What’s The Best Hammock For Sleeping?

What if I told you, that the way you’ve been sleeping for your entire life was wrong?

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What if you could be getting better quality sleep, backed by science?

No, this isn’t some magic pill or scheme, it’s a simple, suspended solution.

It’s time to talk about laying in a way you’ve never considered. Let’s take a look at the best hammocks for sleeping.

Hammocks Were Designed For Sleeping

Way back when the design of the hammock was intended for sleeping in Central and South America.

It wasn’t until Christopher Columbus of the 1600’s introduced this to European culture, and hammocks were introduced on ships in the British Royal Navy.

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Have you ever tried standing on a speedboat in choppy waters? Unless you’re holding onto something for stability, it’s virtually impossible to stand perfectly straight.

Well, British soldiers had the same problem. When the ships started hitting rough waters, it was virtually impossible to sleep in the same place without getting tossed off the deck.

Instead of falling off the ship, now soldiers were getting rocked to sleep like babies. Sounds like a great tradeoff – if you ask me.

The Science Behind Being Rocked To Sleep

it’s not just the stability of a hammock that makes it ergonomically better, but there are real advantages to being rocked to sleep.

One of the biggest issues behind a regular bed is tossing and turning. We all experience it, whether sleeping or trying to sleep. Did you know that too much tossing-and-turning ruins your sleep quality?

In short, the purpose of sleep is to repair your mind and body. When tossing and turning, your body is not using it’s valuable assets to repair itself but instead using your valuable energy to toss and turn.

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In a hammock, that tossing and turning are virtually eliminated, and subtle movements actually cause the hammock to rock, giving you a better nights sleep.

Researchers at the University of Switzerland were trying to understand the science of what happens when one is rocked to sleep.

These researchers built a device that when participants lied in, they were subtly rocked to sleep. These participants were hooked up to an electroencephalogram (EEG) in order to monitor their brain activity.

What the scientists found was each and every one of the participants that were slightly rocked to sleep was recorded to have fallen asleep faster.

As a result, it was found that the transition to sleep was faster, while there was an increase in the number of sleep spindles.

Also, the study showed that the slight increase in head elevation during sleep resulted in a longer lasting, better quality sleep.

For Sleeping, You Need a Quality Hammock

So now that you’ve been convinced on the benefits of sleeping in a hammock? What should you know before taking the plunge and try sleeping in a hammock yourself?

The first thing you’ll need is a good quality hammock. No brainer, right?

A good quality hammock not only allows you to maintain a comfortable sleeping position for an extended period of time, but it’ll withstand many nights of sleep. Especially if you’re going to replace your bed with a hammock one day.

Think of how much you spend on your bed, mattress, pillows, and sheets. Shouldn’t you put that same care and attention into your new hammock bed?

Whats Your Space?

It’s time to get real. Where will you be able to fit your new hammock in your room? Is space tight? Or do you have a little extra room to stretch out?

When it comes to the actual hammock, you have two main categories.

  1. A hammock with a stand
  2. A hammock without a stand

Usually, space is the biggest determining factor in what you decide to use. A hammock with stand allows you to break down your hammock and move it into other rooms.

The advantages behind a hammock stand are that hammocks with stands don’t need external hanging hooks or poles, so you don’t need to drill holes in your wall or hang your hammock on sketchy places.

On the other hand, a hammock without a stand shouldn’t be discounted. A regular looped hammock is the ultimate minimalist-living style that is perfect for small or cluttered spaces.

With two installed roof hooks, making your bed is as simple as removing or placing your hammock in the designated hooks.

Best Material For Sleeping In a Hammock

So now that you know which kind of setup you’ll have, what’s the best indoor sleeping hammock material?

Cotton has always been the king when it comes to indoor hammocks. A lightweight soft cotton is unmatched when you get your comfortable pillows, accessories, and over quilts in.

The best thing about cotton is that you won’t get that dirty plastic smell that comes with polyester and other forms of hammock material. A cotton hammock is a natural option that tops the list when it comes to sleeping.

However, if you’re looking for a hammock to sleep in outdoors, then other materials like polyester or vinyl will suit you better.

If you have an old hammock that you use for the outdoors and want to try sleeping with it, that’s fine, but in the future, one should really invest in a nice, soft, cotton hammock.

