The Science Behind the Perfect Hammock Nap: Tips for Ultimate Comfort

Woman sleeping in a spreader-bar hammock

Hammocks have long been associated with relaxation and tranquility. With Simply Hammocks leading the way in quality and comfort, it's no wonder more people are turning to hammocks for the ultimate nap experience. But what makes a hammock nap so special? Let's dive into the science behind it and explore some tips for achieving peak comfort.

Why Hammocks Are Great for Napping

Hammocks, such as those found at Simply Hammocks, provide a unique sleeping environment. Their gentle rocking motion has been scientifically proven to promote faster sleep onset and deeper sleep. This motion synchronizes brain waves, resulting in a more restful nap.

Choosing the Right Hammock

  • Material: Opt for weatherproof materials like polyester or Elltex if you're placing your hammock outdoors. For indoor use, cotton hammocks offer coziness and warmth.
  • Size: Simply Hammocks offers sizes ranging from single to family-sized. Ensure there's enough space for a comfortable sprawl.
  • Style: Choose between spreader bar and non-spreader bar hammocks. Spreader bars keep the hammock open for easy access, while classic styles offer a more cocoon-like feel.

Setting Up Your Hammock

  • Location: Find two sturdy points for attachment, like trees or posts. Indoor hanging chairs can be fixed to ceiling joists.
  • Height: Hang your hammock approximately 120cm above the ground for ease of access.
  • Angle: Aim for a 30-degree angle from the hanging points to reduce pressure on the hammock and increase comfort.

Optimizing Comfort

  • Pillows: Add a pillow for neck support. Simply Hammocks offers a variety of covers and cushions for extra comfort, especially for the Globo lovers.
  • Blankets: For cooler days, a blanket can provide warmth and a sense of security.
  • Positioning: Lie diagonally in the hammock for a flatter body position, which helps prevent back pain.

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UK Research on Hammock Napping

Studies in the UK have highlighted the benefits of napping in hammocks. Researchers found that the rocking motion not only aids in quicker sleep onset but also enhances brain activity associated with deep sleep.


  1. Are hammocks good for your back? Yes, they support the natural curvature of the spine, often resulting in reduced back pain.

  2. Can hammocks be left outside? Hammocks made from weatherproof materials can be left outside, but it's best to bring them in during inclement weather to prevent damage.

  3. How do I choose the right hammock? Consider the intended use (indoor or outdoor), material preference, size, and style. Simply Hammocks offers a range of options.

  4. How do I clean my hammock? Follow the care instructions provided by Simply Hammocks. Most can be hand-washed or machine-washed on a gentle cycle.

  5. Can I set up a hammock if I don't have two trees? Yes, you can use hammock stands or wall fixings available at Simply Hammocks for versatile installation options.

For more information on hammocks and how to incorporate them into your life, visit Simply Hammocks. Enjoy the perfect blend of comfort and relaxation in your very own hammock or indoor hanging chair!