What's better than a lazy day napping in a hammock? Sleeping in one. There are studies proving the health benefits of sleeping in one.

More and more people are getting a hammock chair, and lightweight hammocks to sleep in. I see people putting them up at Leif Erickson Park, on Park Point, and also at Brighton Beach. It doesn't take much to put it up and some come with their own stand so you don't have to anchor in between trees, and you can take it to the beach to be a stand-alone.

According to a study published in Current Biology, sleeping in a hammock can be good for you because it can rock back and forth and cradles you like when you were a baby. The rocking motion helps you to fall asleep faster and also gives you better quality sleep. You get better sleep because it increases brain waves and decreases transition time from laying to sleep.

Then, as the sleep study says, once you are asleep, you transition to deeper sleep called N2 sleep. The rocking also causes one to deep sleep in noisy situations because the brain goes into a tranquil sleep state. The rocking causes deeper relaxation.

Healthline says not only do you get deeper sleep but a hammock relieves stress on the joints, like neck, shoulders, back, and butt, not to mention the joints. The article also warns you have to stretch the hammock out or it will not be good for the joints.

Healthline says that you can't use one in a tent if you tie it up, so you will have exposure to bugs and that will keep you up. If you sleep in a tent with one that has a base you could reap the benefits of sleeping in one, but rarely is there a small tent that can fit a hammock.

Should you sleep in one full time? Yes, Healthline says it does help with stress, insomnia, and back pain and cradles you instead of relying on a mattress to take away joint pain.

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