Can A Hammock Really Replace a Bed?

7 reasons why you should try sleeping in a hammock

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You fall asleep quickly

Is it because we all rocked in mom’s belly once?

A sleep study has found that a gentle rocking motion accelerates the transition from light sleep to NREM sleep (N2 phase).

This sleep phase is crucial for transferring memories from the short-term memory to the long-term memory and creating free storage space in the brain for the next day, so to speak.

Read details of the sleep study

The study was devoted to the sleep of 12 healthy men. Twice they had to go to the sleep lab for a nap. During one of these appointments, a connecting rod moved the bed back and forth a few inches at a 4-second cycle. The effect on sleep and brain activity was not absent, the scientists report in the journal “Current Biology”:

After turning off the light, all participants in the cradle bed entered the second sleep phase (N2) more quickly and also stayed in it longer during the 45-minute nap. Slowly oscillating brain waves with frequencies of 5 hertz or less were more pronounced, and sleep spindles, typical waxing and waning wave packets, occurred more frequently than when sleeping in a motionless bed.

Signals about the cradling movement are transmitted to the brain by the organ of balance in the inner ear and by receptors in the skin and muscles. It is possible that this regularly changing input influences the synchronization of the cerebrum and diencephalon and thus promotes sleep.

Sleep with a straight back in the hammock

Good for your back

Contrary to popular belief, not all hammocks will make you lopsided when you lie in them.

In a traditional large hammock, you lie diagonally or crosswise, depending on how much the hammock sags. The back remains in a natural shape, as can be seen on the Heaven Black in the picture.

In contrast to a mattress, there are no pressure points in a mesh hammock, as you do not rest on individual body points (head, shoulder blades, buttocks, etc.), but the mesh fabric adapts to the whole body evenly.

You save space

For centuries, hammocks have been used by the navy as a place to sleep because they take up so little space.

Hammocks take up less space than a bed or sofa. They are suitable for even the smallest rooms, especially if they are attached to the ceiling.

What’s more, the suspended bed can be assembled and disassembled in less than a minute.

History and millions prove it works

Columbus wrote in his logbook on October 17, 1492: “Their beds and blankets are like nets made of cotton”.

For centuries, if not millennia, the concept of sleeping in a hammock has stood the test of time.

It is therefore not surprising that millions of people in South America (especially in Brazil) still sleep in hammocks every day and often do not even have a bed.


A high-quality hammock costs between €100 and €500 – no comparison to a high-quality bed frame (from €200) with slatted frame (from €50) and mattress (from €200).


No mattress and no contact with the floor. This means you are floating at unattainable heights for mites, bedbugs and other creepy-crawlies.


Where the hammock hangs, so does your bed. At home, in the office, in the backyard or by the lake. The hammock can be quickly hung up and taken down using the rope and carabiner.

Which hammocks are suitable as bed replacements?

Use a traditional hammock from South America

The traditional hammocks of South America were already used by the indigenous people for sleeping and have been improved ever since.
You cannot fall out of these hammocks while sleeping.

Best choice is a traditional mesh hammock

Traditional mesh hammocks have the advantage over cloth hammocks that the fabric adapts better to the shape of the body and the lying surface is often larger.

Look for a wide hammock

Make sure that the width of the hammock is at least as wide as your height. This gives you the greatest freedom of movement and allows you to choose your lying position without feeling cramped.

Choose Cotton

Cotton hammocks are best suited for indoor use. Cotton feels best on the skin. Undyed cotton that has not been chemically dyed is best. Mercerized cotton feels particularly fine and similar to silk.

No wooden bars

The back is curved and people who move in their sleep can fall out of hammocks with spreader bars (“American style”).

Don't choose a hammock based on price alone

A hammock in which you can sleep longer must be large and wide enough. This requires more material and labor and is therefore more expensive to produce. Saving here means saving on the quality of the bed.

Avoid polyester

Avoid hammocks made of synthetic fabrics, which can rustle when you sleep, generate frictional electricity or feel slippery.

Would you like to swap your bed for a hammock?

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Frequently asked questions about sleeping in the hammock

Isn’t sleeping in a hammock unhealthy?


Almost 2 m tall person lies with correct lying technique in the Hamacama Strong Natural(). The back is straight. Pillow and/or blanket are optional.

In many hammocks, you are forced to lie crooked due to space limitations. In some hammocks, such as American-style hammocks, you can’t help but to lie this way.

This is different with the large traditional hammocks. In these hammocks you lie diagonally or even crosswise. The back then remains straight.

Aren't you too cold to sleep in a hammock?

To avoid cooling from below, make sure the room temperature is right, at least 22°C. The hammock can also be hung near a radiator or tiled stove.

Alternatively, you can use a blanket or fur as a base in the hammock. A sleeping bag is also a good solution. For many people who sleep outdoors in a hammock at all, inserting a sleeping mat into the sleeping bag has also proved to be a good idea.

Can a person sleep on their stomach in a hammock?

Yes and no. There are stomach sleepers, back sleepers and side sleepers who sleep well in a hammock, while others do not.
The sleeping habits you have now in your bed may be completely different when you sleep in a hammock.
In short: try sleeping in a hammock every day for a week and draw your own conclusions.

Can I fall out of the hammock while sleeping?

No, if you are sleeping in a traditional mesh hammock or cloth hammock. You can turn and twist as you like while you sleep, your body weight creates a curve in the mattress base so that you cannot fall out.

However, if the hammock has wooden spreader bars, the whole hammock can rotate on its own axis and you will fall out roughly.

Can two people sleep in the hammock?

We have customers who successfully sleep in a hammock as a couple.

However, we do not recommend sleeping in a hammock as a couple.
Any movement can disturb your partner’s sleep.
In addition, if you were to attach the hammock to the ceiling, you would lie too close together.

Incidentally, many families in Mexico hang two hammocks close together. This way you are close to each other without disturbing each other while sleeping.

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