How to Lie in a Hammock
The most important thing about hanging hammocks without spreader bars is to arrange the hammock's suspension loops at head height, and not too far apart so that the hammock hangs down in a deep arc. This then allows a diagonal lying position, like a real Brazilian.
This positions keeps the back straight and is the secret of being able to spend hours in a hammock.
For hammocks with spreader bars, the hammock is not intended to be hung with a dip and the best lying position is straight rather than diagonal. If you intend to sleep in your hammock then a hammock without spreader bars is most comfortable as it offers the best upper back support.
The other tips we have received for lying in a hammock include:
- Let the hammock swing gently from side to side. A light breeze should do this for you
- A cushion or pillow is a useful addition. A vintage linen cushion goes well with the natural hammock.
- Silence, so you can hear the birds. Leave your ipod in the house!