Hammock stomach sleeping...
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ray Garlington"
> You can be nearly flat in the Speer-style hammock. Side sleepingis
> not a problem. In fact, after hearing from all the stomachsleepers
> I set up mine just to try it. Well, you can position yourself onthat,
> your stomach, but I couldn't find a position where my faced wasn't
> plastered up against the hammock bottom fabric. If you solved
> you could probably get used to sleeping on your stomach, but thereRay, others,
> is a slight bow (I can't get exactly flat no matter what I try).
Just to clarify, when I said I slept on my stomach, it was not in a
speer style hammock. While I don't mind having my face squashed
into the side of the hammock, I haven't been able to eliminate
the "bow" in my back on this style hammock, when on my stomach. I
DO sleep VERY comfortably on my side in this hammock though.
When I slept on my stomach in a hammock, it was in one much more
like your hammock bliss. It was a Venezuelan, hand made cotton one,
the was about 10' (yes, 10 FEET) wide and you could lay in almost
any position, including upside down (i.e., flip the entire hammock
over while inside, resulting in the opening, being below and my face
down and peeking through the crack, hammock edges coming down either
side of my head, kinda cradling it, over my collar bones and one leg
in either side). I know it sounds very awkward and uncomfortable,
but in that hammock, and with lots of time in it so I was not afraid
of falling out, it worked for me.
YMMV, so I would caution anyone from trying this until they are very
comfortable with moving around in their hammock and are sure they
can sleep this way. I don't want someone to get hurt, because they
fell out sleeping this way. It takes some pratice and sleeping
You definiately DO NOT want to try this in a Hennessy, and I'm not
sure it will work in a Speer or any "camping" hammock (bug netting
gets in the way), but works great on the big, wide and loose Mayan
style hammocks and the like.
PS: you've heard, "Hike your own hike", well how about this
one, "hang your own hammock".