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The Health Benefits of Hammocks
The hammock is something we have seen in television shows and cartoons since we were children and the notion of a leafy palm three covered beach with coconuts is ingrained in our memory. The image of a relaxed individual rocking back and forth is something of a cliché, or so you would think. There is a lot of evidence from medical journals that actually suggest that the hammock helps you sleep and is a great aid for those who find it hard to nod off.
Supposedly studies show that the rocking motion of the hammock helps people reach the sleep state faster than they would in a stationary bed. It is thought that the rocking of a rocking chair is also partial to this sleep inducing property.
Researchers at the University of Geneva have done all sorts of tests to discover why it is the case and they are still not sure why. The assumption they have made is that a one person hammock is somewhat similar to the feeling many of us go through when we are children in the cradle and our parents rock us. Babies are cradles to sleep since the beginning of time and many of us have been rocked back and forth in our push chairs when small in the hope it will lead to sleep.
Studies with a one person hammock and twelve participants showed that the people in the test fell asleep faster and also ended up falling into a different type of sleep than they would naturally. The nature of the sleep was measured by electrical pulses and showed that the bed rocking in the one person hammock created sleep spindles, which are associated with deep sleep and also memory consolidation. This sort of sleep is seen as the type of sleep that is better for energy levels and it usually takes up around half of a healthy daily night’s sleep.
It is thought that the origins of this sort of sleep and the effect of rocking in a one person hammock or rocking chair is part of our evolution and hard to pin point. It is also considered that the sleep inducing abilities of the hammock may be used to treat sleep problems such as insomnia; such is the ability of it. This could mean that there are a lot more single person hammocks or hammock like beds in homes.
The study compared those who slept in a traditional bed and those that slept in a hammock and showed some surprising results as you can see. Eight out of the 12 participants in the study said that the hammock sleep was a lot more comfortable than the stationary bed sleep. The non-bed sleep resulted in less REM and more deep sleep.
This study is an interesting one and really has the ability to really change the way we sleep and perhaps even the sleeping conditions we use on a daily basis.
Westmount Living offer a fantastic range of single hammocks for when you want a great snooze