Re: Pros and Cons - knees
- I sleep in my Brazilian style hammock at home pretty much every night.
I'm allergic to the dust mites that love to multiply in mattresses,
especially in the humidity here in Florida. The Chiropracter says its
better for your back too. I sleep better in my hammock, so now I
rarely sleep in the bed. And I stay cooler, without cranking the AC,
because the hammock breathes. And unlike a mattress, I just throw the
whole thing in the washer regularly. In the morning, I hang it up in
the closet, with my down comforter still tucked inside.
On really cold nights, I have a wool mattress pad that I put under me,
and I wrap up in my down comforter. And I wear a hat. That keeps me so
toasty that I like to stick my feet out to cool off a little. (OK, so I
consider 45 degrees really cold for Florida. But consider that a lot of
the older houses here don't have heaters, so 45 outside means 45 inside.)
I have no trouble curling up on my side. The hammock holds my curves
more comfortably on my side than a regular bed does. Especially my
waist. Its easy on my knees and my back.
If you sleep diagonally in the hammock, you'll be lying very level - not
with your feet and head up high. When I bend my knees like that, on my
back, the hammock actually helps support my knees - hugging them - as if
I had a pillow stuffed under them on a regular mattress. I guess that
the sleeping pads maybe aren't big enough to allow you to sleep
diagonally. Maybe you could put the sleeping pad diagonally?
I only raise my head up when my allergies are acting up. Mostly I sleep
diagonally. And always with a small neck roll.
My son likes to let one of his legs dangle over the side
The only sleeping position that I find uncomfortable after awhile is on
- Hi Debbie,
Sleeping in a hammock at home all the time, how do you handle traveling:
hotels & family spare rooms?
What are the dimensions of your Brazillian hammock--basic length and
width? I'm sure your hammock is wider, if not longer, than most of the
camping hammocks used on this forum. This will make a difference in
ability to use the diagonal.
I sleep in a US$20.00 nylon traveler hammock at home: 9 feet long and 5
feet wide (after hemming). Someone longer than me, would have trouble
getting a comfortable diagonal. Since I'm 5'3" tall, it fits me ok--but
I'm thinking a longer and wider hammock will fit better. As it is, I
get a decent diagonal to sleep on my back and on my side (back to head
high-side and back away from head high-side). I also sleep with my head
and back on the center, but with legs straight and one foot hanging off
each side of the foot end. The more nights I spend in one, the more
comfortable it gets.
We hammockers need to start collecting photos of all the different ways
to snooze in a hammock.
For me, any time it gets below 80 (and maybe any time it bets below 90),
I want the warmth of an underquilt. So, I hang a down underquilt (mines
a JRB nest) underneath the hammock for warmth.
- How did you hang the hammock? Do you have a stand, or did you bolt
into the walls? I'd be interested in a picture of your rig. Mike
--- In email@example.com, Debbie Vorndran
> I sleep in my Brazilian style hammock at home pretty much every
> How did you hang the hammock? Do you have a stand, or did you boltthey are hung nearly vertical from points 2 or 3 ft apart so that
> into the walls? I'd be interested in a picture of your rig. Mike
you are suspended sort of diagonally in a nearly horizontal line at
the bottom. whole families live in them. they are made of fine cotton
i can't find any pictures of them and don't have mine set up right now.