It is a common misconception that the correct way to lay in a Mexican hammock is with your head and feet in line with the ends where the hammock is tied off (long ways). The photo at the end of this paragraph displays how Mexican and South American style hammocks are designed to be laid in.
As can be seen, a way to try out is to lay your body at a 45-degree angle from the tied ends. Doing this will provide you with maximum stability by spreading your weight throughout the hammock. This is important not only for balance but also provides maximum comfort. This is a great position for sleeping in also as it allows you to stretch out totally flat without a curve in your back.
At the end of the day, there is no set way you 'have' to lay in your hammock, try out a few different positions and see what feels best for you. However, you may find with a bit of experimenting that lying long ways can actually be a good position if you working or reading, giving your head elevation.
Most Westerners picture themselves in a hammock reading a magazine, paper, with a drink or a combination of these - I like working and using my laptop from mine. However local Mexican’s use their hammocks for so much more. On a regular basis, hammocks replace a bed and are used to sleep in, or as seating in living areas.
This could be the answer for you during those warmer summer months. With the open weave design of Mexican hammocks this allows for greater airflow meaning no more sweaty nights! Or get rid of the bed altogether and save some room space. It may take you a few nights to get used to sleeping in a hammock, but once you are used to it, most people don't go back and find there a range of benefits not otherwise obtained from a traditional bed.
If you would like some advice on how to get the best comfort from your hammock or what is the best size and material to use for sleeping the night through feel free to ask a question through the comments or email us directly through our store contact page.