Forget beds 9 pros & cons of sleeping in a hammock full time

Forget beds 9 pros & cons of sleeping in a hammock full time

my $100 bed alternative sleeping in a hammock full time

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HAMMOCK HANGER


Forget beds 9 pros & cons of sleeping in a hammock full time

INTRODUCTION

What's up everyone Adam here.  How is everyone doing today?   I hope you are doing well.   Today I thought I would write an article about how I replaced my bed, got rid of my lower back pain, and started getting the best sleep of my life.   As a matter of fact, I am writing this article from the comfort of my hammock.

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What you will find in this sleeping in a hammock full time article

  • Hammock instead of a bed?

  • Sleeping in a hammock full time in your 40s, 50s or even 60s.

  • How I started sleeping in a hammock full time

  • My permanent hammock sleeping setup

  • Types of hammocks that would work good for sleeping in a hammock full time

  • A few hammock bed full setups

  • Hammocks that shouldn’t be used as a bed

  • Other helpful hammock gear to keep you comfortable

HAMMOCK instead of a BED?

SHOWING OFF MY FULL TIME HAMMOCK SETUP

If you are like me, and suffer from PTSD, have problems sleeping, have back problems, or roll around like crazy in your bed at night and wake up more tried the when you went to to sleep it is time to give sleeping in a hammock a shot.   It cost me less than $100.00 to set everything up and much less if you already have a place to hang a hammock such as basement rafters. 

I have been sleeping in my hammock for over a year now and I don’t think I will ever go back. 

Sleeping in a hammock full time as someone who is in their 40s, 50s or 60s.

I am 40 years old, and I love sleeping in my hammock full time. I have spoke with many people over the years who also sleep in their hammock full time. I was surprised to find out that there were many people who had been sleeping full time in their hammock for many years more than I have, and some of them are in their 50s or 60s.

SLEEPING IN A HAMMOCK TO IMPROVE BACK pain

As a matter of fact, the older people who have been sleeping in their hammocks the longest told me that the reason they started sleeping in a hammock was because they were having a horrible time sleeping in a regular bed, and had tons of aches and pains especially in the lower back which is where I was having issues as well.

How I started sleeping in a hammock full time

My hammock hanging antics all started when I decided to travel and live out of my 2016 ford transit high top cargo van.  I was failing to deal with my PTSD and depression in a pretty epic way, and needed an escape from my reality at the time so I did what every normal person would do.  I bought a brand new van with the intentions of living in it while I traveled the country.

I needed to figure out my sleeping situation inside the van and with space at a premium, hardly any tools, or carpentry experience hanging a hammock made the most sense since hammocks are incredibly cheap.

 At a rest stop somewhere in the midwest around sunset.

At a rest stop somewhere in the midwest around sunset.

For now I am not going to go into detail on how I installed the hammock but I’ll drop a little hint here and I am sure you can figure it out.

So on the road I went sleeping in my hammock every night.  I was amazed at how fast I was falling  asleep.  

By the 3rd day the nagging lower back pain I have had for years was suddenly gon.  I couldn’t believe it.

 Colorado - Hanging in my hammock along side the road in my van.

Colorado - Hanging in my hammock along side the road in my van.

After traveling the county for about 6 months my wanderlust was drying up, and I was ready to head back to Pittsburgh, PA.

Once home I slept in my regular bed 1 time, and I woke up feeling like I had been twisted like a prezel, and my lower back was KILLiNG ME.

I went out to my can, unhooked my hammock and decided right then and there that I was no longer sleeping in a regular bed, and I have not gone back since.

Hammock setup in the basement

I started out by hanging my hammock in the rafters in the basement because it was really the only place I could hang it without a hammock stand.   Eventually I ordered my hammock stand through Amazon prime with free shipping my old bed was out of my bedroom and my life. 

Below you will find my current hammock setup, pros and cons of sleeping in a hammock and other thoughts on the subject. 

My PERMANENT hammock bed setup.

With this setup there is no need to know how to tie any knots.  The hammock comes ready to hang.  All you have to do is build the hammock stand which takes about 10 minites. 

Complete hammock bed setups for sleeping full time in a hammock

 
 
 
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Heavy duty hanging kit for those who want to sleep full time in their hammock without a hammock stand.

When I move into my new house, I will be putting the hammock stand in storage so I can use hammock hanging hardware to permanently hang my hammock in my bedroom.

Other hammocks that shouldn’t be used as a bed

  • Rope hammocks - you wouldn’t want to use a rope hammock for sleeping full time even if they are…

✔✔ EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE - our polyester rope is the softest most comfortable rope in the industry, its 8mm thick and 3 ply twisted for the perfect amount of flex. Skilled artisans hand weave the bed in close, even and balanced loops making this the most comfortable rope hammock on the market today.

  • ✔✔ VERY DURABLE - polyester cords will never rot mold or mildew - hardwood spreader bar with multiple coats of marine varnish - stainless steel metal rings - all adds up to years of worry free use. This hammock could last up to 10 times as long as a similar cotton hammock.

