Keeping Warm Whilst Sleeping in a Hammock
If you have made or are looking to make a switch to regularly sleeping in a hammock you might be wondering how to best keep warm on those cold nights and seasons. Our guide to keeping warming in a hammock should help cover any questions you have. This guide will focus on inside sleeping at this stage.
Create a base layer
When you are sleeping in a hammock the best position is on a diagonal across your hammock on your back. This creates a flat level surface to lie on and the perfect sleeping position. However, this does leave your back exposed to cool air under your hammock. So to keep your back warm on those cold nights creating a warm base layer is important to your comfort and health. If you are sleeping inside and using your hammock instead of a bed a good base layer can be your old bed duvet. Lay this on the hammock, any excess can hang off the side, creating an extra soft warm base. Other options include an opened sleeping bag, blankets or a thin inflatable mattress. Any of these options can also work well if you are sleeping outside. You would just take consideration of how cold the temperature is likely to be in relation to the thickness of your base layer. Like any bed, adding or removing layers are easier enough as you find what is most comfortable temperature wise for you. Sleeping layer One of the best options for a sleeping layer in a hammock is a sleeping bag. This nicely ‘burrito’s’ you up in your hammock and is unlikely to slide off. You might find you use a lightweight one over summer and a thicker one with base layer over winter. Even with a sleeping bag, your weight will compress this down reducing the insulation effect. This is where an extra base layer is a good option.
Use a traditional hammock
Forget those decorative garden and resort styles hammocks for nightly sleeping. While they are bliss to lie out in the sun or by the pool with a cool beverage, as a nightly sleeping option they aren’t the best option. Traditional hammocks made in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil etc and parachute type silk hammocks with spreader bars are the best hammocks for nightly sleeping. Studies have proven the effectiveness in reaching sleep and deeper stages of sleep quicker with these types of hammocks. You may find it takes a day or three to get your setup best suited to your needs and conditions and for your body to adjust to sleeping in a hammock, but quicker, deeper, more pain-free nights of sleep are the benefits. The internet is full of further helpful information regarding sleeping in hammocks including this hugely popular Reddit hammock post that is sure to help with any further questions you may have or feel free to drop us a message below or email and we’ll be sure to get back to you.