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sleeping hammocks

Updated on August 26, 2011

A hammock instead of a bed? Really?

Yes, really. People have been sleeping--and sleeping well--in hammocks probably as long as people have lived.

A properly constructed hammock can be a cool and comfortable way to sleep in sweltering tropical locales, or it can be a soothing cocoon of comfort and warmth in a cold, harsh climate.

Hammocks are great for small spaces or large spaces, amenable to permanent or portable installation, and if nothing else, a great conversation piece when someone asks you why you have a hammock indoors, instead of out in the back yard.

Child in hammock
Child in hammock

Hammocks for Kids

Children of all ages love hammocks--and the gentle swinging motion of a hammock can help young children and toddlers sleep better and more soundly than they would on a flat bed. An infant will feel especially secure in a hammock sized just for them, with breathable fabric that gently hugs them and helps keep them in a safe, secure position.

Older kids and teens may be initially attracted by the idea of a hammock in their room just for relaxing or reading, but are likely to end up sleeping in at at night, too, because a hammock allows them to sleep in a comfortable position with their weight evenly distributed and none of the pressure points that can cause tossing and turning on a conventional flat mattress.

Kids, do you want to sleep in a hammock? - (Kids only, please! Grownups can weigh in further down.)

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Best Hammocks for Kids

The first on this list, the Bella from Seaside Hammocks, is what my kids have in their rooms. We originally ordered them just as a test run after reading about sleeping hammocks online. The children wanted beach-themed rooms, and I thought hammocks would be a fun addition. Since they loved them and completely abandoned their flat twin beds after the hammocks were installed, we eventually moved the beds out and kept the hammocks. It saves space, giving them lots more room to play and spread out projects in their rooms, and the children all agree they sleep better in their hammocks than they ever did on a regular bed.

Hammocks for Babies - Less stress, more rest, for mom, dad, and baby.

Yes, hammocks are safe for babies--if they're designed for babies and use an appropriate natural, breathable fabric. A properly designed hammock will comfortably cradle a baby and encourage a safe back-sleeping or side-lying position. Look for one that meets or exceeds safety requirements for infant and toddler furniture, and as always, use your best judgment.

A sleeping hammock just may be the best investment you can make toward getting a full night's sleep for both you and baby.

Sleeping Hammocks for Grownups - Hammocks big enough for one, two, or even the whole family!

Insomnia? Tossing and turning all night, trying to get comfortable? Bad back? Stress and anxiety? A hammock won't solve all of your problems, but it will go a long way toward easing you into a good night's sleep, even if you can't remember when you last had a good night's sleep.

If you're like me, you've looked at the different options for beds...and perhaps left the mattress store a little shell shocked at the prices of the various specialty beds designed to reduce back pain and increase your sleep quality. Well, if so, you'll be happy to find a quality hammock costs about a 10th of one of those fancy beds...and many people find it accomplishes the same thing as a high-end specialty bed. Take a look at some of these, and maybe you'll want to give one a try before sinking $1000 or more into a conventional mattress.

Check out the links below for information about my favorite style of hammock, as well as articles about how to care for your hammock once you decide to buy one.

Try my FAVORITE style of sleeping hammock - Affordable, comfortable, and big enough for two!

If you're just testing the waters, seeing if a sleeping hammock is right for you, this is a good option. Even if you don't decide to sleep in it every night, nothing beats it for an afternoon nap on a warm summer afternoon.

Hammocks Rada Handmade Yucatan Hammock Matrimonial Size Natural Color
Hammocks Rada Handmade Yucatan Hammock Matrimonial Size Natural Color

Comfy, natural fiber sleeping hammock that won't flip and tip you out! I have one like this, and LOVE it!

 

Grownups, tell us what you think! - (Grownups only. Kids, you can vote in your own poll above.)

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      Annette 2 years ago

      Can anyone recommend a store where to buy a good hammock? I want to buy a Brazilian hammock, I found http://www.hammockdream.com that seems good, any other suggestion? Thanks!!!

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      Meredith Davies 5 years ago

      I live in Brazil and hammocks are a way of life. I love laying and napping in one with a breeze drifting past. It's heaven.

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      lucybrz1 5 years ago

      Hammock is good to sleep in sometimes, or on the beach but not for every day, at least not for me. I love my soft bed.

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      Carmel Aaron 5 years ago

      Hammocks give a great night's sleep. I have tried it before. Thanks for this material.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      I did not realize hammocks were good for sleeping children. wow! what a great way to help kids who have trouble sleeping all night. I love to nap in a hammock, and would definitely consider having one in the house for nighttime sleeping, too!

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      tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

      It's been a long time, but I do recall how comfy hammocks are!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What an original idea! Well, original these days at least. Very interesting reading! We have to buy a new bed. Maybe we'll check out a hammock first. Great topic!

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      I wouldn't mind giving hammocks a try. I usually get up early because my body hurts. Maybe a hammock would help.