  • ✔✔ ** STAND NOT INCLUDED ** - this hammock requires two suspension points, it is easy to hang indoors or out, from trees, porches or any room inside your house - EZ hanging hardware is sold separately

  • ✔✔ HAND WOVEN QUALITY - we are the original designers of this hammock and have been making them for over 20 years, The Caribbean Hammocks brand has long been synonymous with the highest quality products resulting in 1000's of 5 star reviews for our products and customer service

      • pool side hammocks - They are not the type you want to use for full time rest.

ZENY

For the lifestyle that hates to be slowed down, even in pursuit of slowing down, our single-layer, open-weave synthetic hammocks are the perfect poolside companion, promising a rapid turnaround from rain to relaxation.

  • Single layer Sunbrella Sling fabric blends the strength of PVC with the softness of Sunbrella acrylic yarn for added comfort.

Other helpful hammock gear for sleeping in a hammock full time

Comfort while using a hammock full time

 
 It feels extremely uncomfortable to sleep with a pillow under my head, but it is also a little hard without one so I like to rest my head on the wiggy I am not using. It provides a soft surface with minimal neck curvature.

It feels extremely uncomfortable to sleep with a pillow under my head, but it is also a little hard without one so I like to rest my head on the wiggy I am not using. It provides a soft surface with minimal neck curvature.

Smartwool socks for those cold nights sleeping in your hammock

 
 I sleep with a pillow under my knees so I Dont have to find that perfect comfortable spot.

I sleep with a pillow under my knees so I Dont have to find that perfect comfortable spot.

Pillows provide excellent comfort for full time hammock sleep when placed under the knees.

 
 Sleeping at an angle is the most comfortable position

Sleeping at an angle is the most comfortable position

Insulation

For insulation, I have two types of sleeping bags.  

On cool nights I use my light wiggy bag.

On cold nights I use my heavy duty wiggy

On the really cold nights, I made an underquilt from a Korean war goose down sleeping bag.

In the summer I sleep without anything. 

The 9 pros of sleeping in a hammock

PRO #1

  • Sleeping in a hammock when it is hot is a great way to stay cool in the summer.

Pro #2

  • No need to bed the make.

Pro #3

  • Cats love hammocks.

Pro #4

  • They can easily be taken down and put back up.

Pro #5

  • Way cheaper than a bed.

Pro #6

  • if you are a tosser and a turner chances are that you won’t be in a hammock because you physically just can do it so that means more restful sleep.

Pro #7

  • You can hang it in a van or even a smaller vehicle with the right setup.

Pro #8

  • You can travel with your bed.

Pro #9

  • Your hammock is much easier to clean that a mattress. Just throw it in the washing machine when it needs to be cleaned

 

The 8 cons of sleeping in a hammock full time

Con #1

  • The hammock stand is long and a little awkward but is a necessity if you can mount something to your walls ( which I will be doing in our new house) .

Con #2

  • It takes a few days to get used to sleeping in a hammock, and there is definitely a right and a wrong way to do it. There are plenty of videos on youtube to show you how.

Con #3

  • If you try to get into the hammock in the dark and you try to go fast you may end up on your ass. Not that I have ever done that before * wink * wink *

Con #4

  • A double hammock doesn’t sleep two people so if you are the type of person that likes to snuggle up with your significant other this probably isn’t for you.

Con #5

  • Booty calls are possible in a hammock, but obviously not as easy as a bed.

Con #6

  • Temperature control is very important when sleeping in a hammock. Nothing will wreck your sleep faster than a frozen butt.

Con #6

  • Can be difficult to get out of if not setup properly.

Con #7

  • If you sleep with bare skin touching the nylon you can get oil stains.

How to safely hang a hammock in your home for sleeping full time.

Hanging a hammock from the ceiling is a stylish and luxurious way to relax. That said, any suspension methods you use must be anchored to load-bearing ceiling beams, also known as ceiling joists. These beams are made of solid wood that make up the home’s framework. Load-bearing beams are designed to hold heavy weight in the house, and ultimately, hold the house together. They are also found in the walls, where they’re commonly known as wall studs.

Once you’ve chosen a room or area in your home where you’d like to hang your hammock, follow these steps to hang the hammock safely from your ceiling:

  1. Find the ceiling joists using a stud finder and mark the exact centre of the joist.

  2. Use a drill with a small bit to drill a hole into the joist. There should be small wood shavings on the bit if you've reached solid wood.

  3. Measure and mark the distance between the two anchor points. This could be anywhere between 10 and 15 feet. The exact distance depends on the length of your hammock and how much sag (loose curve) you want. Furthermore, consider the height of your hammock when hanging it. The ideal height is 18 inches from the floor, the average sit height of a chair.

  4. For the second anchor point, find the centre of the joist and drill another small hole.

  5. Drill 3/8-inch pilot holes into both anchor points.

  6. Screw in heavy-duty eye-bolts that are long enough to have at least 2 inches screwed into the solid wood joists.

  7. Attach chain, ropes, or cords to the end-loops of the hammock to get your desired length and sag.

  8. Hook these suspensions to the anchored hooks or eye-bolts with knots or carabiners.

  9. Adjust the length of the suspension to get the desired height and sag for your hammock.

  10. Try sitting and lying down in your hammock. If it’s comfortable, then you can start relaxing and enjoying your new indoor hammock.




Have you ever slept in a hammock?  If this post motivates you to get a hammock let me know how it goes. 




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