Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

For the last several years, I’ve been keeping a list of features I want in my dream house. They include a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves, a giant kitchen and maybe even a secret passageway. Another thing to add to that list? A hammock, which I’d install in my perfectly manicured backyard.
WhyYouShouldInstallAHammock Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever
Hammocks have long been the epitome of leisure. And although I think they go best with a sandy beach and a few umbrella-topped drinks, hammocks are a great addition to your yard if you’d like a quiet, relaxing place to read, nap or simply enjoy your surroundings.
Need more motivation to install a hammock at home? NPR recently published a blog that explores why hammocks help facilitate an easy, deep sleep. Nancy Shute writes that Swiss researchers found that the gentle rocking motion produced by the hammock causes people to fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply.


Not only do people sleep more deeply on a hammock, but Shute writes that researchers found a difference in brain activity as a result of the rocking motion. The length of N2 sleep was increased, which Shute writes “is a form of non-REM sleep that takes up about half of a good night’s rest.”
If you’re now inspired to install a hammock, you’ll have several types from which to choose. You can hang them using posts or trees, but keep in mind that trees should be a minimum of 12 inches in diameter and made of hard wood. Keep your hammock about four feet off the ground, but six to eight feet is even better.
Do you have a hammock at home? And if not, do you plan on installing one?
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  • http://www.yahoo.com Theresa

    Thanks for bringing some levity to home improvement. Sometimes we sure need to step back and laugh at ourselves or others.

  • http://www.houseinprogress.net jm

    I think a t-shirt is in order here. Because I can definitely relate to feeling “Not Norm” sometimes. :)

    • http://www.charlesandhudson.com Charles & Hudson

      Don’t we all!

  • http://unitytucson.com Larry

    Replaced the unit shown (shamed into doing so) with a $179 stainless steel unit with 3 burners and a side warmer from a place here called Big Lots. Discovered a challenge as I thought a conversion kit was available to go from LPG to natural gas. Not so, the company told us. If you are ever told this, don’t believe them. There is a conversion chart that tells one how much larger to drill the venturi openings…it will be a drill bit with a number designation such as 50 or 52. Do this, and any LPG rated BBQ is good to go to use natural gas.