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Celebrate National Hammock Day – Lounging in a Hammock!

july 22 hammock on the beachThere’s nothing more relaxing than spending the day relaxing in a hammock. Modern life is so busy and stressful for many of us. Just imagine the feeling of kicking back with a cool drink and gazing at the clouds lazily drifting by — or drifting off to a peaceful slumber. Sheer bliss, right? The rocking motion of a hammock is also perfect for helping soothe you to sleep after a hard day.

With National Hammock Day coming up on July 22, 2017, there’s no better excuse to celebrate by getting yourself a hammock. But, where do you start? Read on to find out lots more about the humble hammock.

A Brief History of the Hammock

It’s thought that use of the hammock dates back as far as 1,000 years ago. They’re thought to have been crafted from plant fibers or tree bark by the Maya and other indigenous peoples of Central America. There were very practical reasons why this group of people elected to sleep suspended between two trees – they stayed out of contact with the ground, and were protected from poisonous insects and wild creatures roaming around.

It’s believed that Columbus and his men were the first Europeans to ever see a hammock and to bring some back to Spain from the Bahamas. The beds were also known to be widely used in Brazil, as the writings of Portuguese-born Brazilian historian Pero de Magalhães Gandavo documented in 1570.

Today, hammocks are mostly used for leisure purposes here in the U.S. But, how can you find the right one for your needs? First, you need to understand the types.

Types of Hammocks

Couple sleeping in hammock.jpgThere are several different types of hammocks on the market today. Each type has its own purpose and features. Generally speaking, the two main types are fabric hammocks and rope hammocks.

    • Fabric hammocks are best used in cooler climates and dry quickly.
    • Rope hammocks are designed for use in warmer and drier climates.

If you plan to use your hammock for sleeping, you might want to choose a fabric style so you don’t awake with a rope criss-cross pattern all over your back and legs. However, rope hammocks are great to just relax in for a while — with the added benefit that they can keep you cool.

A Word About Spreader Bars

Some hammocks have wooden spreader bars at each end to provide you with a flat, wide surface to rest on. It must be noted that these designs can often flip over without any notice. Also, they don’t mold to your body as they are flat surfaces.

Types without spreader bars have a far less structured and more “natural” look. These include camping, Nicaraguan, Mayan and Brazilian hammocks. None of these kinds should flip over once you’re laying out flat in them. These are good for spending lots of time in.

There are so many different styles of hammocks to choose;  check them out and celebrate National Hammock Day the way it was meant to be celebrated — relaxing!

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