Can You Sleep in a Hammock?

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Yes, you can and according to a Swiss study doing so is also likely to improve your sleep.

At Mexican hammocks, we have always spoken of the benefits of using and sleeping in a hammock and just recently a Swiss study has backed this up.

A recent study conducted compared the differences in a normal fixed bed vs sleeping in a simulated gently rocking hammock bed. The study measured the time taken to fall asleep plus the amount of time taken to achieve deep sleep.

Results of the study showed on average that when sleeping in the hammock, sleep was achieved one minute faster than in the fixed bed. It also showed a deeper stage of sleep was achieved on average three minutes faster.

"We observed a faster transition to sleep in each and every participant in the swinging condition," says Sophie Schwartz, a neuroscientist at the Sleep and Cognition Neuroimaging Lab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the study's lead author.
"Not only does rocking make us fall asleep more quickly, but it also makes people sleep more deeply throughout the nap," she explains.

Sleeping in a Mexican hammock

Feedback from our own customers who have purchased and sleep in Mexican hammocks have shown similar benefits and even the alleviation of sleep-related problems in some cases. Here is some such feedback we have received;

"..for the first time in nearly 10 years, we have her sleeping for 8 hours in it. Relief to all of us."

" My daughter was having a lot of sleeping problems (really bad insomnia and lots of achy-ness from her bed). Now that she’s got her hammock up in her bedroom (and sleeps in it every night), she falls right to sleep, sleeps like a log, and wakes up before the alarm goes off – raring to go for the day. (She used to drag out of bed totally exhausted.) She says the whole experience is totally amazing, like sleeping in a soft web, the softest bed ever. Needless to say, we parents are thrilled."

"The first day when I went in it at 14.00 to try I fell asleep and woke up at 16.00. A friend of mine on the picture tried the hammock, but came out after 10 minutes, because he did not want to fall asleep."

So next time you want a quicker deep sleep whether it is a nap or for the whole night consider the benefits hammocks offer.

At Mexican hammocks, our hammocks are hand-woven for comfort and support. They are perfect for sleeping in as the weave gently conforms to your body as you sway away into sleepful bliss. We have a great range of sizes and styles of hammocks to help you also achieve a great sleep, or simply to lay back read a book and relax in!

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