6 Sleeping Hammocks

Now let’s take a look at 4 popular cotton hammocks that are great for indoor sleeping. 4 hammocks are listed standless, requiring some sort of hooking rig in order to hang your hammock in a room.

If you’re looking for a hammock with stand, then 2 hammocks are listed that include a hammock stand below.

Hammock Sky Brazilian Double Hammock

This popular Brazilian hammock is made from comfortable cotton and is truly like laying on a soft sponge.

You can trust the lifetime warranty included with the Hammock Sky, if you’re not satisfied you get your money back but don’t worry, you won’t be needing it.

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This hammock is 144 inches long, while the resting area is 98 x 59 inches wide. A larger hammock, this hammock is listed first for a reason. Its by far the best bang for your buck.

Anyoo Single Cotton Hammock 

Next up in Anyoo’s handcrafted cotton hammock. As said earlier, cotton is king when it comes to sleeping, and Anyoo’s hammock doesn’t disappoint.

This hammock is designed to be slept in in a few ways. This hammock is built to hang lower to the ground and the material is built for cooler temperatures.



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This hammock sits 106 inches long, and 59 inches wide, enough to hold virtually anybody up to 450lbs securely.

OLIDEAR Wide Hammock Cotton Soft Woven Bed for Supreme Comfort

Simple, elegant, and economical, that’s why we chose the OLIDEAR hammock. This hammock is built to withstand tossing and turning because of its naturally wide shape.

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The dimensions are 110 inches long, with a laying area of 75 x 60 inches.

If you’re just getting into sleeping in a hammock, the OLIDEAR is a simple, less pricey option for you. You’ll always be able to work up to more expensive hammocks, but this hammock is a great way to test out what it’s like to sleep in a hammock for the first few nights.

2 Sleeping Hammocks With Stand

While a hammock with stand might take up some more space, it’s the best option if you don’t want to ruin your walls or cant find a stud to drill hooks in. Plus, they’re just as good as a regularly hung hammock.

We’ve got two great hammocks with stands that you can get for a great bundled price. If you’re looking to get a hammock with stand anyways, don’t buy them separately when bundling is easy! You won’t be sacrificing your quality, either.

Sorbus Double Hammock with Steel Stand Two Person Adjustable Hammock Bed

Sorbus has come out with their new double person hammock with an adjustable hook for hang height.

Don’t tell your sleeping partner that it’s a two-person hammock, because you’ll love all the space in this hammock. Always made from woven cotton, this hammock with stand is one of our favorite picks.

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The sleeping area on this hammock is 86 x 60 inches, plenty of room for a good nights’ slumber.

Sunnydaze Cotton Rope Hammock

Sunny days… Sunnydays… Sunnydaze. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good quality cotton rope hammock. This hammock comes with polyester padding, which is great for outdoor lounging, but for indoors, swap the padding for some more comfortable cotton padding instead.

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This hammock sits 144 inches long by 52 inches wide, which is actually a nice compact size for a hammock with stand. The bed size is 76 x 52 inches for a great amount of space to snooze.

Reviews & Testimonials From Hammock-Sleepers

Chances are, you or someone you know have slept or taken a nap in a hammock before.

Or, you haven’t, and this is the craziest thing you’ve heard all week. Regardless, there’s real people, with testimonials of sleeping in a hammock for over a year.

Check out this guy, who’s slept in a hammock for over a year, and describes the common misconceptions and myths of sleeping in a hammock.

Typically, the biggest myth about sleeping in a hammock is that it hurts your back.

That misconception is not completely false, because if you lie in a hammock incorrectly, then you end up curving your spine and experiencing back pain.

If You’re Not Lying Flat In a Hammock, You’re Doing It Wrong

Instead of lying in a hammock like you thought, consider this:


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When you lie in a hammock parallel, you’re arching your back putting unnecessary pressure on your spine and lower back. The correct way to lie in a hammock is sideways so that you end up lying flat in the hammock.

Try It For a Week

If you’re on the fence about trying to sleep in a hammock, then try it for a week, we believe that you’ll be able to benefit in some form from sleeping in a hammock.

Other then the numerous health benefits listed, you’ll be able to take advantage of the cool airflow above and beneath you while sleeping. You’ve got 6 amazing options, at different price ranges depending on the quality. So what are you waiting for?

As the old proverb goes “Don’t knock it ’till you try it”