Hammocks are designed with comfort in mind, which is why they tend to provide a better night’s rest than a bed, but they can pose a problem when an extra person gets involved. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to cuddle up with your significant other while hanging on a hammock, but you’ll have to take steps to do it right if you don’t want to end up on the floor. Keep these tips in mind when doubling up on a double hammock.
Use a spreader bar
Hammocks, in their natural state, hang in the form of a banana once a person lies on top. This causes the sides to wrap around your body and envelope you as you rest or sleep, even more so when there are two people snuggled up inside. The easiest way to combat this problem is to use a hammock with a spreader bar. The spreader bar forced the hammock to lie more flat, giving you and your partner more room to spread out comfortably.
In order to avoid a spill on a double hammock you want to stay clear of putting too much weigh on either edge. Instead, try to distribute the weight evenly or shift it toward the middle by cuddling in the center of the hammock as it hangs. This way you’ll keep yourself from sliding, or rolling, off the edge by creating a small dip in the middle. Plus, you’ll be clinging to your partner so you’ll help keep each other comfortably in place!
The correct way to sleep in any hammock is at a 30-degree angle. This keeps it from curving your back to the point where it could cause lasting damage and helps keep you upright throughout the night. That doesn’t change when two people hop on a double hammock. Lie with your head facing toward one side of the hammock while your feet are facing the opposite, still at a 30-degree angle, no perpendicular. With a spreader bar, however, you can sometimes avoid this since the bars pull the hammock pretty flat to begin with.
Sleep in opposite directions
Some people find that it’s easier to distribute weigh on a double hammock by sleeping in opposite directions. That is, either sleeping facing the opposite way (back to back) or having your heads at opposite ends when sleeping at an angle. This way the bulk of your weigh will stay mostly in the center of the hammock and prevent you from falling out. Of course, this way might not be great if your partner has a case of stinky feet.
Take light naps
Just because you take a hammock along with you on a camping trip doesn’t mean it has to be your main sleeping space. Double hammocks, even without spreader bars, are perfect for light naps throughout the day and are super comfortable over short periods of times with two people lying in them. Hang one up along a tree or in your home and it provides the perfect place to cuddle up without having to mess up your already made bed.