The humble hammock has been around for centuries but what do we actually know about them? Where do they originate from? Why do I sleep better in a hammock? Well we have picked our top interesting facts about hammocks and have put them all in one place here for your perusal!
Who invented the hammock?
Well depending on who you ask you will be either told the Mayans invented hammocks or you will be told we simply do not know. The Mayans invented a lot of things among them something you can enjoy in a hammock – Chocolate! But truth be told no one can definitely tell you who invented the humble hammock! We can however tell you who brought them to Europe – Christopher Columbus! Yes he found the America’s and brought hammocks to Europe!
Hammocks give you a deeper sleep
There is a reason you feel relaxed and chilled when you climb into a hammock – and it has to do with the rocking motion in a cocoon that makes you feel like a baby being cradled by its mother that triggers a relaxed and comfortable leading to a deep, satisfying sleep! There is also the question of weight distribution – as your body weight is more evenly spread out in a hammock, there are less pressure points on parts of your body again leading to a more relaxed and deeper sleep!
They were not always for relaxation
Modern day hammocks are usually seen as a relaxation tool rather than a work item, but back in approximately the 1500s a century after Christopher Columbus brought them back to Europe the Royal Navy adopted them as beds on board their ships, partly due to space saving but also for the comfort of the sailors as the hammock would sway with the movement of the ship meaning less sailors falling off beds!
World’s highest hammock
Bit of a daredevil? Like a room with a view? Head for heights? The world’s highest hammock was over 492 feet in the air over a canyon! It was hanging around for a week in 2014 and suspended 492 feet off the ground and 213 feet away from the nearest piece of solid land! Not for the faint of heart!