes and other wild things while sleeping, but today, the use of hammocks has become more popular for the health benefits. Just like an ergonomic chair can provide relief, so can a hammock, some say.
Often called hammock, floating, or swing beds, they come in all sizes and shapes, and from very basic to elaborate in design. Many people swear by them, and doctors and scientists are now beginning to understand the benefits. Here are the reasons why you might want to consider changing your resting place.
1. Hammocks Place the Body in a Good Sleeping Position
When people sleep on their backs in a hammock bed, with their upper torsos elevated, their vertebrae are aligned correctly, and breathing is deeper. Deeper breathing pushes more oxygen through the blood stream. And hammock sleeping relieves all pressure points, one cause of back pain after waking up from sleeping on a mattress.
2. Hammock Beds Provide Deeper Sleep
A few years ago, some Swiss researchers conducted a study on sleeping in a bed with a swinging motion, much like the motion of a hammock bed. Here are the results of that study:
- Participants fell asleep faster in the swinging beds.
- Brain wave tests showed longer activity of deeper sleep, which is that sleep stage associated with the body repairing itself and boosting its immune system.
- Other brain wave tests showed that sleeping in a rocking motion activated those areas of the brain associated with memory and focus. Although more research needs to be done, these researchers are hypothesizing that rocking sleep may improve cognitive functions. Perhaps students should have hammocks in their dorm rooms. Reading and writing in a hammock might just result in better grades.
3. Other Potential Health Benefits of Hammocks
Other research is now being planned in the use of hammocks for premature babies, for children with autism, for reducing blood pressure, and for insomnia, of course. It is quite likely that, rather than spend lots of money on a relaxing, restful vacation, putting up a hammock, both inside and out, may be all you need to relieve your stress.
You Don’t Need to Give Up Your Bed Totally – But You Might Want To
Given the new popularity of hammock beds, manufacturers have obviously found ways to design and make a huge variety of styles – something for everyone. Here are all of the options available to those who want to give it a try.
1. The traditional net hammock is still a favorite for campers and backyards. It rolls up into about 10 ounces of compact weight and is easy to carry around. If it rains, that garden hammock will dry out very quickly.
2. Other hammocks, for inside or outside use, come with canvas or other types of cloth sleeping bases. These are quite functional and, again, canvas dries pretty quickly.
3. Some hammock and swing beds come with mattress inlays, so the sleeper has the “feel” of a real bed and the swinging motion – best of both worlds.
4. Other swing beds actually sit in frames and even have electronic motion settings or the mount of rocking individual tastes require.
5. And, if a sleeper wants to really “saw those Z’s” in the lap of hammock luxury, there are those that are as pricey as the most expensive traditional beds.
You may not be ready for the pricey versions; however, if you have a place in your home for a hammock, you might want to try napping, reading, or studying in one. For under $100 you can probably do this.