Do you get better nights sleep in Tent or Hammock?

Traditionally tents have been a symbol of camping,

However, in recent times there has been an upswing in popularity in camping hammocks.

Backpackers and minimalist campers have being swearing by them for years, and for good reason.

They are light weight, easily stored away in backpacks and can easy set-up and down.

But importantly do you receive a better nights sleep in a tent or hammock?

Better nights sleep in tent or hammock?

So you you get a better night sleep in a tent or hammock? For most people without spine injuries find that sleeping in a hammock is better than a tent bed.  If you’ve ever crawled into a hammock and found yourself drifting into a deep, relaxing sleep, you understand why.

A hammock encloses you, rocks you, and takes pressure off your spine whilst lowering your blood pressure and reducing stress levels. 

In fact according to a recent study, you will receive a better nights sleep in a hammock than a tent. 

A team of Swiss and French scientists performed a study of 12 male volunteers who were not habitual nappers.

The volunteers are agreed to try an afternoon snooze on both a stationary bed and a rocking bed while machines scanned their brains, eye and muscle movements. 

The results from the study found that volunteers feel asleep quicker in the hammock and deeper more refreshing sleep.

Now i have answered the main question, let’s explore other questions relating to hammocks sleeping, safety and comfort. 

Is hammock safer than a tent?

Sleeping in a hammock is safe so long as you have correctly set-up the hammock and taken precautions.

A tent may be more dangerous since you are not raised up from the ground from creatures and don’t have the visibility of surrounds.

Regardless of setting up tent or hammock you need avoid camping directly under large trees.

When pitching your hammock remember to look up to ensure there aren’t any loose, dead or overhanging tree limbs.

Secondly, don’t pitch your hammock in a dry river bed. 

Just needs heavy rain upstream for you to be swamped by fast rising water. This can be dangerous.

Better nights sleep in Tent or Hammock?

Can sleep in hammock damage your back?

Sleeping in a hammock should not damage your back, this is assuming you have set-up your hammock correctly. 

Sleeping in hammock forces you to sleep on you back reducing the pressure on your spine. 

If you have a pre-existing spinal condition like scoliosis or a pinched spinal nerve, sleeping in a hammock bed can be especially painful.

Talk with your doctor if you have a pre-existing back condition and see if they recommend using a hammock bed. 

Is a tent better than hammock for sleeping on the stomach?

Sleeping on your stomach or side in a hammock can be uncomfortable. If you are a stomach or side sleeper try sleeping in a hammock.

Since hammocks are designed for back sleepers you may quickly find you become a back sleeper in a hammock.

If sleeping in a hammock doesn’t work out, you can always go back to sleeping in a tent. 

The recommended sleeping position is sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your back does prevent neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux. 

Which is warmer tent or hammock?

In short, Hammocks are colder than tents. Hammocks provide less protection from tents.

However, this can easily be fixed by having a tarp place over your hammock in an A-frame position. 

A Tarp will block cold wind hitting your hammock while you’re sleeping. It will also protect you from the rain keeping you toasty inside. 

You can also buy a hammock that has an over-cover on it that layers over the top netting to hold in your body heat like a tent.

How cold is too cold for hammock camping?

It’s never too cold for hammock camping. So long as you are prepared with the right winter gear and set-up you will be warm.

How to make your hammock warmer

Making a hammock warmer is quite simple.

Placing a deflated camping pad into the hammock, or even folding up a blanket underneath can all be utilized to help keep you warmer.

I have also seen campers use quilts to place over themselves in the hammock. 

Some campers, particularly hikers prefer to use closed-cell foam (CCF) pads.

There are affordable with many different types on the market.

Unlike sleeping pads, you don’t need to worry about punctures or having to inflate them.

The downside with CCF pads, although they are very light they can be bulky when rolled or folded up.

One of my favorite options to keep toasty warm is the use of an underquilt.

Underquilts are like a lightweight sleeping bag that attaches to the underside of your hammock, providing insulation and acts as a wind barrier when hung beneath the hammock.

Do I need a hammock Underquilt?

Yes, if the weather is cold its best to use a hammock underquilt.

If the weather is warm you can get away with not having a underquilt.

Photo OneTigris hammock underquilt

Under quilts can be used in conjunction with a sleeping pad or CCF (closed cell foam), alternatively underquilts can replace the need for sleeping pads or CCF. It’s really up to the camper. 

Do you need a sleeping bag with a hammock?

Yes, unless it is really warm, it is best to sleep with a sleeping bag. 

Do you need a pillow in a hammock?

Yes, for a comfortable night’s sleep it’s best to sleep with a pillow or bag stuff with clothes or blanket. 

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