Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock
Camping is about pairing down, enjoying nature, taking it easy and slowing down. One of the best ways you can do this is by eliminating unnecessary gear and weight to your kit. Start by taking stock of your camping equipment and leaving behind things that include extra parts…like your tent! Though there is something to be said for ground sleeping under the stars, it can also cause discomfort due to terrain and weather, but it can also be dangerous exposing yourself to poisonous snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies.
A perfect solution is to switch out your tent for a camping hammock! They offer more advantages than disadvantages and are a cost-effective way of getting a better night’s sleep.
Hammocks are generally lighter than a tent and allow for more room to pack extra water and food if you want or just simply make your backpack lighter.
Hammocks allow you to set up camp virtually anywhere you can find two items, like trees, sturdy enough to hang up. This versatility also creates less of an environmental impact, especially with the right, wide tree straps.
- Keeps You off the Ground
Sleeping off the ground has its advantages. You stay away from creepie crawlies, avoid dew and condensation in the morning and regulate your temperature better—especially when paired with a hammock quilt during colder nights.
- Better Night’s Rest
A Swiss doctor studied hammock sleepers and concluded that sleeping in a hammock makes people fall asleep faster, provides a deeper sleep and can actually help insomnia. Hammock sleeping boosts energy, your immune system and your memory. Awake refreshed, well-rested and feeling ready for the day’s hike.
- Easy Set Up
With very few parts, hammocks let you hike for longer because they don’t take long or much light to set up. Take down and set up, after a bit of practice and finding your ideal angle, is quick.
- Alleviate Pressure Points
People who regularly sleep in hammocks, especially when laying diagonally as intended, report fewer aches and pains.
- Stay Dry
You can purchase hammock accessories like mosquito nets, ground covers and rain flys, just like you can for your tent. These are easier to use and cover you successfully.
Hammocks for hiking, camping and backpacking are practical and efficient. Even doctors agree they make for an incredibly healthy and restful night’s sleep. Even if you decide that you prefer tents to hammocks while camping, a hammock makes the perfect backyard accessory for reading and napping during warm lazy days.