The first written record of the use of the hammock appears around 450 BC, but they were most likely used in the tropics since prehistoric times.
While more and more people are swapping beds for hammocks mainly for health reasons, ancient peoples probably used them for practical reasons: material was readily available, nets kept them safe from venomous spiders and snakes, and they were easy and quick to set up and pack up
Choosing The Right Hammock
Which one you’ll use depends on where you intend to sleep, what the weather is like and what facilities are available, and if there are trees to hang your hammock on. However, the best on Hammock on the Market by far is the Wise Owls Outfitters Camping Hammock.
Quick setup. Both set up and take down is quick and simple.
Comfortable. Extremely comfortable, especially for those with back problems.
Terrain. You don’t need a perfectly flat ground and can pitch over rocks and stumps.
Packing size. They are small and lightweight.
Can take only one person (there are double hammocks, but they are not very practical for sleeping because it’s impossible to turn or get out of it without waking your partner).
Weather. In areas where sand storms are likely, or in very cold or rainy weather hammocks are unpractical.
Need trees/rocks. Sometimes these are just not available.
Temperature. Because air circulates below, you may get cold at night.
Insects can be a problem.
If you are camping with other people, there is no privacy for changing clothes.
Benefits of sleeping in a hammock
Just like camping is gaining in popularity, so is the use of hammocks.
These are just some of the benefits of using hammocks instead of beds:
You will fall asleep faster
Lying in a hammock has a natural rhythm which promotes relaxation. The swinging effect of a hammock provides the same kind of brain waves in adults that makes babies fall so quickly into a deep sleep.
Your sleep will be deeper
Sleeping in a hammock guarantees deep sleep. This is important not only because this is the healthiest kind of sleep, but because during deep sleep our immune system regenerates faster.
Reduced back pain
Most people who have tried sleeping in a hammock claim it helped with back pain. This makes sense because of zero pressure points.
Those who use a hammock instead of mattress, no longer worry about dust mites.
Due to their size and weight, hammocks are ideal for backpackers. Combined with TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack that allows the wearer to drink hands-free, you’re in for an unforgettable outdoor experience, be it hiking, climbing or cycling.
Hammocks, single or double, come in variety of shapes, sizes and models: Mayan, Brazilian, Nicaraguan, Rope, Fabric, Baby, Camping, Hiking, Jungle, etc. As long as you choose them for the purpose you intend to use them for and set them up properly, you will enjoy them. Whether you decide to set them up indoors or outdoors, or whether you are a camper or just enjoy relaxing by the pool, hammocks are healthy, practical and will take relaxation to a whole new level.