As the hammock has gained popularity, sleeping in them has too. While history may affect some places, others jumped on the trend when they realized the versatility of hammocks and the sleep benefits as the hammock was traded and exported across the world. While napping in a hammock is common everywhere, some places have chosen to forgo what some people may think of as the normal bed and instead use their hammock as a place to sleep.
In its place of origination, sleeping in a hammock at night has always been the norm. After Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas and, in turn, the hammock, his sailors decided the hammock was a much better option than laying on the boat’s deck while trying to sleep on their journeys. After this, South Americans started to use hammocks in the same way compared to their previous use of carrying different items or royalty around.
In countries like Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, and the Caribbean, finding hammocks instead of beds is common for some locals. The South American hammock, known for its colorful design, is one of the common types that people sleep in. Because of the history of the hammock in South America, they are deeply ingrained into the culture as well.
You may also find hammocks being used for sleeping in different parts of Asia. Many mothers use them for their newborn babies because the rocking motion encourages deeper sleep. It is also common to see hammocks brought aboard trains for travel sleeping instead of trying to sleep in seats or finding a spot on the floor. The same is true for traveling by boat as well.
Like in South American culture, hammocks have also become a part of daily life in Asia. In some places, it’s common to find bamboo huts tying up a hammock so that they can wait out monsoons or to see shopkeepers lounging while they wait on customers.
Campgrounds and Parks
Hammocks are a recent trend that has emerged for travelers looking for outdoor adventures—they have proved to be a great asset when camping or traveling. Instead of using tents, outdoor enthusiasts have started to use waterproof travel hammocks. With their versatility using suspension ropes, campers can hang them in primitive campsites, car and RV campsites, off of a trail, or even in lodges found along trails.
Because of the lightweight nature and weather-resistant material, travel hammocks offer campers an ideal place to sleep. For long treks, being able to hang a hammock, which is much faster than pitching a tent, is a much-needed benefit after miles of hiking. The lightweight material helps lighten packs as well.
As sleeping in hammocks has become more popular and the health benefits are better explored, people all over the world are starting to use their hammocks to get some shut-eye. Even today, you can find people who have given up the normal mattress or sleeping pad to get a good night’s rest in their hammock in almost every continent.
There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?